TFI - Fergus Moore

TFI - Fergus Moore

 2 Aug 2018

    The Friday Interview
What is your name?
Fergus Moore
What do you do for a living in 10 words?
Cofounder of Revive; creating high value products from waste coffee.
Where do you currently reside?
  1. What memories do you have of your first ever job?
My first ever job was as a paperboy in the village I grew up in. I was 14 and needed money to buy sweets and games and football stickers and whatever else 14 year old me cared about. I was getting up at 6:00am every morning and getting paid something like £15 a week. In hindsight, it was borderline slave-labour…but when you don’t have a mortgage or bills to pay, £15 can buy you plenty of Dairy Milks and Irn-Bru.
  1. What was the best piece of advice you received about your career?
It’s probably the most generic piece of career advice you can get, but “do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life is certainly the first piece of advice I received that I can think of. I’ve now realised that when “what you love” is starting your own business, it actually means that you will work 70 hours a week and barely get any sleep.
  1. Do you have a favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday would have to be driving down the coast of California. The weather, the people, the sights. Everything about it was just perfect. It’s probably also where I’d love to move if I ever left Scotland.
  1. Describe yourself in 3 words?
Impact Driven Entrepreneur
  1. Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes?
I’ve had to put a lot of my hobbies on the back-burner while I’m building up the business as I simply don’t have the time at the moment. But when I do have spare time, I always make sure to get a game of tennis in or to get out on the golf course. I’ve recently taken a more vested interest in my own fitness - healthy body; healthy mind and all that. So I also make sure to get to the gym a few times a week and I’m teaching myself to cook healthier meals. I’ve taught myself to play piano and guitar, and enjoy playing and sometimes writing music. I also try to get to Ibrox to see Rangers play as much as I can - but watching them has been more of a punishment than a hobby over the past few years.
  1. Who did you idolise when growing up?
My grandad had a huge influence on my growing up. It was him that made me want to start my own company. He started a successful dental practice in Helensburgh and also saw real success investing in a huge number of different companies, in numerous industries. He did all this whilst raising 6 children and being heavily involved in the local community. With everything on his plate, he still always made sure to find time to spend with his children and later grandchildren and was also always very philanthropic with his money. I probably didn’t realise just how much of an influence he had had on me until recently but I’ve definitely inherited his drive for success and being able reach a point that I can support my family without having to worry about money.
  1. What would you class as your biggest achievement so far?
Scottish people aren’t very good at talking about their own achievements and being proud of them, but I’ll try. So far in my career, I’ve been lucky enough to gain a first class honours degree, I’ve worked for some prestigious companies around the world and have founded a multi-award winning company. But for me my biggest achievement is a toss up between two things. Firstly, I was shortlisted by Shell to be named as the UK's Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017. Whilst I didn’t start a company to win awards, it was a massive privilege to be named alongside some truly inspiring people and whilst I didn't take the title, it will always be an extremely proud moment in my life. Secondly, and maybe not as obvious an achievement is the day I left my part-time job at M&S to work full time on my company. Whilst it was a scary step to take, it was an amazing moment. I’m extremely proud to have build something that now financially supports my co-founder and myself.
  1. What goals have you set for 2018 and beyond?
In terms of my company, we have very ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond. We’re aiming to secure seed-round investment in the next month or so. We want to move out of the office we’re in, into something nicer as soon as possible. We have an R&D project planned that we want to complete by the end of 2019. During this time, we want to raise further capital with the aim of securing a 7 figure investment. We want to start building our team as soon as possible. And we aim to be recycling over 100 tonnes of waste per-annum in the next 12 months.
My own goals are slightly more abstract. I want to start reading more. I want to travel more and see more new places. I want to teach myself new things like photography, photoshop and videography (no idea why, just always wanted to be good at them). And finally, I want to start getting back into running and start training for marathons.


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