The Last Word: Jennie Smith of Aspects Holidays



Name: Jennie Smith

Company: Aspects Holidays

Job title: Proprieter

What did you want to be when you were young? A boardroom Secretary.

What was your first full time job? Junior Secretary working for a Tin Box manufacturer (they made the tins for Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Company).

What is your best quality? I think my organisational skills, you would probably get a better idea from my staff?

What is your worst quality? I can be impatient on occasions, although my staff think it’s my deviating from the point!

What is your favourite film? Again no one stands out as a favourite, I like thinking films such as the spy thriller Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy with Alex Guinness.

What is your favourite restaurant? A superb thoroughly Spanish restaurant called La Jordano in Lanzarote. The food, service and owner are all pure magic, always.

How do you like to relax? Playing golf and visiting friends.

If you could build a house anywhere in the world where would it be? On the north side of Cornwall! (where I live now).

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you like to possess? I would like to be able to get people to see what they have rather than what they haven’t.

Who was your teenage pin up? Elvis Presley.

Can money buy happiness? No, but there is no doubt that it can make life easier.

Most annoying TV personality? Simon Cowell and Jonathon Ross are pretty equal.

What could you not live without? My husband and friends.

What has been the best moment in your career? There have been several, one has to be returning to College and attaining my degree in Personnel Management (3 year course) whilst maintaining a mega full time job.

What has been the worst moment in your career? Getting through the 1990 recession with a brand new business, whilst trying to sell my house and needing to go into Hospital for a major op. A very difficult time.

What’s your favourite holiday destination? Again no clear favourite but Seville, Las Vegas, Madeira, all very different but all are high on my list.

What do you begrudge spending money on? Obviously tax, in all its forms, council tax, VAT etc and flight ‘extras’.

If you only had £1 left in the entire world, what would you spend it on? I don’t think this would even buy me my favourite chocolate bar so I would probably donate it to the Lifeboat Association.

What’s the greatest invention ever? It has to be computers. After all I would not be happy to still be rattling around on a manual keyboard.

What’s the best thing about Cornwall? The views, its history and general feelgood factors. (Coming back into Cornwall never fails to make me smile).

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life? To value people’s differences.

What makes you angry? Miserable people when it appears there is no reason to be miserable.

If you could invite any two people for dinner, who would they be and why would you invite them? Barack Obama and Tim Smit. Both superb in my opinion in delivering their messages.

Describe yourself in three adjectives: Optimistic, Busy and Trustworthy.