Phil Gillies, the managing director of post-production firm Golden Square, talks technology
Mentor At no point of my career have I had a mentor. I've learnt it all for myself.
I lean on My operations director and co-founder, Alan Young. He helps me translate the goobledegook and make the right decisions.
Business milestone The realisation that my first business (a market research company) had gone as far as it could go. I sold that in 1999 and set up Golden Square with four shareholding directors and have achieved success.
Business nightmare Lurking on the horizon is the fear that technology will move faster than we do. Thanks to our crystal-ball gazers, that hasn't happened so far.
Useful business reads I read for relaxation. I use the Net for information; and I read the Financial Times.
If I were prime minister... I'd abolish fees for university. Graduates in our industry don't earn very much. It's outrageous that people start their business life under a mountain of debt.
Best piece of advice? The old adage: turnover is vanity, profit is sanity.
How do I relax? I travel, watch cricket and play Sudoku.
If not a director... I'd like to be a cricket correspondent for a national newspaper—that way, I wouldn't feel guilty about the amount of cricket that I watch.
What keeps me awake? Nothing. In the start-up phase there was so much to do. Setting up a post-production company took a big leap of faith, but it was one of my better ideas. It gave me a new lease of life.
Best bits The opportunity to do things the way you think they should be done and not how other people would do it. Developing other people's careers—advising and guiding people.
Worst bits I really think when you've been doing it on your own for a while, you become unemployable.