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

"Find the right partner. You're going to be working harder than everyone else, so it'll be good to know there's someone worth going home to." - Stephen Harrison, creative partner, Harrison Troughton Wunderman

"Work hard but enjoy the results of your toils, accept that you are going to have to listen lots before you do the talking, always ask if you do not know, understand you will make mistakes but never make them twice." - Alexander Thompson, chief executive, Portland Outdoor Advertising

"Having a detailed plan is crucial - being prepared to deviate from it when opportunities arise is what makes the difference." - Andrew Walmsley, founder, i-level

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