When we first started the Pub Club series, we made the effort to quiz our ‘Pub Clubees’ on whether they had ever done business in a pub. After a lot of head scratching, memory searching, um’s and ah’s in answer to this question, we soon gave up asking it, writes Suzie Bliss.
However, nestled into the snug at The Antelope near Sloane Square, Gary Martin, assistant investment manager at Hawksmoor Investment Management’s London branch is telling me how he recently used a pub for work purposes.
‘We’ve done a lot of fun things, including a young professionals networking event. This was at another Fuller’s pub in London, arranged by myself and Lewis Glasson, a solicitor from Kerman & Co,’ Martin told me when I returned to our table with a pint of Oliver’s Island for him and a gin and tonic for me.
The event was aptly named ‘Thursday Night Social Club’ and was held at The Counting House, on Cornhill.
‘There was beer tasting’, he paused to take a sip of his pint, ‘and over forty guests attended from various professions’. This included law, financial planning, journalism, banking and marketing. ‘We’re hoping to arrange the second event soon.’
Having opened in April last year, there have been a number of firsts, including the networking event, for the branch in its first 15 months of business.
‘It is going really well. We signed up our first new client within the first two months. It just so happens he lives round the corner,’ he divulged.
The office currently has £60 million in assets under management, £8 million of which is managed by Martin, and 220 clients. The team of three will be joined on 24 July by Simon Atherton and David King who are moving over from Sanlam Private Wealth.
Despite now having a presence in the capital, Hawksmoor’s aim is not to grow into a vast national discretionary fund manager.
‘We are very happy to be a local boutique investment manager in London, offering something different to our larger competitors,’ he said.
That said, Martin is not local to London. He hails from Liverpool, where he grew up, went to university and started his career.
‘I studied economics at university, but didn’t know what I wanted to do job wise. I applied for a few things and luckily ended up at Tilney [in Liverpool], which I really enjoyed,’ Martin explained pointing out that his role at Tilney was in the back office.
‘I suppose you could say I had a mid-20s crisis. I left Tilney and headed to Malta to train to be a scuba diving instructor. I was also doing some DJ-ing on the side. It was a fun time,’ he recalled with a smile.
Returning to the industry after his ‘sabbatical’, Martin decided he wanted to make the move into investment management, which brought him to the role he does today.
Draining our glasses, I want to know what’s next?
‘Personally I’m working on building my client book and taking my exams. I want to get my Chartered Wealth Manager qualification soon and am working towards that now.’
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