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Business profile: Nick Winters

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:03 04 January 2016

Nick Winters, Kingston Smith partner

Nick Winters, Kingston Smith partner

Archant

We talk to the partner at chartered accountants Kingston Smith, St Albans

What are the biggest challenges in your role?

I’ve spent my entire career in accounting continually pursuing new opportunities and challenging myself. Whether this has involved new clients, helping long standing ones with critical issues or taking on a new role, I enjoy nothing more than taking on a challenge.

I recently became involved with Virgin Start Up as a mentor and mentor trainer. I see this as an extension of the advice I provide to clients and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being looked at expectantly by entrepreneurs who always believe you can help them move forward quickly.

What’s your motivation?

I enjoy helping people and their businesses and get a real buzz out of this. I want to improve every day and spend my journey home thinking how I have moved something, for me or my clients, forward that day. I find this helps maintain focus and lets me transition from a busy day to a restful evening.

I want to continue to evolve, by improving my ability and knowledge and for my clients to receive exceptional advice and support through a long term partnership.

Most valuable business lesson you’ve learned?

My favourite quote sums up the most valuable business lesson I’ve learned quite perfectly. The wonderfully named New York Yankees baseball coach Yogi Berra once said, ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else’. So, for me the lesson is always to have a plan but to be flexible enough to always seek advice and to change it when appropriate.

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