Biz Extra

Published: December 3, 2020 | Updated: December 4, 2020

How I’d like to be remembered? Being kind to others, it’s the greatest thing you can do…

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

Her favourite smell is gingerbread cookies fresh out of the oven, she gets angry at people who don’t stand up on public transport for senior citizens, chooses Doctor Who as her favourite TV show and would like to be remembered for being kind to others.

Jessica Wicks (Ross), Freelance Marketer & Copywriter, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat. 

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Doctor Who.

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

A: James Corden.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Having an amazing work-life balance has always been important to me and I now have the flexibility I’ve always craved. I love getting to work with so many different people from different industries too.

Q: And the worst…?

A: When clients don’t pay on time. I’m sure they wouldn’t stand for it in their own business, so why is it so hard for them to do it?

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Hermione Granger, because she didn’t stand for any nonsense from anyone!

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Gingerbread cookies when they’ve just come out of the oven.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Hengistbury Head. It’s where my fiance and I had our engagement photos taken too.

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

A: Take some risks, follow your passions and success will follow.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Oh God, probably something by the Spice Girls.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: When people don’t stand up on public transport for elderly people.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.

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

A: I’m not yet at the point where I’m taking on staff. But if I were to do it in the future it would just be someone I can trust. I don’t need to know where they are or what they’re doing every day, as long as I know they’re getting the work done.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Steak and fries with truffle mayonnaise and a large glass of Malbec.

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

A: Sponge pudding but dear God, no custard!

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

A: The fact that after a hard day’s work I can head down to the beach and just sit in the quiet and watch the sunset.

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

A: I’d offer a basic universal income to everyone, like they do in Finland. In such a developed country we shouldn’t still have as much poverty as we currently do.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: At the moment, it’s people wearing face masks around their neck or have it on but with their nose hanging out. Either wear one or don’t!

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Boa Vista, Cape Verde.

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

A: Hopefully married (if Covid doesn’t get in the way of our wedding) and with a few children. Business-wise I’d like to think I’ll have expanded my business and built an empire of sub-brands.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being kind to others, it’s the greatest thing you can do in the world.