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Our subject for today's Meet the Team is our infamous Sales Director Richard Deeping! Known throughout Leicestershire for a catalogue of different activities, Richard started selling for Len and Muriel many years ago and it wasn't long before he and MD Sally had brought the business and were running it for themselves. Look out for Richard's son Spencer and wife Jane in future Meet the Teams!

  • What skill would you like to master?
    • I'd like to be able to do joinery, or maybe plastering.
  • What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
    • Is my wife still here?!
  • Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself?
    • I think I'll be selfish and say my own.
  • If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat?
    • Fillet steak.
  • What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
    • "How are you feeling?"
  • How do you relax after a hard day of work?
    • I enjoy my food, so probably sitting down to a nice meal with my wife, Jane.
  • What's your favourite drink?
    • Coffee.
  • What's your claim to fame?
    • Winning Come Dine With Me!
  • What is something that lots of people are obsessed with but you just don't get the point of?
    • Computers, definitely!
  • Who's your go to band or artist when you can't decide what to listen to?
    • George Michael.
  • What do you consider to be your best find?
    • Jane, my wife.
  • How often do you people watch?
    • Constantly! 
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
    • People talking over you when you're in the middle of saying something. 
  • What job do you think you'd be really good at?
    • I fancy being an Architect.

 

 

 

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