Meet the Investor...Aaron Baker

Aaron Baker works in BGF's Birmingham office, covering the Midlands.

Describe yourself in three words

Approachable, measured, honest

What was your first job?

Putting up badminton nets and five-a-side goals at a sports centre as a 14 year old – we rarely got much work done…

Who’s your business hero?

Richard Branson

Name one person who you would like to have dinner with.

Freddie Flintoff – I imagine the press only knows about 5% of the stories from tour

Give us one positive prediction for UK entrepreneurs.

Increasingly devolved powers should improve local decision making in areas like planning and investment, and may start to flow down into areas such as business rates. Reductions in corporation tax, support of R&D investment, and a buoyant funding market to support growth, also indicate it’s a good time for entrepreneurs.

What’s the best thing about your job?

How fluid it is – from one week to the next you are doing wildly different things, meeting lots of interesting people and businesses, and hopefully making a difference…

What’s the best quality in a leader?

Integrity

What’s your favourite music/musician?

The Libertines – I even managed to see them again last week.

What skill would you most like to have?

A “live pause” button

What’s your greatest personal achievement?

Being a dad which has definitely changed my life for the better. A close second would be birdying the 575 yard 2nd at Celtic Manor….

What deals have you worked on at BGF?

Palmer Hargreaves, Dudson, BHR, Shepherd Direct, Hawk Group (and a couple more close behind)

Which word or phrase do you overuse?

‘Albeit’

 

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