My Working Day – Marti Burgess – Corporate & Finance Partner at Bevan Brittan

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Marti Burgess – Corporate & Finance Partner at Bevan Brittan, about her working day.

What time do you wake up?

I am an early riser and get up most days before 6am. I go to the gym for a spin class at 7:15am most weekdays.

What do you have for breakfast?

Usually a soft boiled egg or yoghurt with fruit.

What is your mantra for your working day?

I don’t really have a personal mantra as such but was brought up believing that if you want to do something then it can be done.  Our family mantra is ‘where there is a will there is always a way’.

As a business leader, is it hard to separate your business and personal life?

Yes, but you have to. I like to spend my weekends doing just family things and enjoy having people over. I try not to do any work or go to networking events unless I really have to and focus on the things that are the most important which are centered around the home and my family.

What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Fight your inner fears and don’t focus on what could go wrong as you do not need to know everything before taking on a challenge. Also look to  build on your knowledge by attending events where you can hear about other women’s journeys and stories. I read a lot and recently read The Authority Gap by Mary Ann Sieghart which I found hugely empowering.

Who is your business idol? Why?

This is a tough one as there are loads of people I admire both now and historically. Last year I watched The Black Godfather on Netflix which is about Clarance Avant and I really liked the way he successfully ran a business whilst at the same time acting as a mentor for others.  Watching that really inspired me to do more to help others.

What motivates you?

I have always been ambitious so I want to succeed at what I do.  My family has overcome a lot as immigrants and I have always wanted to make them proud as well as be an inspiration to my two daughters and my nieces and nephews.  On a granular level when working, I like finding out everything about how my clients run their businesses and want to provide them with solutions that help them.

How do you persevere through challenging times?

Our family mantra is ‘where there is a will there is always a way’ and that gets me through hard times.  If you persevere you will get through the challenging times and be on the other side.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female professional?

People underestimating me.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Always have a pen and piece of paper with you. I now use a Remarkable and carry it everywhere.

Are you hopeful about the future of female entrepreneurship in the UK? Why?

I am hopeful because I see that women are being more assertive whilst at the same time being able to harness their vulnerability to remain themselves and become better leaders.  Sisterhood and looking out for and after other women in the workplace is more prevalent now which is definitely important. Women empowering other women is something that is transforming the UK.