Jim McCain

Director, GRAFT

IFSDG:  How long have you worked in GRAFT?

Jim:  GRAFT only opened its doors in June, but I've worked in the UK property market man and boy!  Notwithstanding this, GRAFT, which is a new concept of serviced co-working space, is a breath of fresh air and I've really enjoyed being at the heart of it all.

IFSDG:  How many people work at GRAFT?

Jim:  We have a core team of four at the moment, but there's a larger team working behind the scenes  - from IT to branding to PR and Marketing. 

IFSDG:  What is the vision for GRAFT in Glasgow?

Jim:  To be recognised as the 'best in class' within our sector and to expand the GRAFT brand to other areas of the City and beyond. 

IFSDG:  What's a typical day for you?

Jim:  I've always been an early starter so I'm usually up at 5am - a quick coffee and straight into my emails, followed by a catch up on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have a big push on marketing at the moment so the main part of my working day is spent promoting the brand and carrying out viewings of the space. I'm back on email by mid afternoon, before heading home for dinner and some time with the family (and more social media training from my son!).

IFSDG:  Why did GRAFT choose to locate in the IFSD in Glasgow?

Jim:  Although GRAFT is a new venture for us, myself and the team have spent most of our working lives in Glasgow and it's where we feel most at home.  There's nothing like GRAFT in Glasgow and the response to our product so far has been brilliant. We see so much potential in the city for flexible, high-quality co-working space as occupier demand is changing rapidly. Sectors such as the digital design  sector and also the emergence of lots of small Fintech software developers, who have the potential to grow rapidly, mean that shared space is in high demand.

IFSDG:  Three good things about working in Glasgow.

Jim:  The people: we're friendly, open, up for a challenge and have some good banter The commute is always manageable, unlike many other large cities

We may be self-deprecating but our city is home to some of the most exciting businesses in the world

IFSDG:  What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Jim:  Making it into the 2008 Who's Who in Property, just before the crash!

IFSDG:  What is the best investment you ever made?

Jim:  Buying my son, Scott, a car before he had passed his test…it's saved me a small fortune on taxis! In business terms, investing in GRAFT, as I'm realising an ambition of getting a brand off the ground from start to finish.

IFSDG:  Which businessperson or company do you most admire and why?

Jim:  I like US counterpart Convene …they've just raised $152m to fuel their expansion.

IFSDG:  What did you want to be when you were a child?

Jim:  A footballer. I had the chance to sign for Queens Park amateurs and play at Hampden, but I didn't like their strip!

IFSDG:  What do you do to relax away from the office?

Jim:  We've got two sprockers (brother and sister). My wife, Linda, does all the hard work but they're great company and there's no better way to relax than to take them to the beach for a run, although one is grounded at the moment having just had his second cruciate operation in two years.

IFSDG:  I-Phone or Android?                

Jim:  I Phone

IFSDG:  Favourite band?            

Jim:  The Killers

IFSDG:  Favourite sport?            

Jim:  Football

IFSDG:  Favourite movie?           

Jim:  Ben Hur

IFSDG:  Sunshine or snow?                  

Jim:  Sunshine

IFSDG:  and finally, what three words sum you up?

Jim:  Positive, confident and excited.

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