Biz Extra

Published: March 24, 2022 | Updated: March 25, 2022

Favourite place in Dorset? Brownsea Island – I love red squirrels, good views, paddleboarding

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 says the worst part of his job is dealing with online solicitors, gets angry at tomato sauce sachets, looks for integrity in a new employee and would like to be remembered for laughter.

Tony Brown, Managing Director, Y-not Finance, and Vice President, Dorset Chamber, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Gogglebox (was Mock the Week but that’s dipped a bit lately).

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

A: Sir David Attenborough (obviously in an electric car).

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Seeing the faces of clients when they move into their new home.

Q: And the worst?

A: Dealing with online solicitors…

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Food cooking on a Braai (BBQ).

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Brownsea Island (I love red squirrels, good views and paddleboarding).

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

A: Be honest and enjoy it.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: ‘Funky Town’ by Lipps Inc.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Tomato sauce sachets.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: ‘English Rose’ by The Jam.

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

A: Integrity.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Surf and turf.

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

A: Now that’s a daft question!

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

A: It has to be the lifestyle it allows; the balance between being able to work hard but have some fantastic places to relax. The county has a good atmosphere.

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

A: It’s got to be the Hugh Grant ‘Love Actually’ scene with a twist…

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Really, really wide cycle paths.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Costa Rica.

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

A: Greggs.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Laughter.