Up close with Hollywood Monster MD and marathon man Tim Andrews
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m Tim Andrews, managing director of Hollywood Monster, the signage and graphics specialist. The business started in my parents’ loft in Hollywood and now we employ 70 local people and turnover £7 million. We have invested and installed the widest digital print machine in the world which demonstrates how the business has changed and how we have benefitted from the upturn in our economy and growth of our city.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
I travel in by car from Dorridge to Tyseley each morning, however much of my daily business is done in the city centre where I would either drive or take the train into Snow Hill.
HOW’S THE COMMUTE?
Our city is slowly but surely becoming grid-locked. We need a better transport system. I’m particularly excited about the tram system. It’s needed and an extension must be implemented. Investment into cycle lanes would also help.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
It’s simply a large village and is a great place to work. My business demonstrates the opportunities that exist. Brummies are lovely, helpful, easy-to-deal-with people. Our student population and the talent that exists will shortly pay dividends and the larger corporates will no doubt soon be attracted here. We are on the cusp of something great.
The Bureau on Colmore Row is a great meeting place. I also like Urban Coffee or Home deli next door. Likewise Brindleyplace has some great meeting places.
The Home deli is great for a light lunch, as is Metro Bar or Primitivo, and Fumo serves great food.
My pressure release comes from exercising. I’m currently training to run the Tokyo half marathon in February so I’m often jogging around the city’s towpaths. I’ve done all the five main marathons of the world. I once bought the domain name birminghammarathon.com as I think the city could host a great marathon. This year’s Birmingham half marathon was probably the best I’ve run – the support on the streets was incredible.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
It has to be Brindleyplace. There’s a great cultural mix of people, buildings and offerings. The walk from Brindleyplace to Snow Hill is fabulous and once the old library development is finished it will represent a world-beating eclectic mix of architecture that every Brummie should be proud of.
I tend to frequent the Bureau, Fumo, Bank and Metro but the marathon training means soda and lime tends to be the order of the day.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
Make Colmore Row traffic-free with the streets lined with tables and chairs rivalling our European competitors. An extended tram service to reach to places like Harborne and Solihull would be great along with later train times – my biggest frustration is that come 9pm the city is quiet. Oh, and cycle initiatives to reduce congestion.