Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


For many years Britain's most eligible bachelor, Charles Dunstone, founder of the Carphone Warehouse, takes a white-knuckle ride in MT's book pages this month with Trevor Merriden's Rollercoaster: The Turbulent Life and Times of Vodafone and Chris Gent. Dunstone is a big admirer of Vodafone, and the respect is mutual - both have served each other well. Dunstone set up the Carphone Warehouse in 1989 with a pounds 6,000 loan. It is now valued at pounds 600 million.


What would you sacrifice for a fabulous office - pounds 1,000 in salary or a week's holiday perhaps? Professor Jeremy Myerson unravels the results of MT's Workspace Satisfaction Survey this month. Luckily, Myerson, founder-editor of DesignWeek and co-director of the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, is not as dissatisfied with his office(s) as most of our readers. His three working environments? Home, the Royal College and, in the summer, Hyde Park.


When it comes to booking hotels for business trips, value for money is priority for easyJet chief exec Ray Webster. 'We don't need luxury,' he insists - just as well, considering easyJet's recent pounds 24 million pre-tax loss. In this month's Room Service, the antipodean frequent flyer reveals his fondness for the Hotel des Deux Continents in Paris. 'It's depressing going away on business if you're stuck in an airport hotel.' Hence his preference for this bijou retreat in St Germain.


This month, Matthew Lynn - pictured with his new daughter Leonora - profiles Sir Martin Sorrell, founder of advertising giant WPP. He last interviewed Sorrell four years ago, and reports that he is one of the few British chief executives who is smart with journalists. 'Sorrell always remembers when he last saw you and what you said about him. He's a tough interview because he has been in the game a long time, knows the questions, and has his defences readily prepared.'


While researching Dyno-Rod for this month's feature on franchising, MT section editor Rebecca Hoar felt fortunate that she didn't have to don waders to probe the nation's sewers in the name of journalism. Instead, she took an infinitely more glamorous trip to Dyno-Rod's HQ in Surbiton, Surrey, and can report back that the company's drains appear to be in fabulous working order. 'I'm hoping my next assignment will be more exotic,' she says. 'Perhaps I'll get as far as Slough.'


For the past four years, Harry Borden has taken the photos accompanying the MT interview, and snapped Martin Sorrell for this month's cover. 'I waited an hour and then suddenly he was there - a spinning-top of energy. Dynamic, cultured and sociable. Fifteen minutes, and then he was gone!' Borden, pictured here with nine-month-old Oscar, has won many honours, including two World Press Awards. His work hangs in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Galleries in London and Australia.

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