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Peter Taaffe, Managing Partner at Liverpool-based accountancy firm BWM

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 08th, Feb

What changes could improve or develop your sector?

We have invested huge time and resource in embracing new technology in digital accounting to help our business and our clients. I want to see those advances continue as I have seen how they can free up our clients’ time to allow entrepreneurs do the things they do best.

What does your typical working day look like?

One of the best things about my role is how incredibly varied it can be. I spend a lot of time speaking to clients as well as their other professional advisers, such as their lawyers and investment managers, usually in Liverpool but often in London or abroad. I also interact with our own team as much as I can. I am a frequent networker, too, although sometimes I’m a bit frazzled by the end of the day. Often at my side is my ‘labradoodle’ Emer. She is a wonderful companion and doesn’t care about office work!

Where would we find you on your day off?

I love what I do because I interact with such a wide variety of interesting people. But, like most people, I love to switch off and find some silence and solitude. We have a family cottage in the Dales. There is no broadband and it’s well-stocked with wine - it is a little piece of heaven.

Who, or what, inspires you?

My colleague Andy Oakes could successfully network in an empty room. He is hugely personable and approaches everything he does with tremendous dynamism and energy. I’m inspired by my whole team and by the diversity of our clients. It was a tremendous moment for me when I won the Business Personality of the Year award in 2017 at MIB. It was a recognition of the work I and everybody here at BWM puts in on a daily basis.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

When I think back over the dark times we endured in Merseyside over the past few decades it is awe-inspiring to see what the city has now become. I love to walk through the city centre and along the waterfront to see a city transformed. We saw 1.2m people take to the streets for the Giants - that was an incredible weekend and I was bursting with pride. The resilience, strength and the talent for reinvention we have in Liverpool is what makes us a truly world class city region.

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