21 May Client Chat: Tony Hedger, A & T Business Associates Ltd
People are the most fascinating aspect of any business, and we’re lucky to work with some great clients who are interesting, inspiring and lovely to boot! We thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on them in a new series for the blog: Client Chat.
Over to you Tony!
Name: Tony Hedger
Business: A & T Business Associates Limited
Tell us in one sentence what your business does: It raises funding for business owners and property people (we’re an independent bank manager but not an IFA).
Where is your business located? Worthing but we operate nationwide.
Have you always worked in this type of business? Always in Finance but was a Bank Manager for 20 years at Lloyds Bank before setting up my company.
Tell us an interesting but little known fact about you or your business… I (via another business we own) have exported rose bushes all over the Caribbean and to St Helena and my customer in St Helena gave me a finance referral to help someone buy a commercial fishing boat in Portsmouth! It certainly is a small world!
Where do you see yourself and/or your business in five years’ time? Hopefully with 10 staff covering different parts of the south of England. All of my current staff are employed so it takes time to expand. Most of my competitors can expand quickly as they use self-employed commission-only staff but I feel that does not give the end client the best level of service.
Do you have any workplace rituals? Opening the shutters to my office with my first cup of coffee of the day.
Have you read anything good recently, whether for fun, work or both? Difficult question as I read a lot but Moneyland by Oliver Bullough and am still reading No More Champagne: Churchill and his Money by David Lough. Waiting for the next Peter James as well.
What’s your greatest achievement, whether at work or personally? Setting up my business and the success that my two sons have had with their chess; both of them now play for England.
If you could invite four guests for a long lunch, who would you invite and why? Winston Churchill as it would be great to get his views on the world today. Peter Jones (Dragons Den) as it would be good to understand how he has built his empire. Isambard Kingdom Brunel as he was such a driven individual and would be good to see what he thought of engineering today, and Ron Dennis as I am a big motorsport and car fan.
Where do you go for your lunch? One of the great restaurants that Worthing has (far too many good ones to single out just the one).
If you could be transported to anywhere right now, where would it be (and without any quarantine restrictions!) and why The Cote d’Azur (French Riviera) as it is nearly always warm there and one of the places in the world that I can relax in, yet still be contactable should a client need me.
Thanks Tony – very interesting and insightful answers. We especially like the diplomatic answer to your lunch venue question!
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