BikeBiz gets to know the people working in the nation's cycle trade, one person at a time (this might take a while). This month it's the turn of Fisher Outdoor's Mark Thompson...
How long have you been with Fisher Outdoor Leisure?
I joined on January 1st 2015.
How long have you worked in the bike industry?
For as long as I have worked at Fisher! Until then all of my working life had been spent as a corporate lawyer.
What’s the best thing about working in the trade?
Getting to be involved with brands, such as Campagnolo, that I as a consumer have been passionate about, is hugely rewarding. Talking and looking at products all day doesn’t get old and getting to know the inside track on upcoming product launches is also pretty cool too.
What’s the best part of your job? And the worst?
Going and visiting brands and understanding their ethos has been my favourite part so far – the range of suppliers that we work with is vast and I’ve found that you only really understand what it is that makes them tick once you’ve had the chance to meet them face-to-face. The worst part is the travelling – commuting from Wimbledon to St Albans each day is quite the journey though it will provide ample opportunity for cycle commuting once the evenings get a bit lighter!
What are you working on at Fisher at the moment?
This month has been a particularly busy one as we have been re-launching Melon helmets and SeaSucker bike racks and will imminently be launching Vittoria road and MTB tyres.
How can the trade get in touch?
Email me at Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07891 349907.
Do you work in the bicycle business? Want to take part in Trade Account? Let us know at BikeBiz@nbmedia.com
This article first appeared in April's BikeBiz. Dozens of our previous editions are available online.