10 In 10: Doug Main, Creative Director At Mirfield-based The Bigger Boat
Katie Mallinson, Features Writer
In this new and exclusive feature for The Yorkshire Times, we put a regional business professional in the hot seat and give them 10 minutes to answer our 10 burning questions.
Here, we hear from Doug Main, creative director at Mirfield-based The Bigger Boat.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
Coffee, meetings about ongoing projects, UI, UX and CX design, a couple of games of table tennis, some creative direction and a good giggle or two – plus some more coffee!
What makes your company special?
Our culture, crew and company values are what make us different from the rest.
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
It’s fine to make mistakes – but always make sure that you learn from them!
Do you dress up or down for work?
Tough one, as I dress pretty much the same for every occasion – always including a hat! If we have a meeting, then I’ll switch from a t-shirt into a shirt and blazer – so I guess it really depends on what’s in my diary on any given day.
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Be brave and just go for it – although in all honesty I’ve never been backwards in coming forwards!
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
We do try and get out and about with The Bigger Boat crew on a regular basis, as it’s great for team morale. So far, I think our favourite Yorkshire venue is The Great Escape Game in Leeds… although we can usually be found in The Flower Pot in Mirfield on a Friday after work!
How do you prefer to travel for business?
I love getting to and from work on my bike as I can usually avoid the traffic on the 12-mile route – plus I get a free workout!
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
You can’t beat a wander around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – it’s only five minutes from where I live, so it’s the perfect place to blow the cobwebs away.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
I love Mustard and Punch in Honley, and also their sister tapas restaurant, Punch. I highly recommend any of the game dishes there – but they’ve also just launched a vegetarian/vegan menu, which keeps the wife happy!
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
My family, the people – with their honesty and sense of humour – the amazing scenery… it’s probably best to never leave really.
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10 In 10: Doug Main, Creative Director At Mirfield-based The Bigger Boat, 6th March 2018, 16:46 PM