Piers Linney

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Co-chief executive, Outsourcery

What achievement are you most proud of?

Being recognised as one of top-100 most influential black Britons.

What has been the biggest change in the channel since you started working in it?

The disruptive arrival of cloud services.

What three things could you not live without?

My downhill bike, my road bike and my cyclo-cross bike.

What has been your most embarrassing moment so far?

Almost breaking my ankle jumping in the air at MEN Business Awards after winning.

What do your family think you do all day?

Lunch.

Who is your ultimate celeb crush?

Salma Hayek.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Ibiza.

What would be your first act if you were made Prime Minister?

Improve tax treatment for entrepreneur capital gains and for investing in growing companies. Has 2015 been a good, bad or ugly year? Good. New markets, services and opportunities are clearer. If you didn't work in the IT channel, what would you do? Structure debt and equity investments.

What major issues will the channel face in 2016?

Continued transition to delivery of cloud-based services.

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