09 June 2017

What it Takes to Win BCM of the Year

What a year this has been for Gerard Francis, Colchester Business Centre Manager who won the 2016/2017 Business Centre Manager of the Year. We caught up with him to find out what it takes to win.

Congratulations Gerard, tell us what was your reaction when your name was called for BCM of the Year?

I was really chuffed and proud to have achieved the award, it goes to show that hard work is recognised and that it does pay off. When you work with such a highly qualified, experienced team of staff both internally and externally, you can only exceed! I personally feel it is not just an achievement for me but for all staff involved with our branch.

What motivates you every day?

I would say two things, one is trying to be a successful role model to my family, doing something that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. And the other is making sure that the people who represent Newcross have enough work to provide for their families.

How do you unwind after a busy day at work?

Definitely a bike ride, football or badminton! I love sports and where family and work life permits, I like to get involved as much as possible.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV?

I danced Gangnam style on Top of the Pops Christmas special 2015.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Working with such an awesome bunch of people. Our staff in the office are awesome and always there to help out in time of need, helping you to learn and develop new skills. I am particularly proud of the Healthcare staff we have working for the branch as I truly believe they make a difference to the industry we are in.

What advice would you give to new BCMs joining Newcross?

Persistence ALWAYS pays off. You will have ups and downs, but if you persist with the right attitude, you will get there. Stick to the Newcross way, persist and you WILL be a success.

Who is your hero?

My Great Uncle Pete - recently passed away, the man had a cap for Wales rugby team during the war and lived life to the full, enjoying every minute and taking everyone with him in that enjoyment - contagious to say the least. He was a role model to many kids he teached and was a loving husband for his whole life, being married to my Great Auntie for over 65 years before they passed away

Your go to celebration song?

Memories - David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi