Biz Extra

Published: January 28, 2022 | Updated: January 28, 2022

Best thing about Dorset? We are so fortunate. Beautiful beaches, walks and so much more…

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a prominent person in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

He loves seeing his clients’ advertising campaigns in the public domain, chooses petrol as his favourite smell, likes Italian but is also partial to Oriental and Jamaican and – talking of food – would happily have sponge pudding “every day of the week and twice on Sundays!”

Ross Taylor, Managing Director, Top Cat Media Group, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: I’ve many favourites so tricky to name just one. I’m really into dramas that are based on true stories right now. I find myself glued to these. You can’t beat a decent Attenborough either.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Can I include people sadly no longer with us? If so, then Andrew Carnegie and Muhammad Ali. Also someone still very much with us and that’s Billy Connolly for various and quite obvious reasons. What a journey that would be. You did say car right? I may have to get a 7-seater to include a few more!

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: I love seeing our clients’ advertising campaigns in the public domain, whether that’s on TV, radio, online, billboards or in local newspapers. I’ve been working in media for 20+ years and still get great satisfaction in seeing them and thinking “we helped to make that happen”.

Q: And the worst?

A: I’m certainly not a numbers man. Fortunately, I can now rest in the knowledge that I have the best in the business doing this for me!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: My Dad who was born in the tough streets of the Gorbals of Glasgow. He started with literally nothing and worked tremendously hard to give me a decent upbringing. Definitely my inspiration.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Petrol. Odd I know. Everything’s OK in moderation, right?

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: We have so many; anywhere that includes a decent walking trail. Highcliffe Castle and Hengistbury Head are probably my favourites.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Take your time to think about what you really want to do. If you start with something and don’t like it, make the move into something you do like. I couldn’t think of anything worse than enduring every day doing something I hated. It must also be something you have a passion for. When you make that decision, go out, get that knowledge and experience and simply make sure you are the best at it.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: The earliest I can remember was when I was personally given a signed copy of the ‘Frog Chorus’ by the legend that is Paul McCartney himself. I was very fortunate to meet him on a few occasions. During my early years I was babysat by one of his daughters (no further name dropping needed!).

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Angry is a strong word. Life is too short for all that. However, one thing that really grates on me is people regurgitating other people’s inspirational quotes online. It’s fine sharing inspirational stuff whilst crediting the original creator, however, passing it off as your own really doesn’t sit right with me. Thank God for unfollow buttons!

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Music is ingrained in me and I love all types so again it’s tricky to choose just one. It depends on what I’m doing at the time, but I’d say if I’m relaxing, blending a multitude of genres including jazz, R&B, funk, soul and hip hop tends to work. Erykah Badu is a good example of the style I like. When training, I like house music to get me going. Whilst focusing on business, I really enjoy Ludovico Einaudi. How’s that for an eclectic mix?!

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: People who breed positivity. I’ve employed people many times due to their passion for the role and what they have personally learnt about it, not always their qualifications. It’s important that we can all be nimble in the current business climate so adaptability is also key.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Generally anything Italian. I am partial to Oriental and Jamaican cuisine too.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Sponge pudding every day of the week and twice on Sundays!

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: We are so fortunate to be where we are. The beautiful beaches, walks and so much more. Having spent time working in London and other areas across the UK, I can safely say there is nowhere else I’d rather be than Dorset.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Clearly this couldn’t be sorted in a day, but I’d look at the current educational system. Whilst it’s fulfilled a purpose, I don’t feel it has the structure to encourage entrepreneurship enough.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Buggy tech. That’s it. Can’t talk about it anymore!

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Anywhere generally that I can sit in the sun, enjoy a cold ‘beverage’ and watch my kids have fun.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: I see lots of people talking about retiring as early as they can. I’m not sure I ever will. I love what I do and I’d say I’ll still be doing this at least until around then (perhaps a slightly scaled down version). Either way, I have plenty of years left in the tank to both continue to grow TC and further improve my own skill set.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being a good, hardworking person. It’s always been very important to me to set that example so my family follow suit.