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36
Interview
POWERLIST 2010
Building
a family
business
by design
Daniel Taylor, managing director of Metro Design Consultants, has
made up his mind that his children will inherit the company he has
built up over the past 20 years. Akosua Annobil-Dodoo finds out why
aniel Taylor’s ambition has driven him from flipping director of a subsidiary division of BTR plc, which he ran for
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burgers at McDonald’s to becoming the founder and nearly 10 years. But when the business was sold in 1997, he
managing director of Metro Design Consultants, one of decided to set up his own firm, Metro.
the UK’s leading design-and-build companies. “I decided with my wife [Dawn] that I would take a very slow,
Born in London, but educated partially in the Caribbean, pragmatic view about life; get out the rat race and set up my own
Daniel says his family is the motivation behind much of his business,” he says. “I could easily have gone to work for someone
success and praises his parents for sending him to Jamaica when else, but I promised Dawn I’d take it easy. I could have given
he was eight. myself a heart attack, it was that bad.
He remembers: “When I was growing up in Battersea “I had a couple of clients who were good friends and said
[southwest London] there was a big black community and most they’d support me. I’ve always been smart with my money,
of my friends at the time were going to be one of two things: a investing in property, so it wasn’t a life-ending scenario, which it
successful businessman, or a thug. My parents felt I needed to be could be for some people who start up a business.”
shipped out because I would’ve gone down the wrong path. Daniel started Metro in a spare room at his south London
“Being in Jamaica helped me focus on my education because home and has grown the firm into a multi-million pound business
there was nothing else to do. Highlights were listening to Bob employing over 40 staff. The company specialises in designing
Marley, an election, or if somebody died locally because we’d and building futuristic office spaces and counts communications
have a nine-night [a week-long pre-funeral celebration]. group Skype, aerospace and defence giant Boeing, and legendary
“I lived with my grandparents who had a small house with motorcycle company Harley-Davidson as clients. Metro was also
carousel lights and an old radio. They cooked outside and the involved with the interior design of the executive lounge at Arsenal’s
toilets were even further. The biggest lesson I learned was to Emirates stadium.
respect money.” He says: “What we do is a bit like the TV show 60-Minute
He returned to England aged 12, studied at a local grammar Makeover. You get a designer who comes in and says, ‘This is
school and worked at one of the UK’s first McDonald’s how we’re going to do it’, then a whole load of builders come in
restaurants before joining the London-based interior design and do the work. That’s what we do, but on a grand scale. We
branch of US electrical company Westinghouse. Daniel fell in love take an office interior and give the vision for the company for the
with the industry and was eventually made European managing next 10 to 20 years of that lease.”
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