In the second of our bi-monthly series in which we’re putting our fantastic fulfilment team at the centre of the action, we caught up with one of our Business Development Managers, Freddie Titcombe; the one who loves ping-pong
At Huboo, we’re lucky to be in a position where we have an innovative, market-disrupting technological solution that makes attracting top talent to our project a little easier than some fulfilment companies may find it. Freddie Titcombe is one such top talent we’re all grateful to be working alongside. Admittedly, not many people grow up dreaming of working in the fulfilment industry, but Freddie certainly always saw himself in an environment just like Huboo. It’s safe to say he’s enjoying himself since joining the team.
“I like the fast-paced nature of a start-up and being able to influence strategy with my ideas. Working with a lot of like-minded individuals is what anyone would want and we all get-along great. The fulfilment industry is so far making me feel fulfilled on a personal and professional level! What more could you ask for from a job?”
Before joining Huboo, Freddie led a very different life:
“I studied business at university and I always knew I was someone with an entrepreneurial outlook, but after graduation I wanted to first spend a little bit of time doing something completely different. I managed to land a role working as a carer looking after children and adults with challenging behaviours and learning difficulties; it came with its challenges, but it was really rewarding to be able to help other people in such a direct way.”
Freddie also says it’s helping others that keeps him motivated to keep on pushing at Huboo.
“I’ve always been very selective about jobs I applied for, but what attracted me to the position at Huboo, and what makes this job different from a lot of sales roles, is being able to help small businesses and lifestyle entrepreneurs free up their time. I know that sounds a little cheesy, but it’s extra satisfying when you know you’ve made a genuine difference to someone’s life. It’s easy to forget that behind every business there’s people simply trying to make ends meet.”
Freddie’s long held ambition is to be a lifestyle entrepreneur himself and working at Huboo gives him a lot of ideas and experience he hopes to take forward himself in future years.
“I know at some point over the next few years I’d love to set-out on my own and start working full time on my own venture, probably in e-commerce. It’s genuinely inspiring getting to chat every day to people out there doing it for themselves. Plus, it’s great to work alongside some of our fantastic partners like eBusiness Guru and Frooition. It also helps knowing that once I do get set-up, there’s a great fulfilment company out there who I’m sure would be able to help me out…”
It’s not all work and no play here at Huboo, and Freddie plays a crucial role in keeping everyone entertained in the office. He always helps us to relax; just like in any business, things can sometimes get a little stressful.
“We work super hard but it’s important to have some fun. I try to play my part in keeping everyone entertained and stress free. You need to have some fun and games in the office, too.”
Outside of work, Freddie also has a new passion that helps to keep him occupied and relaxed at home:
“I’ve recently bought a ping-pong table in my back garden and I can’t stop talking about it. If it takes 10000 hours to master a skill, I think I’ve only got about 300 to go.”
Between his gregarious nature and love of ping-pong, we hope getting to know Freddie a little more closely has helped you understand what goes on here at Huboo and how we’re always happy to help with any of your e-commerce fulfilment requirements going forward. Assuming the 2020 Olympics doesn’t come calling as he takes his ping-pong to the next level, Freddie is well set to be a vital member of the team for quite some time to come.
And now for something completely different…
We also put Freddie through his paces and got some quickfire answers out of him…go!
What’s something that makes you irrationally angry?
People putting salt and pepper on their meal before they’ve tried it.
What’s your favourite film?
What’s the best holiday you’ve been on?
Off-road motorbiking in the jungle of Indonesia…that was pretty cool!
Who is your dream dinner guest?
What’s your biggest fear?
Getting chased up the stairs.
What’s something you really love?
What’s your favourite fact?
There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches across the world.
In an ideal world, how would you make your millions?
Ping-pong…it’s safe to say I’m officially obsessed!
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What would your superpower be?
I’d love to grant wishes like a genie.