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Small Change: Clifford Brown, Shaw Gibbs

11th Dec 2017
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Clifford Brown
Shaw Gibbs

In this episode of Small Change, we are joined by Clifford Brown, head of corporate finance at Shaw Gibbs.

Brown has been with the firm since January 2016 and previously held senior finance positions at Thomson Reuters.

Shaw Gibbs is in the news this month after acquiring Insolvency Squared. The deal means Shaw Gibbs can build its insolvency and advisory offering in the London market.

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Hi Cliff, how are you? I am very well thank you.

What is the first thing you do when you get in the office? I get a pint of water and a coffee followed by prioritising what I need to do for the day.

The Ralph memorial question: Can you remember your first calculator? It was a Casio (wasn’t everybody’s?). I did always hanker after a Casio watch calculator. And I did eventually get one when I was 11 or 12. I'm not sure whether it was the space invaders game or the calculator that was the appeal...

Have you got a favourite fictional accountant? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

What’s the biggest change in the world of corporate finance since you qualified? The biggest change is the valuations attributed to businesses operating in the digital world like Google, and Facebook.

Do you check your emails outside office hours?  Yes, I think everyone does.

How many unread emails do you have? I clear my inbox every day, therefore none.  Actually allowing my inbox to become unmanageable is a big bugbear of mine.

How many cups of coffee do you get through in a day? I have three in the morning and then tea in the afternoon.

What KPIs do you obsess about? As a corporate financier, the real focus for me is revenue and ensuring the best possible value for my clients.

What did you eat for lunch, and did it cost more than £5.50? Someone else bought me lunch today.