A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.
Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community. This week we put the spotlight on Jeremy Morcumb.
Jeremy is the owner of Mortgage Advice Bureau Swindon, an independent provider of mortgage advice for people in Swindon and its surrounding areas.
What time does your alarm go off?
I like to get up early, typically around 6.00 am. It is important for me to get up at this time so I can get on with things at home before I head into our office on Commercial Road, Swindon.
What’s the first thing you do?
Once I am up, the first thing I do is walk the dog. This gives me a great opportunity to plan for the day ahead.
What do you do for lunch?
I normally meet up with Mark Noble from Castles Residential Sales & Lettings to catch up and share ideas; a welcome break from the rigors of business. Lunch is usually on the run as we are so busy and this year I am trying to eat healthily.
What do you love most about your job?
Receiving a recommendation, word-of-mouth is incredibly powerful and having a great reputation is the cornerstone of a successful business. We always strive to offer the very best service and are very passionate about mortgages and the housing market and we work to the philosophy that nothing is too much trouble for our clients.
What’s the worst part of the job?
It is really disappointing to advise a client that their mortgage application has been declined. Whilst in the world of mortgages this is inevitable we always try to find solutions to challenges but it is not always possible. Very frustrating!
What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?
Work life balance is always a challenge but I have an iPhone and an iPad so where ever I am I can review my emails and my diary and work remotely from time to time.
What do you do after work?
I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and children. Family time is really important so we always try to do fun things as well as going shopping, helping with homework or running the children to their various clubs or simply relaxing as a family. I also try to go to the gym 2/3 times a week.
If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?
If I wasn’t working in mortgages, I would have options as over the years I have acquired lots of experience and gained a lot of knowledge of running a business and managing people. I believe the skills I have acquired are transferable to many management roles, possibly even consultancy work. Hopefully I won’t need a plan B as I really enjoy running my business.