We asked our summer issue contributors where they escape to when business leaves them burnt out. Here’s where they go to recharge…
Co-founder, Gandys Flip-Flops
Something we [Forkan and his co-founder brother, Paul] both do on a regular basis is play five-a-side on a pitch just down the road from our HQ. We live together as well, and yet playing football is the one time we won’t talk about work – because we can’t. We’re big cricket lovers too, having played a lot while travelling around India.
Read how they started their business here
General secretary, TUC
I absolutely love the seaside. As you get older it’s great having friends who have retired and dot themselves conveniently round the coast near London, so that I am able to go and visit. Sitting in the back garden with my closest friends and family, with a chilled glass of cider
or a cup of tea, is also a great way to relax and unwind.
O’Grady talks about challenges facing UK industry and the secret of great leadership here
Chief executive, Johnson Service Group
I can relax anywhere with my family. I don’t play golf or any sport, but I’ve got four lovely grandchildren. Along with my wife, they help me recharge my batteries. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so spending time with my family is very valuable. They’re always very good at bringing things down to earth. Family time is very valuable in business.
Read how he went from near-bankruptcy to a £210m turnover here
Founder, Little Coffee Bag Co
My conservatory. We work from our home in Shropshire in an outbuilding; we even have pigs in the garden. However, it’s great to take refuge in the conservatory – it overlooks the countryside and it’s immediately relaxing. It was built by my husband with his bare hands – he has his own company which designs orangeries, greenhouses and glasshouses.
I head to Ibiza. It might not sound an obvious choice of somewhere to go to recharge, but there’s so much more to the island than clubbing. I start the day with yoga at Amante Beach Club overlooking the sea, which never fails to relax me. There are so many beautiful, hidden-away beaches and plenty of places to go for long lunches with great food.
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Interim managing director and head of business development, Armstrong Denby
The Alps (usually the Tyrol in Austria or southern Germany). Mountain air is the best way to recharge. In winter, Alpine or Nordic skiing are wonderful exercises and the beauty of that time of the year is not having to think about what you’re going to do tomorrow as you’re skiing. In summer, the blend of fresh air and sunshine at altitude is unbeatable.
Young reviewed one of our three must-have travel gadget here