From a humble grocer’s assistant to a company formations specialist, Andrew Cockburn has worked his way up in business over the last 30 years to become an expert in his field. Here, he tells Scotland B2B why he’s all about Radio 2 and how he’d love to team up with the Federation of Small Businesses.
If there’s one man you should talk to when setting up a business, or making sure it stays on the right side of company law, it’s Andrew Cockburn.
As director of Jordans in Scotland, Andrew, who is based in Edinburgh, has more than 30 years’ expertise in helping Scottish businesses not only get off the ground as a limited company, but on the right foot.
He’s the go-to man for all your start-up questions, from whether you should set up as a limited company, to how the latest rules and regulations affect you.
There’s no business dilemma Andrew hasn’t encountered and he regularly works with professional services consultancies, such as lawyers and accountants, to help them provide added value to their clients and, ultimately, stay on the right side of business law.
He can help with company formations, company compliance secretarial work, and corporate legal services but, like many business experts, loathes unproductive meetings.
Here, we find out more about what makes him tick…
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Having had a great time and experience as a member of the Air training Corps, The Royal Air force, as a jet fighter pilot of course!
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first real paid job was working after school as a grocer’s assistant (well I liked to think so at the time) with the once well-known chain Hays Grocer’s
Q: Describe what you do in your current role
A: I manage the Scottish office of the Jordan Group, providing a wide range of corporate legal support services, such as company formation, corporate governance, company secretarial and company compliance and start-up advice and support
Q: What’s been your worst business mistake?
A: I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years, but nothing that I recall as being life threatening. Learning from them is all part of the experience of developing in any role
Q: If you could change career tomorrow, what would you do?
A: I like the idea of working outside, but only in the good weather!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
A: Managing the sale of our property search division several years ago. Finding the right fit for our staff and customers, with the transition being a steep learning curve. Thankfully we found a successful company, with which many of our original staff are still happily employed to this day.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: First light, followed by a cup of tea
Q: What are your office/business bugbears?
A: Meetings with no real agenda, no objective outcomes and which take far too much time
Q: What’s playing on your iPod/stereo right now?
I must be old; nothing on either, but Radio 2 is still going strong!
Q: With which other business would you most love to work/team up with and why?
A: The Federation of Small Businesses, to provide good, practical and helpful advice supporting the growth and sustainability of these businesses.