As one of our featured articles this month, we sit down with Richardson Hall Construction, Director, Mike Tuck to find out why he loves living and working in Nottingham.
1. What first attracted you to Nottingham?
I was born in Nottingham and grew up in Nottinghamshire. I worked in and around the city for a few years. I didn’t go to University full-time but work took me to a few different towns and cities. I eventually settled back in Nottinghamshire when kids became part of the plan and been here ever since.
2. When did you first start to work in the City?
My very first job was with East Midlands Electricity. I was an apprentice working out of the Bilborough depot. We didn’t spend much time in the city as we covered the north of the East Midlands region. I did spend some of my time at what used to be called People’s College on Maid Marian Way.
3. How has it changed during your time here?
The biggest change has been the influx of Students. The retail and leisure offer of the city has also changed immeasurably. In the main it’s all been positive. Some of the older names and operators have been lost but I think most of them were of a time and have been replaced by something new.
4. What is/are the biggest challenges we face as a city compared to our rivals?
I think Nottingham really needs to understand who it’s rivals are and who it’s possible partners are. These answers aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Although Nottingham is geographically quite close to Sheffield the cities seem quite far apart. In many ways the same can be said of Derby and Leicester.
5. How long is your commute into the city and what is your method of transport?
I usually use the tram park and ride and that takes around 30 minutes. I do drive on occasions but depending on the time of day the tram can be much quicker. Under normal circumstances I visit the city once a week either for meetings or to use the train station.
6. Where are your favourite places to eat and drink for business and leisure time?
For business I tend to visit one of the cities independent coffee shops. I seem to have developed a healthy addiction to flat whites. When I’m not working it really depends on who I’m with. The city has quite a diverse selection of restaurants and bars. My kids are big fans of Yo Sushi and Wagamama. My youngest is a militant vegetarian and trying to find somewhere that we all like can be a challenge.
7. Finally, if you had a blank canvas, what would you like to see happen in the next 12 months?
I’m sure everyone will say this but the development of the Broadmarsh shopping Centre is so important for the city. I’d like to see that progressing at pace. I’d also like to see the transport links to and from the city improved. Enhanced connections to other cities, fewer cars and lorries travelling through can only be positive.