Adam Parton is a partner at chartered accountants and business advisers Moore and Smalley. He is 39 and lives with his partner in Lancaster. He joined Moore and Smalley in 1993.
What was your first job?
I was a paperboy for a local newsagents - Charles and Marlene Smith of Westminster Road, Morecambe. I can’t say I enjoyed the early starts, the rain and heavy bag, but I do have fond memories of working for Charles and Marlene who were wonderfully kind.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
During the week it’s a case of sofa, food and TV.
Weekends are a different kettle of fish, but I’ll leave that to people’s imagination, although my friends will no doubt spill the beans if asked.
Proudest moment in business?
Being invited to join the Moore and Smalley partnership.
I’ve worked for the firm for 21 years and have enjoyed almost every moment of it. I’m in the fortunate position to enjoy what I do, work with great clients, and work with people who care for one another.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
There’s too many to mention and some that would embarrass others too. I’ll have to play safe and say the time I hole-punched my favourite tie when I was a trainee.
Your biggest vice?
I think my other half would say talking. We work with a lot of businesses in the city centre, such as bars and restaurants, so it’s impossible for me to walk through it and not spend half my time stopping to talk to people I know.
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
Predictable but true – my mum.
She brought me and my brother up on her own, always putting us first. She taught us to be hard working, have good manners, be honest, act with integrity, to be fair (the list goes on). She’s believes the idea “if you’re going to do a job, do it to the best of your ability” - something inherent in both my brother and I.
Word of business advice?
Play to your strengths and seek help for the things you are not so good at. This way the business as a whole can thrive.