Annette Welch is a Director of MDG Group, a Business Cost Consultancy based on Tay St in Perth which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. MDG Group helps businesses become more profitable by helping them lower and manage their operating costs focusing on the (often considered) dull, but very necessary, world of utilities. They specialise in gas, electric, water and telecoms. The difference between a good supply contract and a bad supply contract can be huge and these contracts have to be actively managed. If you miss an important date within a contract then all the savings achieved by good negotiation can quickly go out the window. They deal with all sizes and sectors of businesses- farms, shops, schools, factories, golf clubs ….the list goes on. Their ‘big thing’ is customer service – taking all the leg work out of the procurement and management process while securing best value for our customers. Most of their customers come to them by referral and 95% of them stay with them long term so they must be doing something right! Annette always offers a free no obligation review so it costs nothing for them to have a look at a business’s current arrangements and for an opinion but, before we get into the detail of your telephone bills, why not read up on what makes Annette tick first:
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Energetic, determined, good fun
What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Soundtrack to Chicago- I saw the wonderful production at Pitlochry Theatre a few weeks ago and have been obsessed with the music ever since
Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Not a JB fan but if forced to choose Daniel Craig
Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Nothing- it’s all just stuff.
Last meal on earth?
Afternoon tea with a nice pot of Earl Grey tea
Dream dinner party guests?
Team Sky…I want to know all their secrets
First thing you’d do if you won £1 million?
Pay someone else to finish all the dozens of jobs needing done in our home and invest the rest wisely.
Quiet night in or big night out?
Oooh, hard to choose…probably a night in with the fam and a home made curry arguing over which movie to watch
City break or weekend in the country?
I live in beautiful rural Perthshire so I’d head for a city
Early bird or night owl?
Save it or spend it?
Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
I do like the gym and a bit of triathlon but in between times am often found horizontal on the sofa
Home or abroad?
Home for relaxation, abroad for adventure
Early or late?
Cats or dogs?
Fortunate to have lots – probably up a hill or on a bike somewhere with my lovely husband
And most embarrassing?
Ah, now that is a tale to be told after many glasses of red wine….
None, life makes you who you are
What are you proudest of?
Who do you admire most?
People who ‘just get on with it’ no matter what hand life deals them and remain positive and optimistic.
And who do you detest?
No-one in particular but I do hate people who use advantages they have had in life to other peoples disadvantage.
Who would you like to thank?
My parents, my husband, the MDG team
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To believe in yourself (and some excellent 80’s fashion advice….
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Hold my older brothers hand for 10 days while he essentially starved to death on an end of life ‘Pathway’ after a catastrophic brain injury- because that’s how we deliver end of life care in this country. The law needs to change.
Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Nothing. Everything in moderation.
Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
I would do my very best
What keeps you awake at night?
And your biggest critic?
Myself…I’m a terrible over thinker
Mobile phone ringtone?
What ever the factory setting was, no idea. Not my thing.