The Five minute Interview with Jim Wylie, BDM for Scotland, Hope Capital
We speak to Business Development Manager for Hope Capital in Scotland, Jim Wylie:
What is the best thing about being in the bridging finance industry?
I particularly enjoy the range of challenges I am faced with, meeting new people and helping brokers and their clients with their short term lending requirements.
What keeps you focused?
I would have to say that my work and family help to keep me motivated and help to encourage me to do bigger and better things.
What qualities do you look for in your colleagues?
The key traits that I look for in individuals are professionalism, a good sense of humour and the ability to work well as a team.
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
I think you have to be an optimist when working in this ever changing sector; I always look ahead and believe things will always get better.
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to play professional football for Scotland.
What will be the greatest challenge facing the industry in the coming months?
I think the biggest challenge we will face will be the economy itself. It is regularly reported in the media that the economy is unsafe and unstable, and issues like the ageing population, pension promises and interest rates will continue to pose a real risk to the country’s economy.
Who or what makes you laugh?
A lot of things make me laugh. I’ve got a broad sense of humour and I particularly enjoy current comedians such as Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre and TV shows like Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Do you dread Monday mornings?
I enjoy Monday mornings because they offer a fresh start to the week and it is the opportune time to take stock of what challenges lie ahead for the rest of the week.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be honest, I’m happy with everything I have been given and wouldn’t change a thing. I enjoy my job and have a great family.
Who would you most like to have dinner with?
I would like to have dinner with Angela Merkle because she remains calm and collected under pressure; Sir Alex Ferguson due to his ability to motivate a team of individuals so they continue to better themselves; the inspirational Malala Yousafzai because of her unwavering determination and footballer Pele and Rod Stewart because they were my childhood heroes.