A Place in the Sun

Great Spanish poets like Federico García Lorca were seduced by the beauty and the bohemia of the rousing city of Málaga. The PEA teams were inspired there too…in a wonderful visit this September.

Málaga – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the home of anchovy fishing in the Iberian Peninsula. What an amazing city. And what a tremendous inspiration to the PEA teams from three different jurisdictions, which spent a glorious few days on the Mediterranean coast getting to know each other and planning for the future.

The climate in southern Spain in September is perfect for Swedes, Danes and ‘Guerns’. Armed with sun cream, enthusiastic travellers from Stockholm, Allerød and St Peter Port gathered in the famous city on Tuesday 19 September. The following day we met to discuss strategy before embarking on a unique tour of the second-most populated city of Andalusia… by Segway!

Now, if you have never taken a Segway tour before then the best way of describing it is as an experience straight out of Star Wars. These Personal Transporters have their own self-balancing transportation devices, which prevent them from falling over. An internal gyroscope stabilizes the vehicle, enabling riders to stand up and get an excellent view. The device has a mounted disc that can spin rapidly about an axis in any direction. In a way, it reminded us of fund administration and PEA’s ability to react quickly to market conditions and change direction effortlessly, when required. As you can imagine, Segways are great fun and made for a beautiful whistle-stop city tour.

Following that we all visited the legendary Vinoteca Beatas. This an absolute dream for wine lovers with many of the best red, white and rosé wines from the length and breadth of Spain.

On Thursday each office delivered a presentation on the unique contribution they make to the PEA family and we received updates on the latest anti-money laundering procedures, cybersecurity and new developments with the Group’s technology platform.

One of the keys to the success of PEA is collaboration – not just with our clients but also between our different offices. This encompasses the different ages, backgrounds, and cultures of our highly talented team and, to be successful, it is vital that we spend time together, getting to know each other and helping one another develop to deliver an even better service to clients.

Our trip to Malaga will stay long in the memory not only because of the charms of a beautiful city but because of the invaluable team-building experience and the opportunity to think differently, share perspectives and learn more about advancements in our industry.

Gracias Málaga y buena suerte.

James Orrick holds a Masters in Corporate Governance from Bournemouth University, a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Essex, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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