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10 Questions With – Tony Hague, MD of PP Control & Automation
1 – If you were prime minister, what would be the first thing you would change or improve for manufacturers?
An interesting one. On reflection, I’d create a genuine UK-wide manufacturing strategy, which is cross-party, long-term and encourages sustainable investment.
2 – What is your proudest achievement related to manufacturing in your career?
Helping PP Control & Automation become a genuine world leader in what we do. We’ve come a long way since the company was founded in 1967, marking our 50th year in business with a new £1m factory extension.
3 – What one thing that you have implemented in your business would you recommend other manufacturers embrace and implement?
Simple…invest and train your people to be the best they can be.
4 – If you were given 1 million pounds – how would you invest that in your business?
I’d Invest further in the development of our business in overseas markets, with a specific focus on new opportunities in the US.
5 – If you could choose, what would you like your legacy to be once you retire?
To see PP continue its growth across international markets, creating opportunities for young engineers and ensuring the company has the resilience and culture to remain a long-term success.
6 – What is your view on post Brexit Britain – positive, negative or indifferent and why?
Despite being firmly in the ‘remain’ camp, my view is currently positive. Time will tell though, as the game unfolds.
7 – What is a typical day for you? Time you wake up, get to the factory/office, go home etc.
Up at 6.15am, watch the news and then in the office for 8.00am – that is unless I’m travelling to customers. The day can end at any time between 6 to 8pm.
8 – How do you see smart technology (IoT & Industry 4.0) affecting the long-term growth of UK manufacturing?
Essential. The UK lags embarrassingly behind most developed economies and we need to leverage any new technology we can to help us become more competitive and productive.
9 – Any wise words, advice or tips for someone looking to pursue a career in manufacturing
Only enter into manufacturing if you feel a passion for it. It is hard work, it’s challenging, it’s changing fast and it’s not for the faint hearted. However, it is also massively rewarding – far better than being a banker !
10 – What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
‘Trust your instincts – they rarely let you down.’
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