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60 seconds with Stuart Sykes, Managing Director, Sharp Business Systems UK

Stuart Sykes

What’s currently having the greatest impact on your business?

The growing desire for businesses to be a part of the digital transformation trend. Workplace digitisation has been happening for a number of years, but it’s starting to have a real visible impact on the way people want to work, and their technology preferences. People are now used to a far more complex ecosystem of digital tools and digital sources of information. This is making businesses rethink the technology and tools they offer, which in turn has led to demand for solutions that are flexible, intuitive and open to a wide range of users.

Where do you see the next big opportunity?

This is also related to digitisation, but more specifically how it is changing the way we interact with one another. In a digital working environment, with phones, tablets and virtual teams, it can be challenging for people to collaborate and exchange information in a way that is easy and effective. It’s increasingly common that people in a meeting are not in the same room, even the same country, so developing tools that invite people to connect more interactively will be very important. Establishing these collaborative tools for the next generation of workers has the potential to further grow our business and that of our dealers.

What would make your day job easier?

Having more time and an improved exchange rate!

What’s the best bit of business advice you’ve been given?

To look back on your day and ask yourself ‘did I make a difference today?’

If you had had a crystal ball, would you have done anything differently?

I wouldn’t have been a lifelong (so, long-suffering) Barnsley football fan!

Describe your most embarrassing moment.

Admitting that I’ve been a lifelong Barnsley fan.

What was your first job?

I had a summer job as a gardener at IOT.

What would be your dream job?

Park Ranger in an American national park, or a taster at the Guinness factory.

Fine dining and good wine, or curry and a pint?

Curry and a pint.

Money’s not an issue, what’s your perfect car… and where would you like to drive it?

Aston Martin, along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Favourite holiday destination.

African safari on honeymoon.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I can be a bit hyperactive so I enjoy the gym, running, and walking my spaniel into the hills – all followed by a bit of liquid recovery of course.