Biz Extra

Published: July 23, 2020 | Updated: August 28, 2020

Kingston Lacy, Elon Musk, roast dinner with all the trimmings and Betty Boo ‘Doin’ the 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…

His childhood hero was rugby player Will Carling, he’d like to share a car with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, his favourite food is a roast dinner with all the trimmings and (please don’t judge!) Betty Boo and ‘Doin’ the do’ was his first record.

Matt Peacock, Managing Director of independent service centre Star Tech in Poole, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: As a family we enjoy crime dramas. Our favourite at the moment is The Blacklist with James Spader.

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

A: Elon Musk to see what makes him tick and if the stories you hear about him are true.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: I enjoy most areas of what I do. Our industry is changing so much lately, the best bit has to be developing the business and seeing it grow.

Q: And the worst…?

A: All of the red tape and hurdles you have to deal with. It means I don’t get to be ‘hands on’ with the cars anymore.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: I was mad about rugby when I was younger and had a signed poster of the England rugby team but top of the tree was Will Carling.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: I love how a smell can evoke so many memories. I enjoy the smell of rain after it’s been dry for a long period of time. However, a close second has to be a Chicken Death Burger from the food van on a Friday.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: I like getting out in the countryside for walks or cycling. A favourite place we have visited since our children were little is Kingston Lacy.

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

A: As everyone knows, there is no magic bullet to progressing your career. I tell all my apprentices to be patient as greatness takes time.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: (Don’t judge!) Betty Boo, ‘Doin’ the do’.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: I find that I don’t really get angry but the thing that pushes me that way is inconsiderate people. I just don’t see why people have to be like that.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau or in English the Welsh national anthem. It makes the hairs on my arm stand up, even more so when you are in a stadium of 80,000 singing their hearts out.

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

A: Someone who wants to work for us, not just for the money. Self-driven with the ability to go above and beyond to deliver exceptional customer service.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: A full roast dinner with all of the trimmings, filling the plate to a point you can’t move after you’ve eaten it all.

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

A: It has to be steamed pudding and custard! I remember my Mum made this when we were young and I would devour at least half of the whole thing.

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

A: You have everything you can want, from the sea to the country and the town plus you are not far from the big cities.

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

A: Review the education system and teach the children real life skills like finance, mortgages, loans and credit cards as well as the politics system so they have a better understanding of why they are voting for the people they do.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: I get frustrated with people who say they are going to deliver a certain product or service and it doesn’t happen. I then have to chase them up.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Our first ever family holiday abroad was to Tenerife and we enjoyed it so much we have headed back there ever since.

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

A: I see myself still working, with interests in other companies but having a couple of days off a week to spend with my wife, Tina. Our life has been full on since we got together many years ago, with not much personal time.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: I suppose the thing I would like to be remembered for the most is making a change to the independent sector of the motor industry, raising the standards and making it a place that people want to work in rather than steer away from.