From AM to PM with Mark Noble, MD of Castles Residential Sales & Lettings

By Anita Jaynes on January 26, 2016

A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.

New for 2016, 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 Mark Noble, managing director of Swindon based Castles Residential Sales & Lettings.

 1. What time does your alarm go off?

My alarm goes off at 6:00am four mornings a week. But every Wednesday I’m up at 5:00am, I leave early to attend and help run the Swindon BNI networking chapter.

2. What’s the first thing you do?

I’ll shower, shave and get the suit on. I try to be ready and out within 30 minutes as I have a 50+ mile commute from Hampshire to Swindon.

3. What do you do for lunch?

Often I’ll meet with my good friend and MD of Mortgage Advice Bureau Swindon, Jeremy Morcumb, for a quick bite on Commercial Road. This gives us a great opportunity to bounce ideas off each other.

4. What do you love most about your job?

Owning and running one of Swindon’s leading estate agents and working alongside highly motivated and loyal professionals.

5. What’s the worst part of the job?

Internet and cheap agents who claim to offer the same service as us professional, hardworking and traditional estate agents. Their services do not compare and they’re making the industry harder than it needs to be.

6. What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?

My mobile phone. It not only allows me to communicate with my clients, colleagues, family and friends but it allows me to run my business 24/7 from where ever I am.

7. What do you do after work?

After driving home, I spend the evening with my lovely wife Lisa, my son and daughter and Rosie, our pet Kings Charles Cavalier. Keeping fit is also important, so I try to run and cycle, too.

8. If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

I enjoy buying and selling property, so if I was forced to change direction then I would become a property investor, staying within the industry I have loved for the past 28 years.