My family’s links with Shorts go back around 30 years, so I’ve known a lot about the heritage of the firm. But my relationship started around five years ago, firstly with Andy and it really took off then. What’s been really special is the relationship with all the other partners has grown at the same rate. I just have them on a pedestal as being the leaders in this market and would trust everyone in the firm.
The relationship is strong for a number of reasons; it has got all the vital ingredients to make it work. I have a huge amount of trust and respect for the partners but dependent upon the query I have, I might speak to someone else within the firm – this has happened over the last few months. Everyone that I’ve spoken to has been very informed and totally impressive in what they were offering and clearly has the same values and attention that comes from the top. It’s very, very clear that the firm is built on good people.
Adam Ames has been absolutely superb – from a technical point of view, faultless. The contribution he made to the business plan was not only fantastic in terms of the quality but also in the time that he delivered it, and he got the right level of ‘hand-holding’. For the first meeting, he was there to help, the second one he was just there to help me prepare beforehand, and that’s what made all the difference.
Everyone I’ve spoken to, from Adam Ames, Andy Ryder, Gary Moorhouse, everybody has an interest in you as a person and everything you’re doing as well. It’s not just the pieces of paper that are in front of you and the numbers. You look forward to visiting Shorts because you know you can share your excitement and that you’ll come away with some really good ideas too.
There is no way that we would be in the exciting position that we are right now if it had not been for the full support of Shorts.