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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

We are all businesspeople now

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 03 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1322
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I was flat broke. At university I spent my summers working as many hours as I could in whatever job I could find. One summer I worked in a large Glasgow pub, pulling pints, remembering rounds, totting up orders in my head, clearing up vomit, cashing up, unblocking urinals, carrying cash to the night safe, and breaking up the occasional fight. At the end of the summer, the brewery’s regional manager asked me if I wanted to become a trainee pub manager. I phoned my dad who proffered some well chosen expletives as advice. This …

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