15 minutes with…the business development manager at Sugro


Tabitha Hunter-Smale is the business development manager at Sugro

How would your colleagues describe you? I think they would agree I’m positive, sociable, and energetic. They probably secretly find me a nightmare, too, as I am usually badgering them for something.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport that would give you a chance of winning a medal, what would it be? I’d stand a pretty good chance in a talking contest. I also eat a lot, so I’d give a snackathon a go!

If time and money were not an issue, what hobby would you most like to get into? I always dreamed of being a dancer. It’s a real shame I have two left feet. But I think given the time and energy (and endless classes) I could master a pirouette or two.

What would your perfect day involve? Breakfast in Rome, late lunch and wine tasting at a Tuscan Vineyard and dinner in Florence. If I could throw in a bit of terrible skiing somewhere that would really top it off.

What is your song of choice at karaoke? I don’t do karaoke. If you heard me sing you’d understand why.

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Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests? Deborah Meaden, my favourite Dragon. She has a wicked sense of humour, and she’s passionate about the environment. Alex Polizzi of the Forte dynasty (known on TV as The Hotel Inspector). She has incredible lineage and I’m sure some fabulous stories to tell. She’s also very good at delivering bad news or an unpopular opinion – it’s a real skill. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the underdog who’s delivered fantastic results by leading from the heart, and Ryan Adams, possibly my all-time favourite singer-songwriter. I wonder how they’d all get on…

What would you cook them? Truffle Tagliatelle is my ‘go-to’ dish. It’s quick and simple to make, but really delicious. Accompanied by a glass or two of Gavi di Gavi, of course.
What fad or trend would you like to see make a comeback? I have a small collection of vintage costume jewellery from the 50s and 60s. I would love it to become fashionable again.

If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower? If you’d asked me any other time it would be to pause time, so I could catch up on my emails! But right now, we have a shared need: I would get rid of Covid.

What was your first ever job? I made sandwiches on a Saturday while I was still at school. I was completely hopeless and they ‘let me go’. It was probably for the best.

What do you wish you knew more about? Everything – I love to learn. But I would read more politics and philosophy if I had the time. I’d also like to understand the rules of football better – they seem to change daily.

When was the last time you changed your belief or opinion about something major? I’m fairly considered, so I rarely rush into forming an opinion. But I remember questioning whether wholesale was right for me. I’m happy to admit that on that occasion I was wrong!


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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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