Sam Barr Bluebox Interview

January 25, 2018

Here at Bluebox we pride ourselves on our core values with one of them being “Personable, Team Players and Fun”. This month we have asked one of our newest members to the team, Sam Barr, Senior Analyst, a range of questions getting to know his background and motivations behind choosing a career at Bluebox in Corporate Finance.

  1. What was your background prior to joining Bluebox?

I studied Economics & Econometrics at The University of Nottingham. After graduating, I took a year out where I worked at a youth marketing and digital media company, before embarking on travels around the world. On returning in one piece (just), I joined the Private Markets audit team at Deloitte. Here, I worked with private or private-equity backed companies, while working towards ACA qualification.

  1. What were your motivations behind choosing a career in Corporate Finance?

During my time in audit, I saw several of my clients evolve through acquisitions. Some exposure to this sparked my interest in corporate finance. I decided I wanted to work in an environment that was forward-looking, strategically-focused and where I would be in direct contact with the decision makers of a business.

  1. What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

Incredibly varied! Within two months I have a portfolio of clients across a range of sectors, all of which are in different stages of the M&A process. Sectors so far include automotive, software and retail. A typical day can involve; client meetings, pitches for new business, drafting marketing materials and speaking with potential purchasers. It really depends on who the client is and the stage of our work – part of what makes my job so interesting!

  1. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The gym. I won’t go otherwise.

  1. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

I was one of the 10 youngest runners in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon.

  1. If you could choose anyone professionally, who would you pick as your mentor?

Richard Branson.

  1. What is your motto or personal mantra?

Don’t count the days, make the days count

  1. Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Dwayne Johnson.

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

India (though I have already been three times). Not only do I love the culture and the food, but I have volunteered in a children’s home over a period of 7 years and relish any chance to go back.

Quick fire

  1. Morning, noon or night? Morning
  2. Favourite cuisine? Indian
  3. If you could win an award, what would it be for? Efficiency
  4. Favourite blue item? Tottenham Hotspur away kit 2017/18


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