for you and your business

Adrian Barker

Managing Director

I am one of a fortunate few who is lucky enough to love my job, and I love coming into the office every day. That hasn’t always been the case: setting up a successful professional firm is not easy. But we are now fortunate to have a great team of people with fantastic skills. The result is that I am passionate about cbsl accountants, having founded the firm in 2004. I care about the people that work for us, and the clients that we look after.

One of my prime responsibilities is to take leadership for our values. I care passionately about my wife Sarah and our two children, Oliver and Saffron, and so I understand the needs of our staff and our clients, when it comes to caring for their families. This means that we work in an extremely family orientated firm. Our staff appreciate this, but also in turn respect their responsibilities back to our firm. Why not call in some time, and see the art produced by our children that hangs on our walls, so that we have a reminder of what is important during our working day. We specialise in succession planning, and believe that our family values stand us apart from other professionals in providing that advice. We don't think we could do that as well as we do without our family centric approach.

I believe in simplicity: we live in a noisy and complex world and think that we should do our best to translate complex aspects of business and taxation into language that our clients understand. Essentially a core part of my role, is as an interpreter.

I also believe that if something is on one of our client’s minds now then I should be available to discuss it when they need to. That can present a challenge - what if a client wakes up early concerned about something? Well basically, if I can, I will speak to you at any time that you need me to. I know that our clients accept that this is not always possible, and respect my time  as well as they do their own. All accountants should have the ability to advise you: my role is to add affability and availability to that expectation. I want you to be able to speak to me when you need to, and I want you to enjoy that interaction.

I have never really believed in work life: home life balance… I have one life, and am lucky enough to mix the two. When I'm not working for clients or for our firm, and I am spending time doing just what I like, then I enjoy French wine, food, and exercise; the exercise compensates for my love of the other two! I try to train daily; either at the gym or running... Im not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, but I have signed myself up for the 2018 Shrewsbury Half Marathon and at the time of writing half of me is fearing the lack of time left to get race fit, and the other half dreading the process of getting race fit!

Previously I have been a cyclist using one of my three bikes christened Georgia, Felicity and Tiffany! During 2012, the Olympic Games in London had the goal of inspiring a generation. I am not convinced that I was the generation that they wanted to inspire, but they did: I took up cycling again, and I changed my lifestyle. However, I dont like getting wet, getting cold, and I'm scared of potholes, so the start of 2018 has meant that I have needed a new challenge, hence the running. 

My favourite meal is one shared with Sarah, Ollie and Saffie. I love breakfast on Saturdays with the children, whilst Sarah joins the Shrewsbury Parkrun. I love dinner with them on holiday sitting outside as the sun sets but it still feels warm. I love dinner in France eating food that is simple but local, home-cooked, and authentic. Essentially I love time with my close family and the opportunity to relax appreciating food, wine and their company.

That said, being home in the kitchen, cooking dinner (cooking is another of my passions), a glass of wine, leaning against the Aga, Sarah bathing Saffie in the kitchen sink, whilst she still fits, which she barely does, and Ollie helping or sharing facts or jokes is hard to beat. Putting a plate of good food in front of people is a daily pleasure.