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Getting to know..... Ben Cottam

What do you do at Cottam?

My role as MD is to make sure that we have a clear business plan in place and that we’re all working towards it.  The detail of the plan changes as the company develops but our overarching ambition is to grow the business, profitably, over the long term…..and have fun while we’re doing it!



What are you most proud of?

I’m extremely proud of our business and the team here at Cottam.  We have an open and collaborative approach and I love being part of that.  We’re a very old business but don’t let history or sentiment hold us back from what we might do now or in the future.  We’ve got a great and varied portfolio of business activity and there’s never a dull moment.  More recently, I’m really pleased with how we have become (consciously) more innovative and now have new products coming through on a regular basis.

Outside business I’m proud of my family and really enjoy being a dad and husband


Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by my family, colleagues, other businesses, business people, entrepreneurs, business books, stories of success (and failure), daft questions that kids ask and the sun shining.


What do you do when you’re not working?

Having young kids is pretty time consuming (in a good way!) at the moment.  Hobbies include cars, travel and being happy.


What is your favourite Cottam product – and why?

Our new paint & coatings roller range – it’s been designed for the heavier and more industrial end of the market and has had a great reception from customers.  We have also done some really nice bespoke client work recently that I can’t talk about here! 

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