My Local Life: Cath Boughton

11737944_10153378983926043_9132510903435640593_nGive someone 20 minutes to talk about their life and you never know what you might discover! Starting this month, we introduce our new feature, where we reveal the person behind a local business. This month, marketer Cath Boughton, owner of The Listing Magazine & publishing company Townhouse Publishing Ltd gives us an insight into her life.

Where do you live?
Royston, although I grew up in Guilden Morden and went to school in Bassingbourn. We moved to Royston 17 years ago to start our family.

What’s your favourite local place to eat?
A tough one. I love my food so local favourites include Rasa Sayang, Ashiana Spice, Ad Hoc and the Green Man. We recently had an excellent meal at The Plough in Shepreth.

Your favourite Local Shop?
The Shop on the Corner. I love their photo frames and china and unusual gifts.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Weekend lie-ins. Sshhh.

The last book you read?
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. It’s a detective story with a difference. An elderly lady descends into dementia whilst trying to solve the mystery of her friend who has disappeared. It’s heartbreaking. It made me cry.

What makes you happy?
Family, friends, love and laughter. Oh, and wine!

What annoys you?
Lack of drive or ambition. We have one shot at this life and I think it’s misguided not to make the most of the opportunities that come your way and live the life that you deserve.

What is your favourite film?
Dirty Dancing – because nobody puts Baby in a corner.

What do you love about your work?
I feel incredibly lucky. I get to meet people, be creative, be strategic and help other businesses grow. When we get a compliment back that we have helped another business grow, an event fill seats or put someone in touch with someone else who can help them – it is incredibly rewarding for all of us team. It doesn’t feel like work.

What is your most valued possession?
I’m surprisingly unmaterialistic. I would probably say my greenhouse. I got into vegetable gardening this year and have enjoyed playing with mud and growing potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, aubergines, lettuce, beans, peas and courgettes. The best bit is taking food to the table and saying “I grew that” and the family giving me a glimmer of respect!

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