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Meet BCM presenter, Steve Plaskitt

Steve Plaskitt is a Corporate Finance Partner at MHA Tait Walker – find out how he got involved with our BCM events and why parenthood proved to be an invaluable life lesson.

As Corporate Finance Partner, Steve divides his time between MHA Tait Walker’s Gosforth and Stockton offices. His role involves helping north-east businesses with their fundraising, strategy, or with company acquisitions and disposals. Steve is responsible for the company’s corporate finance and the forensics teams.

Describe your typical weekday

No two days are the same – I can be advising clients, reading documents, discussing our workload and any issues arising with the team, or meeting with potential targets and introducers of work. 

The most interesting part of the job is that I tend to meet people who are at an important stage of their working life – whether that’s seeking funding to grow the business, or seeking to sell and either retire or plan their next entrepreneurial adventure. 

Having a number of offices within MHA Tait Walker to visit, I can often spend a lot of time on the phone in the car as I travel to and from meetings.

Sum up your CV so far

I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a first in Mathematics and Statistics before starting work at a medium sized firm in Manchester.  

After two years in Manchester I came back to the north-east and joined what was then Torgersens in Sunderland, which is where I qualified. 

I spent a short period of time travelling in New Zealand, before joining Clive Owen & Co in Darlington. I moved to Ernst & Young Corporate Finance in 1996, and then I joined MHA Tait Walker in 2002, becoming partner in 2005. 

Which role has thought you the most valuable lesson? 

Parenthood – it’s helped me understand business and family companies more than any on the job training ever could, and it’s made me appreciate negotiations skills (and sleep!).

What advice would you give your younger self?  

Spend more time in New Zealand! I only had three months off between jobs, and it would have been great to have taken a whole year out and do much more travelling.

What’s your proudest achievement? 

I don’t really look at any one achievement in particular – it would be great to do so and reflect on my career in a few years’ time, but right now I’m just pleased that I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in the north-east corporate advisory market for over 25 years, and to have so many friends among my clients and colleagues.

How did you become one of our BCM presenters?

Alison Tait, the Events Coordinator for the Northern Region and Scotland, asked me to get involved when Keith Proudfoot retired from his role as Regional Director at the end of 2017. 

I love the idea that reporting on statistics based on interviews with accountants can accurately foreshadow what happens in the UK economy and that you can discuss some of these national trends with other business owners.

I’ve always found the BCM to be a good source of information, so it’s great to have the chance to explore the findings in even more detail than I would normally be able to.

What are you reading at the moment? 

I’ve recently finished the Sapiens trilogy by Yuval Noah Harahi; three fantastic books that make you look completely differently at your own view of history, the future and the now. 

How do you relax? 

I love spending time the great outdoors, so pretty much anything from long distance cycling and running, to working on my allotment or walking the dog.

Do you have any fears or phobias? 

Anything tooth related – so literally everything from visiting the dentist to seeing my children’s milk teeth wobble and fall out.

Which three words best describe you? 

Scared of dentists!