Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Nick Ross, Art History Abroad

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Nick Ross, Art History Abroad

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Managing director of the gap-year tour company.

MY BEST ...

That's really at the core of the business. A lot of adults come to us wanting to do some serious study but don't want to go back to university - we've just launched our 'gap year for mums' programme.

It's a best decision because I can concentrate on the product. If I wanted to take on Turkey, that's a huge body of knowledge that I'd need to learn, on top of what I do already, such as the marketing, accounts, the hiring of tutors and the website.

I still teach for a quarter of the year and it's good because I haven't lost control of the product. Our identity is entirely to do with our quality of teaching. Without that, we're nothing. I'm pleased that I've kept the recruitment of tutors close to me - one is responsible for one's own decisions then.

MY WORST ...

For a while, we moved the office to London. We were there from 2000 to 2006. It was a period of growth for the business and I was spending all my time running it and trying to grow it, but it meant that I stopped dreaming. …

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