For this week’s ‘Time Out’ we spoke to Nicola Slater, co-founder and director of Nottingham-based Cube Construction Consultants.
We talked about how she likes to relax after a week of working with contractors, fit out specialists, architecture practices and developers to support with strategic business growth and help solve operational or delivery challenges to bring construction projects in on time and within budget.
What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?
The weekend starts on a Friday night with a large gin and tonic and lovely food, ideally shared with friends. If we are at our office in the Lace Market, we like to join the ‘After Works Social’ and chat to the other businesses within our coworking community.
What is your hobby?
Food in all its glorious forms! Cooking it, baking it, sharing it, reading about it and above all eating it. Much of what we do is about relationship building and making connections with people. There is no better way to spend an evening than enjoying a good meal with great company and getting to know people better.
That, and gardening. Not heavy duty, just pottering. Fortunately, my son is a gardener, so we have a professional in the family for the serious stuff.
What is your favourite movie?
I don’t have a go to. I enjoy anything amusing and lighthearted or a good thriller. Definitely not horror and I struggle with sci-fi.
If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?
I’d love to be a luxury hotel inspector and food critic. That way I could combine my passion for travelling and eating! Going round the world and getting paid to eat some of the finest food on the planet. Doesn’t sound too bad does it?!
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I’d like to be able to move around and travel invisibly. Imagine the places you could go to and the conversations you would hear if no-one could see you!
What is your favourite genre of music?
Some might say anything 80’s and they wouldn’t be too far out. I have been known to accidentally blast out a bit of Blondie at Works Social when I thought I had my headphones in!
If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?
Although it might sound like a cliché, I’d love to travel to the time when we can all meet up and have fun spontaneously again. Family is important to me and so I’d love to be able to have a big family gathering.
Also, making connections, networking and building relationships is a big part of our business. That is an ongoing thing and doesn’t really feel like work as I love talking to people and finding out what they need. Catching up for a coffee with clients, having an in person meeting with the team at EDGE or having an impromptu lunch with friends would be brilliant.