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PUBLISHED: 17:51 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:29 20 February 2013

Julie Budden

Julie Budden

Julie Budden tells Emily Pascall about dining with Sir Alan Sugar and her dog named Taz...

How old are you?
Now, that would be telling.

Tell us about your family.
I have a husband, Richard, and we have been married for 16 years, although we have been together for 25. I have a ten-year-old son, Rian, who is football mad and a pedigree Newfoundland dog called Taz. His family are Crufts winners.

Where do you live?
I live in Takeley, close to Stansted Airport and we are very fortunate to have Hatfield Forest at the back of our garden. Nice and easy for a stroll with the dog, although not so good for the wild rabbits who insist on dining in my garden.

How long have you lived there?
We have lived there eight years.

What do you like about where you live?
I love the large garden and the forest. Prior to Taz joining us we had all types of wildlife visiting us, including deer, which is an absolute delight.

What do you do for a living?
I am a company director of JAB Business Services Limited and also head up the Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce.

What do you love about your job?
I love meeting people and of course making introductions where successful business deals are made. I get pleasure in seeing everyone succeed.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Well, apparently I have a personality. I have an award to prove it having won the Business Personality of the Year Award two years ago. I am also proud of my business that has grown over the last 15 years.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Retired in the Caribbean!

What are your hobbies?
I am sad to say that I don't really have any unless you count holidays.

How do you relax?
A glass of wine and a good film.

What is your worst habit?
Smoking - say no more.

Which five guests would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Sir Alan Sugar and Richard Branson. George Michael, because I just love him, and Donata Rio from Essex Chamber of Commerce, because I think she is good fun yet still very professional. Finally, my husband as he is always very supportive.

Describe Essex in one sentence.
Whether you appreciate country estates and gardens, fine countryside or wonderful coastlines, Essex has it all.

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