Discovering why Colchester is a great place to do business

PUBLISHED: 09:47 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 February 2013

Pippa Ather (right)

Pippa Ather (right)

Q&APippa AtherSales and marketing executive for Weston Business Centres<br/><br/>Tell us about your businessI work for a company called Weston Business Centres. We have two business centres. The one at Stansted is five years...

Pippa Ather
Sales and marketing executive for Weston Business Centres

Tell us about your business
I work for a company called Weston Business Centres. We have two business centres. The one at Stansted is five years old and has a business centre, a large conference centre and is the home to the head office of Weston Group Plc. The Colchester Centre opened in January last year and has 83 serviced offices with conference facilities.

How long have you been based in Colchester?
I have lived in Colchester for about 14 years. Originally I was born in Chelmsford, I moved to Africa and then Dubai for most of my childhood. I also lived in Bournemouth for a few years.

Why did you choose Colchester?
I have always loved living in Colchester; it's the character and feel of the town. I defy anyone to walk down Colchester High Street on a dark winter afternoon and not be affected by the atmosphere.

What do you love about your job?
Previous to this job I trained and worked in the hospitality and events industry. I met a lot of great people and organised some amazing events. This role is very similar as I meet some inspiring people who are setting up their businesses to develop and grow.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I want to still be with Weston Business Centres and hopefully launching our third business centre, or fourth. Who knows, I might be able to convince our chairman to open one in Dubai.

Tell us about your family?
I have a son called Ben, who is eight years old going on 18. Why do they grow up so fast? We got a Lakeland puppy a few months ago to keep me company on the sideline while I watch Ben play his football and rugby.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
There have been a few moments over the years, but in this role it must be the launch of The Colchester Centre in January with the first clients moving in. The team were all recruited for this centre without any direct experience, but for the last year everyone has added their commitment and experiences to provide a first class environment for our clients. The other moment was The Emerald Ball at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, which was a charity event for the NSPCC that a group of local businesses organised in November 2008. It was our first event and it was a great success for a great cause.

What are your hobbies?
Watching eight year olds play football and rugby. Away from that, I try and get out as much as I can when I'm not working, like camping and music events in the summer. I love to travel, even if it's just over to France and I keep threatening to learn to play golf.

How do you relax?
I usually relax with family and friends, the occasional glass of wine, good conversation, good food and good music.

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