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A Day in the Life of….Tony Dickson

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. First up is one of our directors, Tony Dickson.

Position at HUK?

Proprietor / Director – well you might think that’s a bit pretentious so let’s break it down; I’m the guy that has to pay the bills, puts food on the table of lot’s of families, the guy that worries about health and safety and staff welfare and the one that gets chased by the tax man, HSE and staff if I don’t do these jobs, the ideas man, the accountant, FLT driver, electrician, salesman, packer, labourer, cleaner, manager, counsellor, therapist & mentor.

How long in this role?

Well in November this year the company will be 10 years old, I have been here from the start along with my fellow director Paul Jordan, from when we used to share a shoebox of an office with rented laptops through to todays 10,000 sq ft workshop, offices and staff, and I probably will be here long into the future long after a sane man would have retired because this is my passion.

How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Well, as I have said I started the company with Paul Jordan, it didn’t exist until our previous employment was sold out from under us and it didn’t have a name at that point, to be honest the hardest part about setting up the company was not the step into the unknown or risking everything it was actually naming the company, we went through hundreds of ideas and turned them down either because after thinking about it we didn’t like them or because we did like them but when we checked at Companies House the names were taken or the web domains were taken etc. I remember sitting with Paul exasperated staring around the room trying to think of something and spotting The Hoist magazine on the desk then saying to Paul “we need something simple that says what we do just like that Hoist magazine over there” – BOOM, Hoist UK Ltd was named and formed there and then.


What does a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

Well, you have seen the job title above ….. Hoist UK are more of a projects company rather than a stockist or distributor and we get involved with all sorts of projects across many industries; each day there is a different or several different challenges, we may be asked for anything from a performer flying track, a factory crane, something within a clean room or explosion proof facility or just something that has never been done before like an oscillating lift for aerospace or a missile guidance test winch. There really is no day that I can say is typical because of the varied projects we get involved in, so throughout the day I will be dipping in and out of the various projects we have on the go, checking on sales, purchases and invoicing, lending a hand where necessary in design and in the workshop, yes I suppose that does actually describe a typical day – That’s why I love this job!

What has been your favourite project / What is your favourite part of the job?

Wow, when do I get an easy question? There have been so many exciting and new projects …. I think for me I am still more excited over the entertainment side of the business and love working on this type of project, so either Kingdom of Dreams project in India or the City of Dreams project in Macau are my most memorable, don’t get me wrong I still love all the other jobs especially those that no one else either can do or wants to do, these are usually the ones where you have to think about what is needed, solve a problem and meet budget and deadline, that is the best part or parts of my job, I hope you can see why.

What is your favourite book?

Here is another difficult question, the simplest answer is the one I’m reading now! I love crime and thriller fiction, authors like James Patterson, Robert Ludlum, Lee Child & Jeff Lindsay, so if you catch me reading I will be reading either an Alex Cross, Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher or Dexter type of book.

What Is your favourite film?

Here we go again, there are so many great films out there and I am getting on a bit so there are at least five decades of films to choose from maybe more if you look at the older films that were on TV when I was a kid like “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis which was released the year I was born way back in 1958 that I watched on tv as a kid, then there are the re makes of the films that were out in those five decades …… they are all special for different reasons and evoke such fantastic memories. Hard Days Night for example by the Beatles in black and white 1964, probably the first time I remember going to the cinema, I was taken to see it by my older sister, the Beatles were in the height of their fame, Beatlemania was worldwide, in those days the films used to run continuously with just a five minute break in between to rewind the reel, and you could go into the cinema part way through the film, wait and see the beginning if you missed it. This film we watched over and over until we were thrown out to let other people in, that was the whole audience not just me and my sister.

Going the “pictures” with various girlfriends to watch films like Saturday Night Fever or Grease or going with your mates to watch Predator or Alien, taking my kids to watch Labyrinth or Gremlins, taking grandkids to watch Finding Nemo or Frozen, all great memories. But I am a bit of a Trekkie and have been since I was a kid so one of my favourites is the latest rendition of Star Trek series of films with Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk, so I will be going to see “Star Trek Beyond” when it comes out later this year and of course due to my interest in Robert Ludlum books I guess my all time favourite would have to be The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, the new Bourne film is out in July so that’s a must!

What was the first single you bought?

Well, I was the youngest in the house and had an older brother and sister all who were working and really into music so I didn’t have to buy many “records” during my formative years and was brought up with all the great legends of that era like Elvis, The Beatles, The Who, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Joe Cocker, Gerry and the Pacemakers (Maybe Gerry shouldn’t be in with the legends but ….. Ferry across the Mersey & You’ll never Walk Alone – Obviously!!) etc but when they left home and I had to buy my own records so I guess the first one I actually bought myself was “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool” by little Jimmy Osmond …. NO ONLY KIDDING it was “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones, I was about 13 then, it was on vinyl, played at 45 rpm and cost about 50p or a whole weeks pocket money!.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, as you can guess running a company doesn’t give you much spare time, so I like to travel (well take holidays) when I can, get addicted to Netflix box sets, read books and go to the cinema, that’s when I am not socialising with the family who are a great and full part of my life.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

  1. A five star all-inclusive hotel with an infinity pool
  2. Really good internet connection
  3. My wife