Advice from the top: Industry figures offer their tips on how to follow in their footsteps

"Never give up. Never stop believing. Find yourself a good business partner." - Steve Aldridge, creative partner, Partners Andrews Aldridge

"Working with talented people is good. Working with decent human beings is good. Working with those who are both is an absolute joy." - Sue Farr, chairman, advertising and marketing services division, Chime Communications

"Never stop learning. Don't be arrogant. Be yourself and learn to judge quickly the sensitivities of others. Good communication skills and a sense of humour are essential." - Mark Howe, managing director, IDS

"Learn to play golf." - Stephen Miron, managing director, The Mail on Sunday.