My Working Life by Andrew Kennedy

The Perton Signs director on his childhood in India, his lazy first boss and his proudest moment. 

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I was born in Carlisle, Cumbria to a pair of missionaries and grew up in India.

 

I went to boarding school in India from the age of four until I was 12 – I loved almost every minute of it.

 

At school I was probably known as a plodder who enjoyed his sport.

 

My first job was doing a paper round at the age of 12. I eventually ran all the paper rounds, marking up and did the hiring and firing of boys and girls – which put me in good stead for my current job.

 

My boss was a lazy wotsit who threw the keys to the shop down to me from his bedroom window to open up at 5:30am while he went back to bed.

 

I played rugby on the opposite wing to Mark Perton who offered me a job at the Club Dinner one year – I didn’t have a clue what was to come, but it all settled down and here I am 32 years later.

 

He started me as second in charge. I am still second in charge – it is a very short ladder, less of a working at height risk.

 

I am president of the Vagabonds Cricket Club – a club I founded 36 years ago with a few chums in Hampshire.

 

The Club is probably better known for its loud pink and red striped jackets – I am the only founder member who still plays – very occasionally – most of the others are in the big pavilion in the sky.

 

Once at a test match at Lords against New Zealand, I was wearing a loud floral jacket that was picked out on a regular basis by the cameras.

 

Past employees now living in NZ started texting me to tell me they had seen me on TV and that I should stop yawning and enjoy the match.

 

I tend to be a bit OCD when it comes to using different colours for different tasks, so currently I have a black pen, a blue pen and a red pen on my desk.

 

I love skiing, but spend most of the time trying to keep up with my boys. I am a fair weather golfer, so I don’t play very much and I am pretty useless – ask Toby Wand.

 

I have a little 65-year old, wooden motorboat called Dodger on the Thames near where I live. It is very relaxing travelling at 2mph with a glass of chilled wine and all the cares of this world seem to disappear.

 

My proudest moment was when Perton Signs won the AEO’s Most Respected Company of the Year Award in 2015.

 

At the weekends, I try and get away from anything to do with work, but with the nature of our business I am always on call to keep our customers happy.

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