The following In the Spotlight article featuring Mark Harvie first appeared in the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Comment Autumn/Summer 2015 edition of their magazine.
What were you doing between 10 and 12 this morning?
A presentation to a customer in our McDonald Road showroom.
What do you see as your job’s biggest challenge?
Competing against poor competition that put their own interests before that of the clients.
What do you consider your biggest business triumph?
A great moment for me is when a large customer “blows our trumpet” to a new client and we conclude quality business and start a new long term working partnership.
Do you have any money-saving business tips?
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What do you believe are the 3 key stages on your career ladder?
Joining Capital in 1988
Account Manager to Sales Manager in 2003
Board Director 2014
Where do you stand on work/life balance?
I work hard but I play hard too and enjoy spending time with my family.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My 17 year old daughter, Ciara Harvie, is a classical soprano and I enjoy watching her bring so much joy and emotion to an audience.
What qualities do you need to see in your employees?
People need to be proud of what they do and continuously look to improve their skills.
In business, is it more important to be liked or successful?
You can be successful without trampling over others.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to others trying to reach the top?
Be very passionate about whatever you do in life.
Who is your hero?
Amongst many I have great respect for Sir Alex Ferguson because of the long period he was with Man United – all the highs and lows he took the club through.
Any business (or other) projects you would like to plug?
Other than your current position, what would be your dream job?
A television pundit for Formula 1 racing.
Who (living or dead) would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
Jackie Stewart, Kate Winslet, Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, Frank Sinatra and David Attenborough.
Outside of business, what is the most important thing in your life?
My wife and children as well as my brothers and sister and all of their families.