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29 Oct 2015

Meet the Judges – Calum Brewster

Tell us about yourself

I joined Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in 2011, following various senior roles such as Head of Client Operations, Head of Client Experience & Strategy and Head of Regional Distribution with other international banks

I am currently Wealth & Investment Management’s Managing Director and responsible for the performance of the teams across Scotland, Northern Ireland and North England.

I have a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. I also holds a PCIAM certificate and various other Banking and Advance financial planning qualifications.

I am married and have 2 children. A keen fund raiser and keep fit enthusiast I enjoy helping  both charities and good causes on a regular basis.

What will you be looking for in a winning pitch?

  • A great team that are enthusiastic, determined and knowledgeable.
  • A idea that has head room but is also addressing or solving a real need in a relevant market today.
  • A business opportunity that is financially viable and attractive to consumers and investors.

Give us three interesting tips for any start-up

  1. Protect your intellectual property
  2. Turn and idea into a business – 1. Research your market, 2. Develop your plan, 3. Find partners and suppliers
  3. Practice your sales pitch and secure funding

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