Football and Cheesecake! - Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue

Football and Cheescake!

Tommy McQueen

With his Dad, Tommy McQueen, working as a professional footballer it’s not surprising that Account Manager Matthew moved about during his early childhood. That included coming into the world in Chelmsford while his Dad enjoyed a spell with West Ham, before moving back to Scotland just a few months later.

Tommy enjoyed a successful career, even winning the title of Medallion Man by the early 90‘s, as a result of winning each of the three Scottish leagues with three different teams … Clyde, Aberdeen – under Sir Alex Ferguson – and then Falkirk.

In spite of his Dad’s career Matthew didn’t only play football, competing well in sword fencing as well as achieving his Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards. The awards were not without their drama though, as one of his team was taken off to hospital with suspected hypothermia, and his entire team was picked up in the Pentland Hills by the Forestry Commission because they had strayed into forest that was being demolished!

Matthew outside Jenners

He then worked in the iconic Jenners Depository Building as Assistant Manager for Edinburgh Self Storage. Already managing the site maintenance, finance and sales, he was soon promoted to Branch Manager, setting new records for both sales and revenue in a single month.

At 18, Matthew moved from Bridge of Allan to Edinburgh to study for his degree in Communications, Advertising and Public Relations. It’s not clear how much actual studying he did as he spent a good deal of time working with his best friend, promoting and running events in Edinburgh’s clubs! He also managed to fit in drinks promotions for alcohol brands including Jagermeister and Gran Marnier … and yet still managed to get his degree!

Matthew & Mum

With three years’ experience there, and keen to move on to the next challenge, Matthew was attracted to the role of Account Manager here. He says that he really liked the philosophy of consistently giving clients the best service possible, and that from the second he walked through the door, he felt it was the right place to be.

On a Saturday, though, you’ll probably find him serving at Artisan Cheesecakes in Bathgate! His Mum and brother opened the shop some months ago, selling an amazing variety of cheesecakes, all hand made on the premises and fresh every day. Matthew says he regularly gets dragged in to help … sounds terrible!

And believe it or not, Matthew and his brother still play football, although neither of them are good enough to take the title of Medallion Man!

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