10 QUESTIONS WITH... STEPHEN MOSS
Each issue we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s Tile & Stone 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Stephen Moss, Managing Director of Maxtop Quartz Ltd.
WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU
MOST ADMIRE? Whilst I can’t name any names, I can say I admire anyone who remains honest and true to the fine business principles of respect and humility.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? My first paid job was cleaning
the shoes of my considerably older brother-in-law, but my first ‘proper’ job was a postman in south Manchester, covering the festive period.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE STONE AND SURFACE
INDUSTRY? When I graduated from university, I quickly entered the family business, Plasman Laminate Products, an established worktop distributor previously known as Plastics Manchester and now entering its 70th year. I assumed the position of Managing Director at Maxtop Quartz Ltd when the company launched in the UK back in 2014.
IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT CAR
WOULD YOU BUY? A ride-on lawn mower – to drive around the large garden which I would also buy and would be tended to by two gardeners, who I would recruit in the process.
IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE PRODUCT TO MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER, WHAT
WOULD IT BE? A device which would enable me to be in two (or more) places at once! As a national and growing business, my time is dictated by staff, customers and the supply chain, so there has been many a time where I’ve needed to split myself in two- which obviously isn’t feasible!
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE
GROWING UP? I always wanted to be an actor, so to dabble in amateur dramatics in my spare time is almost a dream come true!
WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?
I enjoy walking my field spaniel, Mango, and also learning lines for my next stage performance. Both activities are a welcome distraction from work and help to keep the brain and body healthy.
IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH
ANY THREE GUESTS, DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD
THEY BE AND WHY? My late mum and dad who missed out on so much of my life. It would be a great opportunity to catch up. I’d also like the late actor David Kossoff, a favourite of my parents, to be there too.
IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE
WORLD, WHERE WOULD
YOU GO AND WHY? It’d have to be Northern Alaska to see wild moose in their natural habitat – it’s on my wife Arlene’s bucket list.
PETER GILL, FROM DICKIES TILES, ASKED:
SEEING WHAT’S BEEN INVENTED AT ANY TIME IN THE PAST, WHAT ONE THING DO YOU WISH WAS YOUR IDEA AND WHAT WOULD YOU
DO WITH THE MONEY? It would have to be extending dog leads which allow untrained dogs the chance to get some distance without running away.
The proceeds would be put towards helping Guide Dogs for the Blind and also supporting daytime companion dogs for people who are lonely.
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