Another Monday, another wonderful member! This week we decided to interview Andrew Fleet, a member of ours who is always in and out of our space busy on the shows and busy doing what he does best. We sat down with Andrew (over a warm cup of tea) and found out all about who he is and what he does! Happy reading.
What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks
Basically, I am just covering the logistical movements on the events which the BDC handle in the venue. So technically, I am making sure all the clients are happy, making sure all the freight arrives at the right time, liasing with the clients, seeing what their requirements are at the end of the show and then at the end of the show, we pack it all up and ship it to anywhere in the world it has to go. [Angeliki: Is it difficult dealing with all the different clients?]. To be honest, the easy bit is dealing with the clients, it’s the fun part really. It is very difficult when the client isn’t happy but if you do a good job and you do the service, it’s all about word of mouth, that’s how we get business at the end of the day.
How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.
I grew up in the shipping industry. A lot of my family were in the shipping industry and I decided I wanted to do something different that put my knowledge within the shipping industry out there. I joined a company called Beck and Pollitzer and at the age of… very young with a full head of hair (laughs) – I ended up in Beijing and never came back. I spent a year and a half in Beijing doing exhibitions. That’s how I learned the business and got into the industry. It’s one of those industries where you either love it or you hate it. If you love it, 30 years go by but if you hate it, you are out within a week. [Angeliki: What was Beijing like?] It was different. Compared to now, you wouldn’t recognise it. Total culture shock but very interesting.
Why did you decide to join a coworking space?
Mainly because I moved to London and we needed a place to work here. We joined the coworking space because we handle all the exhibitions and freight for the shows here. I was a bit unsure at first – we usually have our own offices. Our main office is in Cambridge and actually I quite enjoy it. I can float in, float out – the best thing about it is how flexible it is. For me it’s good, we may actually consider bringing another person in. [Angeliki: Yes, I see you are on your own here]. Yes, that’s because I live here. Everyone else lives out in Cambridge where the offices are. For me, it’s great in London, I can run around and have meetings here. The BDC Works unit works well, the office space is great, especially for us. If you on site, people can find you and believe me, people do find me (laughs). Im able to generally keep an eye on everything and make sure it all runs smoothly.
What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?
I find it quite interesting, especially the chatter you hear. The sales pitches from the one guy, the other guy is keeping very quiet and whispering, it’s quite fun really. It’s very different. [Angeliki: I guess it’s interesting to see how other people do and run their business?] Yeah, it’s very interesting. We all learn from each other which is great.
What is something you are extremely passionate about?
I sail. I sail big boats. I have sailed from Fiji to the South of France. My passion – I would like to do the Oyster sailing around the world but that’s not going to happen for a while. [Angeliki: That’s amazing, why not now?]. Unfortunately, I don’t have time. I’m probably going to do it in stages. I’ve done the Med as well, it’s cool and it’s fun. This is why I work hard. [Angeliki: I guess it’s work hard, play harder]. Laughs. The harder I work, the luckier I become.
Give one quote that you try and live by on a daily basis?
Oooh. That’s a difficult one. I think it changes every hour (laughs).
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs
Thank you for a fantastic interview, Andrew and for giving us some insight into what it is that you do!
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