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Tarkett Questions

Sarah Trott

Brand manager, Tarkett

Did you ever get into trouble at school and, if so, why?
Not really but I remember we had a lovely, very soft, geography teacher who had no choice but to let us run wild.
What was your first part-time job?
Waitress in my local tea rooms. Hmmm cake!
What did you spend your first pay cheque on?
Once I had earned enough I bought my first car. It was a used Renault 5. For six months it was amazing then the ring gear went and I couldn’t afford to replace it!
What was your first full-time job?
Assistant product manager at Geberit, looking after the piping systems.
What was the best piece of advice you have been given?
Don’t drive your car over a large concrete bollard in a multi-storey car park – it will get stuck!!

What was your worst business mistake?
After an awards evening I went out drinking with the MD and some senior managers of a small Somerset cheese making firm – I could not keep up!
What was your greatest business achievement?
Managing the headline sponsorship of the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London – and running it too!
What car do your drive today and what does it say about you?
Fiat 500 convertible. Small, fun and not made in Italy!
If you could have invented any product, what would it have been?
Those roll up pumps you get in a bag after you’ve been out wearing heels all night – genius!
What do you most like about the flooring industry?
The opportunity to be creative. No project is the same and you’re always meeting new and interesting people.
What do you least like about the flooring industry?
When you see people just casually walking over a finished installation – how rude!
Name one change you would make to the industry.
Ban muddy shoes inside all buildings.
Which company in the flooring industry, other than your own, do you most admire and why?
I’m fairly new to the flooring industry so still getting to know the movers and shakers in it but I’m impressed by the amount of innovation and dedication to sustainability currently taking place.
Where should we have a flooring trade show and why?
Kent – it’s where I live.
Which single possession would you rescue if your house caught fire?
The didgeridoo I learned to play in Australia and got shipped back to England 10 years ago.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, two cats, Floyd & Tia.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a fan of the gym. I’m currently addicted to spinning! I never thought I’d say that!
How do you relax?
By going to the gym and gardening.
What is your favourite tipple?
Depends on the time of year, but usually Pimm’s in the summer and ginger wine in the winter.
How many times a year do you take a holiday and what is your favourite destination?
I try to go on a long holiday abroad once a year with little staycations in between. My favourite destination for a holiday so far has been the Caribbean.
What is your idea of heaven?
Walking along a deserted beach with the sun on my back and a glass of Pimm’s in my hand.

Your idea of hell?
Running out of Pimm’s!
Which one record and book would you take to a desert island?
If would have to be a book about how to get off a deserted island and The Moon and Me by Tom Baxter.
Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
A lift engineer.
If you could be anyone (living or dead, fictional or real) who would it be?
Bruce Forsyth – I reckon he’s going to live forever!
Choose five words to describe yourself.
Fun loving, friendly, creative, organised and bossy!
Any regrets?
No regrets, but a ‘what if’ I’d stayed working in Australia during my year out?
Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
I’ve always wanted to visit Japan.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Getting my car stuck on a concrete bollard in a multi-storey car park. I had to call my husband and his friend to come and drive it off, the car came off much worse than the bollard!
If you had to choose another career what would it be?

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