Get to know Stephen Wainwright
Stephen has always been focused on providing a personally-led service to owner-managed businesses that are challenged by financial circumstances. He is a family man and a keen classic car enthusiast.
What is your business motto?
Treat others with respect and as you would like them to treat you. Be completely transparent about what is happening even if it is not necessarily what the client expects to hear.
How do you make contacts in business?
Whilst I use Linkedin and to a smaller degree social media, I think old-fashioned face to face meetings are important to build up relationships over time and nurturing them even when you or they don’t immediately see a need for each other.
What makes your Firm different?
The team makes our business different. Whilst we invest in the latest technology and systems, you cannot buy dedicated professional and experienced personnel, most of whom have been with us for many, many years sharing our philosophy and commitment.
Do you dress up or down for business?
We dress for the occasion.
What do you always have with you?
The usual briefcase and the paraphernalia that goes with them. This teamed with a pleasant and friendly approach to people.
Which individual has inspired you most in business and why?
My father who, whilst was a successful businessman, recognised that success was being happy.
What is your proudest achievement in business?
Over the years, saving many jobs and businesses, some of which are now multi-international concerns. I am proud to be involved in the Practice and to have a great team who were once just colleagues but who I now count as true friends.
What is your Firm’s greatest asset?
Easy. The Practice is made up of a very professional, hardworking team without whom there would be no business. It is the people who make the business, not tangible assets.
Do you use social media and if so on what?
I use Linkedin to connect with a lot of people but, to be honest, don’t have day to day interactions on it. As a Practice, we recognise that social media has a limited role to play and have recently employed a marketing communications company to assist.
If you had not gone down your chosen career path, what would you be doing instead?
I have always had a passion for classic cars so would probably have gone down that route. Although I know little about the combustion engine and this can be verified by the number of classic car repairers I have had to engage over the years!
What is a tip for success in business?
Being surrounded by highly qualified and motivated employees and being able to accept constructive criticism. Being able to accept that changes are sometimes for the better and certainly moving forward with the times.
At what time of the day are you most inspired?
The drive to and from work. I often get that “eureka” moment.
How do you relax away from work?
I enjoy family time especially at weekends when we normally retreat to Anglesey. I love simple pleasures like walking the dog on the beach and talking to the family about what is going on in their lives. I am also partial to a good Indian or Thai.
Where do you take your coffee break?
When time permits but especially when meeting with clients and referrers.
Who would you like to most have a coffee with?
Winston Churchill. He was one of a kind – both charismatic and a great leader.
What is your coffee of choice?
I do not drink coffee but I like a nice strong Earl Grey.
Contact Stephen for any advice you might need.