10 In 10. Adrian Wray From Huddersfield Based Leach
In this new and exclusive feature for The Yorkshire Times, we put a regional business professional in the hot seat and give them 10 minutes to answer our 10 burning questions. Here, we hear from Adrian Wray, sales and marketing director at Huddersfield-based Leach.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
Adrian Wray, sales and marketing director at Huddersfield-based Leach
That’s a tough one – it varies a lot! On a daily basis you might find me in the office working on strategies, in France with our new owners or spending time with the Leach team at our Huddersfield HQ. A major part of my job is advising clients, getting the Leach message across and essentially selling things!
What makes your company special?
We pride ourselves on a 127-year history of product innovation – supported by our tremendous team of customer-focused staff who are all dedicated to giving excellent service to our amazing clients. And we may be an ‘old’ business, but we have moved with the times dramatically!
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
Always support your team in their endeavours, avoid micro-management and take risks.
Do you dress up or down for work?
I’m old-school, so I always dress up – I only stopped wearing a tie 12 months ago!
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Never think that there’s plenty of time ahead and you should be patient – it’s far better to be restless!
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
The Race Centre in Halifax. It’s one of the UK’s first motorsport simulation venues which has Formula 1 technology – very technical but great fun!
How do you prefer to travel for business?
I like train travel as I can get some work done whilst admiring the beautiful scenery out of the window.
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
Hebden Bridge, where I live. I love to go trekking in the vast fields or along the canal – plus the nightlife is great too!
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
I love Chapter 17 in Hebden Bridge – a small independent restaurant which serves up some of the best classics. I’d recommend the game salad, which is amazing!
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
The people without a doubt – I spend a lot of my time in London and Yorkshire folk are definitely what I miss most. They work hard and play hard – a motto which I firmly believe in!