The Last Word with Dougie Cross



Name: Dougie Cross


Job title: Managing Director

What did you want to be when you were young? A helicopter pilot or a professional skateboarder… in my dreams both are still a possibility!

What was your first full time job? For a summer I was the maintenance man at a zoo in the Scottish highlands!

What is your best quality? I really don’t know – you’d have to ask the wife!

What is your worst quality? See above!

What is your favourite book? Very high up there is Wild at Heart by John Eldridge, it did actually change my life.

What is your favourite film? Shawshank Redemption, the sense of justice at the end is soul-satisfying.

What is your favourite restaurant? I had an incredible steak at the new Malmaison in Aberdeen recently, but it’s a fair old hike for an evening out!

How do you like to relax? Anywhere quiet, which is very rare in a house of three kids under the age of seven!

If you could build a house anywhere in the world where would it be? Just the opportunity to build a house would be fantastic.

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you like to possess? The ability to add extra hours to the day at will, would come in very handy!!

Who was your teenage pin up? Haha, I didn’t have a pin-up as such, but I do remember having a poster of 5-Star on my wall. I’ll claim ignorance and youth as my defence there.

Can money buy happiness? No, but it can be a good thing, if you give it away freely.

Most annoying TV personality? Jonathan Ross.

What has been the best moment in your career? No one thing stands out to be honest, loads of little highs – I enjoy it all.

What has been the worst moment in your career? A couple of occasions have been a huge learning experience!

What do you begrudge spending money on? Parking at Hayle beach!

If you only had £1 left in the entire world, what would you spend it on? It probably would have just gone on parking at Hayle beach!

What’s the best thing about Cornwall? Those few weeks of great weather in early spring when the beaches are still empty.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life? You reap what you sow, it’s a fact as much as gravity is.

What makes you happy? A happy client!

What makes you angry? Very little to be honest.

If you could invite any two people for dinner, who would they be and why would you invite them? Probably my mum and dad, don’t get to see them enough really.

What could you not live without? That would have to be coffee.

Tell me a joke. Our two-year-old tells us jokes that you can barely follow and have no punch line… the fact that he then rolls around on the floor in hysterics makes them the funniest jokes I’ll ever hear!

What’s the greatest invention ever? Joint first would be the electric kettle and the pop-up toaster.

What’s your favourite holiday destination? Pass, holidays have been few and far between for the last few years. I keep telling my wife we’re still on holiday in Cornwall…. I think it’s wearing thin after seven years!

This article first appeared in the Dec 2009 issue of Business Cornwall magazine.