Q&A with Andy Feeke

Read below to find out a little bit more about our Manchester Corporate Finance Partner

What are you most looking forward to about the challenge ahead?

Enjoying it.  We have a blank sheet in front of us in Manchester, but the largest independent accountancy practice in the NW behind us.  That is a compelling argument and an exciting one when you consider the opportunities Manchester offers.  Manchester is a huge commercial opportunity that is largely un-tapped for M&S, with our contacts and drive, I anticipate significant growth in all areas for the Manchester office, but particularly for Corporate Finance.

Which industry leader would you most like to meet and why?

Elon Musk – Founder of Tesla.  Who wouldn’t want to hear what this man has to say about the future?  I would also like to understand how he overcame the initial hurdles faced with any ‘disruptor’ to the sector, particularly the access to finance he had through the start-up phase.  This is often the main frustration for a new business and whilst things are different in the US, the principal challenges will remain the same.

Who would be invited to your fantasy dinner party?

I’ve assumed three guests for an intimate party of 4 which would likely be highly entertaining, but end quickly as they fall out:

Winston Churchill – I have an interest in the 2nd World War, particularly the RAF aspects and whilst I would not agree with everything Churchill would cover(!) he would be an entertaining guest.

Stephen Fry – Facts and humour.  I’d love to see how he would interact with Churchill and I can imagine a very animated discussion!

Brian Clough – As a Nottingham Forest fan, he is an idol.  He would also cut through some of the more pompous elements of the other two guests pontifications.

What do you like the most about working in Manchester?

I would have to say, working alongside my network on M&A transactions is the element I enjoy most.  Manchester is a vibrant energetic city, amazingly small when it comes to the professional advisor community.  I have made some really strong connections in the community with work and trust flowing freely through these connections. You are never more than one connection away from anyone in the NW and there is a great camaraderie amongst the professional community.  Ultimately, this means that reputation is important and those advisors giving good advice to their clients for everyone’s long term benefit, will survive and be successful.