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28 Two minute interview February 2017 Who are you? My name is Jay Blake and I am the brand ambassador for space-pod, a leading office refurbishment company. Born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK I am married with two girls who are 13 and 11 years respectively. What is your connection with the London Chamber of Commerce? space-pod are members of the Chamber and I have the privilege of maximising this membership by visiting networking events, speaking to other members and building relationships. What was your first job in London? I was 17 or 18 and I got a job doing telemarketing for a company that promoted working in the Eastern bloc (as it then was). I was based in a little building next to Embankment station. My lasting memory of working there is the team leader shouting out: “What’s Monday?” and the rest us of us groaning back: “The best day of the week” before we all headed to the local pub for a lunchtime drink. Which one business achievement over the last 12 months are you most proud of, and why? Joining the team at space-pod at the beginning of November 2016. When you find a job that fits you rather than trying to mould yourself into a position, you know you will make the best of it. Building relationships and trust are two of my greatest passions, whether that is face-to-face or through the power of social media. I have been heard to say that having this much fun while working is almost unheard of. “If there is one thing I hate about my job it’s ... … having to take my own bread to networking events. The joys of being gluten intolerant means it’s always safer to have my own rather than worry about the effects other bread might have on me.” If you were advising a young entrepreneur which business person would you suggest as a model? Sir Richard Branson is an obvious choice I guess, but as a dyslexic with a entrepreneurial spirit he particularly inspires me. How is your business reacting to Brexit? As I understand it, lots of organisations put office refurbishment projects on hold due to Brexit. Things are starting to move and while 2017 will still be a year of much change we are looking forward to an exciting future. How do you think the transport system in London can be improved? The ability to find your way across town utilising a variety of different forms of transport makes getting across London so much easier. I am a recent convert to Google Maps and the way it enables me to use tube, bus (and my own leg-power) to get around. My only requirement for improvement would be an increased frequency of buses. What is your favourite and least favourite thing about London? My favourite thing is the pace. I like being able to connect with a variety of people and fill days when I am in town with meeting them. My least favourite thing is travelling at peak times which is why I get in early and leave early or late, avoiding the rush hour. If you were Mayor of London for the day which one thing would you change? Verbal communication, not that you can necessarily force that on people. I love meeting new people, and just travelling around our fabulous city provides opportunities to make new friends and, from time to time, new business contacts. Smile at people and say hello! You never know, they might just need someone to talk to and it might end up in amazing opportunities for you both. www.space-pod.co.uk Two minute interview Jay Blake, brand manager, space-pod “Building relationships and trust are two of my greatest passions, whether that is face-to-face or through the power of social media.” Photo by David Shankbone


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