Who are you then, and what do you do?
I'm Matt Gilmartin, the Managing Director of Concept Smoke Screen Ltd. The head honcho, the big cheese - he who sits on a pedestal. Well, actually, that's not the way I see the role I fulfil for the business at all, as I'll explain.
What's your background?
I had a slightly unconventional entrance into the security industry, having joined a business that supplied products to the quarrying industry to help out for a couple of weeks. The two weeks I was meant to be with the quarrying company turned into two years, and I acted in that time as a product manager for some innovative rock breaking devices.
As it turned out, the quarrying company had a sister company which shared Directors, and that company was Concept Smoke Screen Ltd. I was fascinated by the product and kept asking to be given a chance with it. I got that chance when one of the Directors had been asked to demonstrate the product to the Police but was on holiday on the specified date. I was asked to stand in, and I never looked back. That was over 20 years ago.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
A huge amount of my time is devoted to simply talking with people. I like to try and keep up to speed with as many of our team as I possibly can. I do this simply by checking in and chatting with everyone. Ultimately business is about people and it's important to me that I've got a feel for where everyone's at.