Q&A: Ross Docherty, assistant manager, Bell & Bain

Jo Francis
Monday, June 5, 2017

Ross is 19 and has already been working in the industry for three-and-a-half years, under the watchful eye of his father, MD Stephen Docherty. He lives in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow and was named apprentice of the year at the resent Graphic Enterprise Scotland Apprentice Awards.

What is your nickname?  


Why did you get into printing? 

Printing was always something I found very fascinating and factory work seemed to suit me very well

What would be your dream job? 

Chairman of a football team

What is your dream bit of kit?

I operate a Muller Martini Diamant casebinder and it is the best bit of kit I have worked on by far

What would you most like to print?   

Something Celtic-related, I’m a big fan

What is your favourite film?  

Goodfellas. I know the script I have seen it that many times

What is your favourite TV show?  

Soccer AM

Who do you admire most in the industry? 

My dad. He always pushes me to do my best and makes my workplace somewhere I look forward to going to

What is your favourite saying? 

‘If it was easy everyone would be doing it.’ Gets you through a hard day

What is your favourite album? 

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis. I’m a fan of Manchester music

What is your favourite book?

I am still to find one, but I enjoy printing a different variety of books in work

Cat or dog, or…?

I always wanted a dog but never had one, my mum won’t let me

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Trying to operate Bell & Bain’s original jacket machine, which was made in 1970, all on my own was horrible

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Brendan Rodgers

What is your greatest ambition? 

To be better than my old man. That will be a massively difficult task but I believe I can do it

What’s your greatest fear?  

Attending work after a work night out

Most embarrassing moment?

Tipping a pallet of books in the middle of the factory

Where would you like to be right now?  

Tenerife on my holidays

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Dying my hair blonde

Who would be your favourite party guests?

The Gallagher brothers

Where would you go if you could time-travel?  

Alcatraz. I’ve watched all the documentaries and the escape amazes me

What was your childhood obsession?

Having all the Celtic strips

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

To stick in at school 

How would you like to be remembered?  

As someone who brought something to this workplace to make it better for others

Life is…?  

What you make it. You’ll get out what you put in


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