Last Word with Nick Moss

The CEO of the Prysm Group on registration companies, Sir Alex Ferguson and a good roast dinner.

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What are three things you would change in the industry?

  1. I wish some of our competitors weren’t so good at organizing exhibitions.
  2. I wish interviewees didn’t assume that working in exhibitions is something to do with hosting champagne receptions.
  3. I wish someone would start a registration company that wasn’t either utter crap or the cost of the total revenue of the show...or both!

What is the biggest topic that needs addressing in the industry?

 

To be completely honest, I’ve got the golden ticket and I’m doing a tour of Willy Wonka’s factory at the moment. Saying that I did think about doing a letter to my local MP about the cost of plug sockets.

 

Which member of the industry is least likely to get a round in first?

 

In all honesty I tend to be too drunk to know or care who bought what.

 

Where is the best place for a nightcap and what would it be?

 

See above answer.

 

Favourite restaurant – best dish?

 

I’m tempted to say see above again but I do like roast beef

and a good Yorkshire pudding at Rules in Covent Garden.

 

Most prized possession?

 

My business. I bloody love it.

 

What’s your karaoke song of choice?

 

We don’t really do karaoke, but we do a lot of singsongs. The choice of song tends to start with: “Walking along, singing a song...” (then you can freestyle the whole of the rest of the song).

 

What one thing do you do better than anyone else?

 

Convince clever people to work for me.

 

Biggest weakness?

 

I can’t finish anything without getting bored.

 

Proudest moment (in and outside the industry)?

 

Without doubt my proudest moments are when I see the Prysm office going completely mental. It is exhilarating, insanely funny and deeply inspiring.

 

Outside of the industry, my family is immense.

Team you support and why?

 

In the current climate my choice of football team makes me sound like an utter b***end. But I deeply love Sir Alex Ferguson and I do have an annoying habit of droning on about Paul Scholes.

 

What’s the best putdown you’ve heard in the industry?

Everything I can think of isn’t printable.

 

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

 

My first business as a teenager was an instant PR hit with news stories appearing in local, regional and national press, TV, radio – the whole nine yards. Despite the fabulous marketing campaign in the first two months we didn’t sell one. The business was a home delivery condom business.

 

Worst item of clothing you own?

Hard call but I’d have to go with the 10,000 out of date condoms.

 

Most embarrassing song you own?

 

I’m not really very musical so probably everything on my phone.

 

Favourite place to go at the weekend?

 

We have had so many rock star family weekends that I struggle to pinpoint one time or one town, city or country. Saying that, my weekend house is the prettiest house in England so an average weekend there is pretty damn cool.

 

Worst job you’ve had/worst experience in the workplace?

 

I’ve had loads of rubbish jobs, but the one I hated most was when I worked for a block paver firm doing driveways. I only hated it because I spent the whole time hiding from the foreman who should have been in Broadmoor. He spent four hours a day chasing me round with a shovel trying to kill me

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