BANKING FOR YOUR AGENDA
For entrepreneurs there are multiple interconnected ways their private banker should be supporting them. It all starts with your banker understanding your goals and finding the right solutions to meet them.
Typically, those running growth stage businesses may have a need for flexible liquidity to help manage assets that may be moving between personal and private holders, and vice versa – for example office spaces, vehicles, or even intellectual property.
In these circumstances bespoke mortgages, securing credit lines against property assets or investments, could provide liquidity. This helps you move at the pace of the business – something which can be crucial as entrepreneurs look to scale and attract new investment simultaneously.
On the more personal side, your private banker should be there to support your complex financial needs. This could involve understanding the structure of how you take an income when showing earnings for a mortgage application, or putting your cash to work to protect it from inflation.
Your banker might recommend solutions that balance between fixed returns and instant access with any liquidity needs in mind. Similarly, for any windfalls or monies that can be put to work over time they should be able to find the suitable investments for potential long term growth – complementing markets and sectors you’re familiar with, while looking to mitigate risk through portfolio diversification.
If you’re exploring new investment horizons and products, your banker will also be connecting you to the right expertise and intelligence to ensure the calls you’re making are appropriate to your objectives and risk tolerance. For example – do you want a discretionary portfolio managed by experts or are you happy to be more hands on?
Looking further ahead, your private banker is there to make sure your professional goals are plugged into your long-term plan. They can help with building your pension and financing any plans for retirement, as well helping you work out what any potential business exits might look like for you, your family and your company.
On this, Coutts has a longstanding and highly regarded Business Exit Programme, which has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and business founders find and optimise the value of their companies. The goal is always to see them achieve the exit that is right for all potential beneficiaries and set them up for the next challenge – be that another venture, career change or retirement.