10 In 10. Scott Brant At Brighouse Vizulate Digital
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 Scott Brant, Operations Director at Brighouse Vizulate Digital.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
It’s generally a balance of managing our larger digital projects and smaller ongoing digital marketing work. In a morning I will look at what deadlines we have coming up and also the project schedule and prioritise accordingly. We usually have several large projects in progress at any one time while also needing to execute tasks that are part of our clients’ ongoing marketing strategies.
What makes your company special?
At Vizulate, we don’t do random acts of marketing. Everything we do on behalf of our clients is part of a considered marketing strategy that can be measured and demonstrate a real return on investment.
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
Know that you’ll never finish that to do list, and that’s exactly how it should be.
Do you dress up or down for work?
Both. In the office we tend to dress down – but if we have an important client meeting we’ll dress up. I used to work for a recruitment company where it was frowned upon to take your suit jacket off at your desk. It was corporate nonsense that had no effect on how productive you were. I’m sure it’s not like that there now but I’d rather people be comfortable at work.
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Have a ‘Plan B’. Always. For everything.
Do what’s necessary – even when you don’t feel like it.
Always be learning. There’s information all around you. Take it all in as you never know when it might come in handy.
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
York Racecourse is always a good day out (if the weather’s good!). It’s been a while since I’ve been though.
How do you prefer to travel for business?
I really don’t mind driving and never have. In fact I quite enjoy it. If travelling on my own I’ll use the time in the car to either listen to an audiobook, my iPhone playlist, or indulge myself with a bit of TalkSport.
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
On a Saturday and Sunday, we like to get out and about and visit some of the great attractions across Yorkshire. We recently visited the redeveloped Piece Hall in Halifax which I think the developers have done an amazing job of. It was particularly nice over the Christmas period with the events and activities they put on.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
We very rarely eat out but if we are lucky enough to get a babysitter then we might go to The Gray Ox which isn’t far from us in Hartshead. I’ve never had a bad meal there and usually go for the ‘10oz Waterford Farm ribeye steak’.
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
I’m a bit of a country boy at heart. I grew up on the outskirts of Huddersfield in a village with about 10 houses so for me just the familiar surroundings of your home county is what I miss when I’m away.
When I was younger, if we’d been on a car journey there were certain landmarks that I’d associate with being ‘nearly home’ and that seems to have stayed with me. If I’ve been down south I just feel more relaxed once I hit Sheffield on the M1.
Similarly we have just been on holiday abroad and we flew back into Manchester Airport. However, it wasn’t until I passed Stott Hall Farm in the middle of the M62 that I truly felt ‘back home’.