Monday, September 28, 2020

Time Out: Elliot Cook, Simple Marketing Consultancy

This week Simple Marketing Consultancy celebrated its 10th anniversary, so we caught up with Account Director, Elliot Cook, who joined the company four years ago, to find out how he’s going to relax and have some ‘time out’ this weekend after a hectic week of photo shoots and client work!

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

The SMC motto has always been to work hard and play hard, so as a Mother & Son enterprise ideally we like to finish by 3pm on a Friday and if possible hit the fairways to mark the end of work and the start of family time. Failing that you’ll find me at my local real ale pub, The Yard of Ale in Radcliffe on Trent.

What is your hobby?

I have lots of hobbies, but I am currently focusing on golf and working towards a scratch handicap. I also enjoy tennis, cricket and any outdoor pursuits involving dogs. We have two miniature Chihuahua dogs and my in-laws operate a boarding home for Hungarian Vizsla’s so we often have their Vizsla called Darcy as a house guest, and thoroughly enjoy the long walks with her!

What is your favourite movie?

I was a history nerd at school and my favourite film is Gladiator. I have watched this film so much I can pretty much recite all the script off by heart!

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

As a youngster I played for Notts County and Nottingham Forest in their academy, and from this I did some part time coaching for Katzkeepers who ran coaching courses in the school holidays. This experience enabled me to get a scholarship to play football in America and when I graduated I had the option to stay on with the Uni as their goalkeeping coach or join a US Pharmaceutical company. Instead, I was drawn back to the UK and this is a decision I have not since regretted as I have learned so much!

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I think I this would be the ability to fly so that I could soar over any traffic jams – though this is less of a problem as we’re now doing far more client meetings by video conference!

What is your favourite genre of music?

Oh boy! This is hard one as my music choice is so eclectic! Given that I can be found at a 90’s Fest, Electric Daisy Carnival or a classical concert, I guess the easiest way to answer is to say it depends on my mood. If I want to chill my favourite artists are Einaudi, who I’ve seen three times and Hans Zimmer as he did the Gladiator sound track. If I want to be a bit more upbeat, I’ll choose Avicii, Tiesto or Green Day.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

Hmmm, this is where I get sentimental, because I’d go back to my grannies kitchen aged 7 or 8, to when she used to teach me how to cook. ‘Granny C’, as she was affectionately known, did a mean Sunday roast and I’m proud to say I’ve inherited her trait for good cooking – ‘Cook by name Cook by nature’ as they say!

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