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Monday, 01 September 2014

Always thinking about new ideas

MIKE Marczynski, 64, is MD of Business Lines, based in Kirkby Lonsdale. Mr Marczynski is involved in a variety of businesses associated with car safety and classic car parts and also has a property management company, based in South Lakes, named Premium Property Management. Recently he has started Sine Dubio, which acts as an agent for Lakeland artists.

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MIKE MARCZYNSKI

What was your first job?

First job was at ICI working in their research department at Blackley, Manchester.

Describe the company you own in one sentence.

A team of great people all pushing in the right direction!

How many people are you responsible for?

About 20.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Succeeding in business on my own account.

What gives you the biggest work buzz?

The company getting some great orders, especially as sometimes it can take years to achieve a breakthrough with some clients.

What’s your motto at work?

Work hard, never give up, never close doors and definitely don’t burn any bridges. Enjoy yourself in the process.

Your first car?

I used to tell people I had a BMW when I was 18, which was true, but it was a three-wheeler Isetta BMW. Had some laughs in that car!

What’s the best thing about being a boss?

The buck stops with me, so I don’t have to bounce stuff upstairs for a decision.

What’s the worst thing about being a boss?

Not found anything yet.

What’s your favourite website?

I like trawling through www.autotrader.co.uk.

How do you relax?

I’m useless at sport, but like to watch Match of the Day whilst trying to crack the Telegraph crossword.

We have a cottage in the New Forest which is a great place to relax and go to some nice pubs and restaurants, and have long walks.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Cumbria?

Such a great place to live and breathe.

If we arrived at your office today, what item might we be surprised to find on your desk?

I’m always thinking up new ideas for new products, or some business development idea. I work on loads of things simultaneously, and hopefully only the best emerge from my desk to face the world. Most people would think I’m daft, but I persevere with these things probably well past when other people would do.

Something your employees would be surprised to find out about you...

I have inner confidence, yes, but actually I’m quite shy.

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