At just 25, he's recently been appointed as managing director of the family firm. Karen Dent talks gaming machines, pubs and smartphone technology with Bob Rudd boss Nick Rudd, and discovers why his dad is his biggest influence.
My working day
5am: Wake up in a good mood usually (this drives my fiancé, Carole-Ann, crazy as she isn't a morning person, my singing does not go down well...), I then hop in the car and make my way to see my personal trainer. The sessions are gruelling but set me up for the day.
7am: I like to get to the office early and sort through the day ahead before the barrage of emails start coming in and the phone starts ringing. I’ll pick up my breakfast of poached eggs from the local diner on my way and eat those at work too.
9am: I'll head down to the workshop, every morning in all of our depots we have a morning meeting, here all of the service technicians, account managers, marketing manager and security manager meet to discuss the previous day’s service calls.
9.30am: Straight after the morning meeting I’ll have a wander around the office to have a chat with everyone. I can be a bit of a nightmare to get hold of when meetings commence so I try to answer any questions people may have first thing.
10am: I often have internal meetings with staff about projects and up and coming deadlines, these may include conference calls or video calls to our other depots.
1pm: After lunch I may have a meeting with a current or potential customer. I always like to give customers a tour of the office and introduce them to staff. As we are a family business it’s nice to add a personal touch when clients visit. In head office we also have a product showroom and a Perfect Pub where new concepts and machines are set up ready to play, this helps customers visualise our plans.
5pm: Most of the staff leave around five and I sit at my desk and finish off on the day’s emails and missed calls and long-term projects.
7pm: I’ll head home and persuade Carole-Ann to come to the pub or let me go with the lads, all in the name of market research.
9pm: I have a final look through my emails and make sure I've done everything for the day, normally I get a feel for the trials and tribulations of the next day!