February's IFSD newsletter featured our one and only Managing Director, and Bruce Springsteen fan Neil Law.
Neil tells us everything from his vision for Murphy Wealth, to what he wanted to be as a child. Read on to find out his favourite things about Glasgow and what box set he has been binging on recently!
Just over 5 years, since August 2014
15 (and growing!)
Growth. We want to invest in our future so that we can attract the best talent and be drivers of change in the industry.
Typically, I like to be in the office early as it allows me to check emails, keep up to speed with the news that may impact on clients, and plan my day ahead. The remainder of my day is spent either in client meetings or working with the client managers who support me to deliver financial plans for clients. Most of my time is client facing, however, over and above that I have time allocated to management responsibilities and working with the rest of the Board to see how we move our business forward.
It’s the hub of growth and the place to be as we pride Glasgow as an entrepreneurial society. It is therefore a prime location where we can support business owners.
There is a huge focus on lifestyle financial planning. We are moving away from the traditional model of advising, and slowly towards lifestyle planning. By doing this, we are taking our first steps in not only shaping the industry, but it is allowing us to have much deeper conversations with clients to understand what they want to achieve in life. Their stories are my biggest achievements because the work that we have done lets us see some life-changing results in their lives, that not even they thought could be possible.
The office, the team, the investment into innovation and technology…all in the last year! These are all pieces in the jigsaw allowing us to make the steps forward in our growth plan and collaborate with organisations we wouldn’t usually normally get to work with including Business Women Scotland and MND Scotland.
Simon Sinek, as a business inspiration and author. He has changed the way that leaders and companies think about their purpose, their leadership and how they can build sustainable culture. Sustainability is key when you are thinking about growth, and all these factors play a huge part in that. Till this day, we still use Sinek’s concept to think about ‘our why’.
That is an easy question…when I was a child, I was desperate to play centre half for Rangers. I still am desperate to do it, however, at 44 and with dodgy knees, I may have to accept that the call from Ibrox may never come…but I will keep my phone on just in case.
Most of my time away from the office revolves around my two daughters. My older daughter Caitlyn (10) is a keen swimmer and swims for East Kilbride Swim Team and my younger daughter Eilidh, is a gymnast with East Kilbride Gymnastics Club. They are both part of a dance club too! So, if I am not at swimming gala’s, gymnastic displays or dance shows, I enjoy playing golf or going out for meals with my wife, Yvonne.
...and finally, what three words sum you up?
Ambitious, sociable and dedicated.