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work hard but we always try and take the
chance to get away for a nice business
lunch or have our own staff meetings and
conferences on weekends away together."
What, if any, is the downside?
"I'm sure many family businesses would
say the same thing and that is it's hard not
to talk about the business at home," Mr
Mannering said. "Occasionally, this has
its advantages though as the kids get to
contribute their thoughts and ideas."
How do you keep business and family life
"A lot of the time it's difficult but we make
the conscious effort to say 'Right, no more
business talk'," Mr Mannering said. "Then
the trick is to get on to something more
important, like kids' homework or planning
family events, that can replace the business
"Also, each year we plan a major family
trip, such as a camping trek, that we can all
focus on to get our minds off the business."
Tips for continuing success?
"It's very important to enjoy the work
you're doing, because the enthusiasm
spills over to the clients," Mr Mannering
said. "So, we keep things fresh without
changing things too much. We keep up
with the latest trends and technology in
our industry and we remain flexible for our
clients and their needs.
"Also, get good people to help you and
work with you. Our other trainer, Roberta,
has been with us for a while now and she's
Where do you see yourself/selves in 10
"Teaching/training is something you can
keep doing well into your older years, so
I think I'll be still doing something along
those lines by then," Mr Mannering said.
Would you recommend family partnerships
"If you get on and work well together in
that important business we call 'home and
family life', then the same should happen at
work as well," Mr Mannering said.
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