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he start of the year has been another incredibly busy one for everyone at MB Partners and we are delighted to bring you the latest edition of our Partnership magazine. This publication encompasses all the successes from both the track and the course as well as exciting updates emanating from the MB Partners Official Partner Programme. On the sporting front, the year has started in excellent fashion for all of our racing and golfing clients. As a sports management company we are lucky to work on behalf of some amazing talents, but more importantly, some excellent characters. Many of our partners who already work closely with some of our sporting stars will vouch for that and I hope that more of you will start to form relationships with our elite golfers and racing drivers.

Our cover photo and lead article focuses on the incredible achievements of our latest European Tour star, Alexander Björk. Midway through an incredible golfing season, Alexander recently claimed his maiden European Tour win at the Volvo China Open which has catapulted the likeable Swede into the world’s top-100. We look forward to supporting Alexander as he bids to build on this success in the coming months. Elsewhere we catch up with renowned British driver, Jordan King, who has taken to the States in his latest career move where he has already made a firm impact on the IndyCar ranks, setting a new lap-record in his first ever qualifying session. From our commercial network, we learn more about two of our newer partners - Blaser Mills Law and Argentex. All the team at MB Partners take great pride in the successes that are founded from our small, but successful, affiliate network and our introductions to both Blaser Mills and Argentex are further evidence of our growing reach. At last November’s event held at the McLaren London showroom, I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet a great number of our partner network and I have personally started a number of new commercial conversations as a result. This is the premise that our Partner Programme is built upon and I hope that you will enjoy similar, valuable introductions in the near future. As always, I would like to extend a personal vote of thanks to all our Official Partners who remain on this exciting journey with us. I wish you all the success in the years to come. Theo Paphitis - Chairman

Front cover image: Alexander Björk wins the 2018 Volvo China Open Back cover image: Gary Paffett after victory at the Lausitzring

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Contents 07 About Us An introduction to our elite sports management company.

08 Board of Directors Meet the members of the Board.

10 The Winning Feeling European Tour winner Alexander Björk talks through his whirlwind start to the 2018 golfing season.

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14 Celebrating 125 Years of Excellence Ryman has enjoyed a long history of product innovation and customer service - values the company still holds just as dearly today.

18 A Brit Taking on the USA British rookie Jordan King looks set to make a lasting impact across the pond.

22 On the Right Track Robert Cain of Blaser Mills Law talks through the trials and tribulations of an ever-changing landscape.

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26 A Talent on the Rise

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Zak O’Sullivan’s performances in his burgeoning career have set him out as one of Europe’s most talented karters.

30 Introducing Garrick Porteous MB Partners’ latest golfing addition outlines his ambitions after a memorable few years out on tour.

34 Taking on Europe’s Elite After a whirlwind first couple of years in motorsport, young racer Jack Manchester has progressed to take on the Blancpain GT Series.

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36 Luxury Travel at its Finest

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Julianne Howarth explains how Attaché Voyage brings her clients a luxury travel consultancy with insightful integrity.

40 A Fitting Finale Beckons As Gary Paffett is bringing an end to the biggest chapter of his career he is determined to go out in style.

41 MB Partners Social Scene The latest goings-on from in and around the MBP Partner Programme.

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44 Introducing Andrew Watson The latest addition to the MB Partners motorsport portfolio reflects on his successful junior career in motorsport.

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49 Argentex’ Crystal Ball: Forecasting FX Thriving since its inception seven years ago, Argentex can now proudly count itself amongst the most highly respected FX firms in London.

52 Our Clients’ Success MB Partners celebrate the success of their clients over the last year.

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Good things come in small packages – meet the team who work behind the scenes at MB Partners.

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B Partners is a boutique sports management agency who offer a truly bespoke service to our hand-picked selection of clients. We are committed to performing to the highest level for each of our clients and provide a full turnkey service for elite sports people in motorsport and golf. Within the motorsport management sector, we are proud to be one of the class leaders in Europe and our golfing stable continues to go from strength to strength where we are proud to manage three European Tour members. The MBP Academy underlines our commitment to developing not only the careers of established professionals, but also the stars of tomorrow. With first-hand experience in these industries, MB Partners possesses a huge network of global contacts, as well as a profound knowledge of what it takes to manage the day-to-day requirements of a professional sports person. We know sport from the inside out and it is this knowledge and experience that means we are perfectly placed to help our clients negotiate the elite sport industry. By building a close relationship with each individual, MB Partners takes the time to understand our client’s personalities and goals. We can negotiate and execute contracts, provide insight into all aspects of their sport, and take care of all your duties away from the track or course; including all administration as well as maximizing your media and commercial profiles. Our comprehensive management service ensures that all our clients need to focus on is their talent, whilst we focus on creating and maximising every opportunity.

MB Partners' Board of Directors; Ian Childs, Theo Paphitis, Robin Fenwick and Mark Blundell

Alongside our client management umbrella, we are proud to exploit our wide-ranging commercial network and associations to help a finite number of elite sportspeople to maximise their commercial interests and activities. Our commercial representation approach centres around establishing partnerships that align with each of our respective client’s unique identities and values. Aside from our client management and representation services, MB Partners operate a successful Partner Programme for like-minded businesses and individuals who share in our desire to maximise their commercial opportunities. Our Partner group allows all our partners to cross market preferred services and suppliers between the relationships held across the group. Our partners enjoy access to exclusive networking events, direct business introductions, select discounts and offers and are all featured in our Partnership magazine which is disseminated across our business network.

For a more detailed look at our clients, partners and the services we provide, please visit our website or feel free to contact us. The Malt House, 27 Kneesworth Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5AB

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Board of Directors For more than three decades Mark Blundell has honed his expertise in the upper echelons of elite global sport, firstly in a professional sporting career, then TV pundit and in more recent years, as a successful businessman.

Theo Paphitis is one of the most recognisable entrepreneurs in the UK, equally at home in the world of sport as he is the boardroom. Having spent eight years as the Chairman of Millwall FC, taking the club out of administration and into the Championship, an FA Cup Final and European football.

Theo Paphitis Chairman

Theo made his name reviving the fortunes of notable high street names such as Ryman, Partners the Stationers, Stationery Box, La Senza and Contessa Lingerie and is now the chairman and owner of Ryman Stationery, holding the same position at Robert Dyas having bought the homewares specialist chain in 2012. Theo was previously the joint owner of Red Letter Days and, having sold his lingerie interests in 2006 Theo returned to the industry in 2011 when launching the international brand Boux Avenue.

Mark Blundell CEO and Director of Motorsport

A keen businessman, Mark realised that with his experience, knowledge and connections, it was time to start a new chapter in his life and launch an athlete management and sports marketing agency, built around his core values in sport.

In 2015 the Theo Paphitis Retail Group was launched which encompasses the four retail brands Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas, Boux Avenue and London Graphic Centre. As well as being a high profile entrepreneur Theo is a familiar face to millions from his time on the hit BBC TV show Dragons’ Den and regularly appears on primetime news and entertainment shows varying from Question Time to Top Gear.

Ian is a keen sportsman with a passion to connect sport and business. From a formal marketing background in the FMCG and motor industry Ian has spent most of his working life in and around the sports environment. His early days as Commercial Manager at Surrey Cricket Club and General Manager of Sports & Outdoor Media led to the development of a valuable networking base.

Ian Childs COO and Director of Golf

Ian then co-founded Movie & Media Sports with Theo Paphitis in 1989, their primary objective was to raise commercial revenue on behalf of governing bodies, clubs and associations worldwide. Movie & Media was acquired by Octagon IPG in 2000, Ian remained with the business until 2006 and was tasked with managing their Far East and Australasian operation in the latter years. After a short sabbatical Ian consulted for Sportseen Ltd culminating in its sale to Essentially Group. A former long-standing Chairman of Red Letter Days and a current Director for Ryman Ltd and Group Management Director of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group, Ian brings to MB Partners a tremendous network of contacts both in the commercial and sporting world.

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Mark started his sporting career at just 14, and for nearly 20 years he competed at the very top of world motorsport, including Formula One, IndyCar and World Rally. His wins even include the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. From 2001 through to 2008, he was integral to ITV’s multi BAFTA award winning presenting team for Formula One and now acts proudly as a global ambassador for McLaren Automotive and CAF Bank.

Robin Fenwick, Managing Director of Right Formula, joined the board of MB Partners in 2016. As the boutique sports management company’s newest stakeholder, Robin’s extensive knowledge of the sports marketing and sponsorship industries will provide a valuable addition to the commercial strategy of the company.

robin Fenwick Director

Robin founded his own sports marketing firm, Right Formula in 2009 and as Managing Director, his day-to-day focus is on client acquisition and strategy roadmap development for the range of brands on Right Formula’s roster. Robin has extensive experience in sports marketing, having worked in a range of inhouse and agency roles during his career. These include at the global sports marketing agency, Octagon, in-house with the McLaren Formula 1™ team working on the title sponsor account, and at Hilton Hotels where he served as Head of Sponsorship.


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Winning Feeling European Tour winner Alexander Björk talks through his whirlwind start to the 2018 golfing season.

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n recent years Sweden has become a real hotbed of golfing talent and the nation’s latest export is quickly making a name for himself as he continues his rapid rise towards the very pinnacle of the game.

Hailing from the small lakeside city of Jönköping, 28-year-old Alexander Björk is currently midway through a memorable campaign where he has already claimed his maiden European Tour victory and a further three top-ten finishes but the likeable Swede’s eyes are firmly set on even headier heights.

“It has been a fantastic start to the year which has opened up plenty of doors for me ahead of the second half of the campaign.”

Joining the MB Partners golfing stable in December 2017, Alexander had already announced himself onto the elite European scene with a successful maiden season on the European Tour where he recorded three top-ten finishes on his way to comfortably retaining his full playing rights. As he embarked upon his follow-up season on the main tour, any fears over the dreaded “second-season syndrome” were quickly extinguished with a near-perfect start to the season at the UBS Hong Kong Open. Coming home in second position, the Swede who now thanks to MB Partners benefits from the support of Gratte Brothers, TPS and Six Points, proved his first season success was no flash in the pan and set himself up for a strong campaign. “You never quite know what to expect at the start of the season but I headed into 2018 knowing that my game was in a really good place. To record a T2 finish in my first event of the new 12

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“In the weeks that followed I knew that my game was really close and I kept putting myself in potential winning positions. As Morocco came around, I finished in T3 again and it was a case of notletting myself become frustrated!” It would not be long before Alexander tasted the winning feeling that his consistent performances had long-deserved. Fresh off the back of his third top-ten finish of the year in Morocco, the prodigious talent headed to the Volvo China Open for what would prove to be the most memorable week of his career to date. campaign gave me a lot of confidence. At the time I was frustrated not to finish top of the pile in Hong Kong but looking back on it now, I can feel how important that week was to me.” Well and truly up-and-running for the year, it was no time at all before the Swede was competing at the tight end once more as he registered his second top-ten finish of the season before the close of January with a T6 finish at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. As his reputation continued to grow with each passing week, Alexander admits that he felt that his maiden European Tour title was edging ever closer but refused to get ahead of himself. “After Dubai, there were plenty of people telling me that it would only be a matter of time before I got my hands on my first win but it was really important that I didn’t listen to that too much, instead focusing on doing what I do best.”

In typical fashion, Alexander carded three consistent under-par rounds meaning he headed into the final day’s play just a single shot off the lead. Holding his nerve in excellent fashion throughout a dramatic final round, the Swede saved his best until last carding a seven-underpar round of 65 to claim his maiden European Tour victory. Reflecting on his achievement, it was his ability to close out the win in an extremely competitive field that satisfied Björk the most. “It was tough to describe the emotions on that final day. I was really proud of myself with the way that I played. It was probably one of the best rounds of golf that I have ever played, and definitely the best that I have played in a pressurised situation like that.” Not one to rest on his laurels, no sooner had Alexander added his name to the illustrious list of winners on the European Tour had he realigned his goals for the rest of the season. The victory catapulted the Swede into the world’s top-100 and he is excited about the challenges that lay ahead. “It has been a fantastic start to the year which has opened up plenty of doors for me ahead of the second half of the campaign. Not only do I have the Rolex Series events to look forward to but I’m hopeful of making my mark in some of the game’s most prestigious events both in Europe and the USA.” With his unerring talent and limitless ambition, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was not too long before Alexander tasted that winning feeling yet again. EDITION SIX  ParTNErShIP

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125 Years of Excellence Since opening its first store in 1893, Ryman has enjoyed a long history of product innovation and customer service - values the company still holds just as dearly today.

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he challenges facing UK’s biggest high-street brands are welldocumented; the continued decreases in footfall and the increasing prevalence of e-commerce mean that physical retail outlets are under more pressure than ever before. In spite of this challenging landscape, the prolonged success of Ryman stands out from the crowd as they celebrate their 125th anniversary and continue to collect distinguished awards from across the retail sector.

2018 marks 125 years since the opening of the first Ryman store on Great Portland Street, London, by Henry Ryman, and the retailer takes great pride in retaining a Great Portland Street store as one of its 200-plus outlets well over a century later. Famous for customer service, Ryman is the leading stationery specialist on the High Street and a shining example of a company which is constantly developing and innovating to meet their customer’s ever-changing demands. The epitome of ‘multi-channel’, Ryman combines a strong high street presence with a website offering an extended range of products. Their core range is further enhanced by in-store services such as DHL (international courier service), Western Union (international money transfer service) and a variety of other services including printing, photocopying, design and binding as well as, more recently, the personalisation of many of its products. In the face of the growing challenges facing the High Street, brands are needing to incentivise their customers to visit their stores in person - Ryman's commitment to innovation in order to meet the needs of their customers positions them at the very forefront of this requirement. This work has not gone unnoticed by industry leaders and fellow business professionals as Ryman have been awarded with the prestigious Business Superbrands status for 2018. Superbrands provides the definitive benchmark for brands who have set the agenda, outwitted the competition and built enviable reputations - three criterion which Ryman meet with aplomb. The Superbrands accomplishment was compounded as Ryman was also voted top of the Support Services and Office Supplies category, by a survey of 2,500 business professionals. Simon Childs, Head of B2B and Education at Ryman, feels that the accolades are just reward for the team’s hard work and the values which are so central to everything that the company do.

United by establishing the finest reputation in their respective fields, 2018 marks the 19th volume of The Superbrands Annual and its Chairman, Stephen Cheliotis, recognises the value of Ryman’s achievement. “Competition in the B2B space has become fiercer than ever before and so for Ryman to claim the number one spot in the Support Services - Office Supplies category is no mean feat. This achievement confirms Ryman’s Superbrand status once more in the eyes of UK business professionals, as well as leading marketing experts.” A firm contributor to retaining this accolade has been the launching of its new ‘business’ specific website enabling business and education customers to shop online. Recognising that businesses of all sizes represent a significant percentage of its customer base, Ryman has tailored an offer to suit their needs. Small businesses have access to an in-store and online discount card as well as an enhanced range of products while larger businesses benefit from this range as well as a personally managed credit account with free next day delivery and a bespoke price list. Benefitting from excellent customer service and tailored business solutions, Ryman’s corporate offering has already proven to be of great help to many members of the MB Partners Official Partner Programme as its business support services continues to go from strength-to-strength. Childs feels that the first half to the current year has been a very successful period and this success is just reward for providing tailored offerings alongside excellent service. “2018 has been a fantastic year for Ryman so far with growth in both the B2B and B2E sectors. We have partnered with many new schools and businesses helping them save time and money on their stationery and office supplies procurement. We recognise that businesses are all different and as a result of this, need tailored solutions to suit their requirements so get in contact with the Ryman Business team and start benefiting from our unrivalled range of top quality products and great customer service.” To open a Ryman Business Account or to find out more simply visit ryman.co.uk/business or call 08000 288445.

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The Brit Taking on the USa After an enviable single-seater junior career, Jordan King has made the bold move to take on the Verizon IndyCar Series and if his early season performances are anything to go by, the British rookie looks set to make a lasting impact across the pond.

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he margins within professional sport are so slight that sporting careers are often won or lost by the successfulness of a singular decision. Considerably shorter than most, the importance of a finite number of decisions can not be underestimated particularly within the rapidly changing landscape of professional motorsport. British driver, Jordan King, faced one of those career crossroads ahead of the 2018 motorsport season. Having enjoyed a hugely successful junior career which included a championshipwinning season in British Formula 3, numerous podiums and multiple wins in Formula 2 and a two-year stint as the development driver for Manor Racing in Formula One, the 24-year-old was faced with his most important career choice to date. “The passing of the 2017 season marked the end of three campaigns in Formula Two which had unfortunately not ended the way that I had hoped it would. We had a number of issues with the car throughout the season so, despite demonstrating some of the quickest pace across the grid, the championship was beyond our reach.” “I knew around halfway through last year that I would be looking for a new challenge for 2018 but I was less sure in what shape that would take. At that stage, I refused to rule anything out. All I wanted was the opportunity to get in a car that would give me the opportunity to execute my skills and allow me to be fighting it out at the front of the grid.” With a growing number of seats being filled through commercial means and having grown frustrated at the lack of opportunity that Formula One was able to provide the sport’s top young driving talents, the British driver realigned his ambitions and eventually made the bold decision to make a name for himself Stateside in the IndyCar Verizon Series. British drivers who have made an impact on the other side of the Atlantic are few and far between but the driver who set the precedent for making the move, and enjoyed considerable success after doing so, was none other than a certain Mark Blundell - Jordan’s manager.

““I always knew that if I was going to be competing Stateside, I had to commit myself fully to it.”

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“I had enjoyed a great deal of success in single-seaters and when I jumped in the IndyCar for the first time, I instantly felt comfortable and it didn’t take too much readjusting to. Obviously there are a number of quirky features about how it drives so it was really a case of just getting used to that.” “When we deliberated the options available to us, Mark could speak with real authority on what IndyCar did for him and his career. It was always a series that I looked at favourably as it is extremely competitive, full of wheel-to-wheel racing so it was an opportunity that I was delighted to grab.” Agreeing to join Ed Carpenter Racing for the road and street courses of the 2018 IndyCar Verizon season, Jordan embarked on a dramatic shift in lifestyle leaving his home comforts behind as he jumped fully-fledged into his new American career.

Now six races into his debut IndyCar season, there’s no doubting that Jordan has already made a firm impression in the series in what has proven to be a memorable start to the year for Jordan. Taking to the streets of St. Petersburg for his IndyCar debut, the British driver turned heads as he overhauled Will Power’s 2016 record lap time making King the new track record holder with a 1:00.0476 lap-time. This achievement has set the tone for the first half of the campaign where Jordan has demonstrated searing pace at each event, only to be undone by a combination of bad luck and mechanical issues.

“I always knew that if I was going to be competing Stateside, I had to commit myself fully to it. The first step in that was leaving the UK and getting myself a place in Indianapolis. Every choice I have made so far is to give myself the best possible chance of success and I feel like surrounding yourself in the American lifestyle is a really big part of that.”

“Although we are yet to register the result that our performances have warranted, the start to the season has been a really positive one. At each outing we have shown that we have a car capable of securing podium finishes and challenging for race wins. This hasn’t happened yet but I am really confident that some memorable results are around the corner.”

As the news became public, Jordan was overwhelmed by well-wishers from both friends and family and people across all levels of motorsport. With no time to waste though, attention soon turned to preparing himself to make the best possible impact on the series.

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right Track Currently safeguarding the interests of drivers and teams up and down the paddock, Robert Cain of Blaser Mills Law talks through the trials and tribulations of an ever-changing landscape.

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orking across the legal sector of the motorsport industry, few are better placed to advise on the potential pitfalls and dangers awaiting across this unique landscape than Robert Cain of Blaser Mills Law. Having enjoyed over twenty years representing various stakeholders across the sport, including drivers, teams and suppliers, Robert can speak with real authority on a world that has dramatically altered since his first chance involvement.

At times, it has been about urging a cultural shift to educate stakeholders on the importance of protecting themselves and making sure that what they sign is what they think they have agreed.”

After being first exposed to the weird and wonderful world of motor racing by his grandfather, it was in Robert’s professional career as a lawyer where his interest in the sport began to take a more serious turn.

“Our current work sees us touch the sport in many ways. The engineering side is fascinating - advising motorsport component suppliers not only on their supply into the sport but also on diversification into the sectors. The demand for legal support in motor racing like much of sport continues to increase as the "players" become more aware of the need for clarity in their obligations to each other and to record this in writing and not just rely on a handshake – whether that's a good thing is a different question!"

“It’s an overused cliché but it is the speed with which everything happens in motorsport that first grabbed me and I am talking about everything beyond the track. The industry is so dynamic and everything needs to be done five minutes ago. The world of law is one predicated upon careful consideration and proper planning, so combining that with motorsport is an interesting mix.” Despite all the changes the sport has been subjected to in recent years, one of its most enduring constants is that it remains an industry built upon relationships. Unsurprisingly for Robert, it was a brief, informal chat with a contact that preempted a career’s worth of work. “If you’d have told me that a coffee with David Whitehead would have taken me to the places that I have, I’d have laughed at you. My first touchpoint was with Motor Sports Development and the World Rally Championship. I met David for a chat and ended up doing all of their legal work.”

Through his current work with Blaser Mills Law, Robert continues to advise two strands of the industry; motor racing itself and those involved in the supply chain.

While Robert’s passion for his motorsport-related work is abundantly clear, like Blaser Mills Law, his work extends far beyond that. A full-service, leading law firm based in the South East, the firm is proud to offer a comprehensive range of legal services to both businesses and private individuals. “Working at a firm as diverse as Blaser Mills Law opens up further opportunities. Whilst I am proud to specialise within the motorsport industry, the majority of my work is spent on commercial and corporate legal matters particularly with a technology bent. As I mentioned the world of motorsport is one built on relationships and it often plays nicely between my business-related work and vice-versa. Either way, motorsport is never too far from my mind!”

“That showed me how rewarding working in motorsport could be. You immediately felt part of the team and were expected to perform to the same levels, speed accuracy, reliability and all on a budget. That first introduction came in the late 1990s and prompted a journey that took us to the very heights of professional motorsport, working on budgets that were upwards of $35 million, as well as the very lows and the fall out with Hyundai Motor Corporation.” As time went by, Robert became further engrossed in the sport joining the Motorsport Industry Association, working for suppliers, before becoming heavily involved with the Racing Steps Foundation. “Like most industries, motorsport is all about connections - it’s about people knowing people. It was through that network that I was asked to work with the management of the Racing Steps Foundation. The Foundation was designed to support British driver talent who otherwise couldn’t progress their careers - it was an amazing project and I count myself very lucky to have been part of it.” With the money involved in elite motorsport multiplying year by year, the importance of sound legal advice continues to grow ever stronger. A part of Robert’s role with the Racing Steps Foundation was to safeguard young drivers from the dangers of an increasingly commercialised sport. “Some memorable career milestones within motorsport include ending up at a tribunal in Frankfurt bringing a massive claim against a major motor corporation and having the chance to represent a GT team at the FIA in an appeal against a disqualification decision.” “Despite all the glamour associated with cases such as those, I value just as highly my work with younger drivers and making them aware of the significance of signing on the dotted line. Legal support for young drivers is important, teams are often hesitant to spend a modest amount getting it right at the start when they could be spending that amount on new tyres. But this can lead to a more expensive problem when things go wrong and everyone reaches for the contract. 22

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“It’s an overused cliché but it is the speed with which everything happens in motorsport that first grabbed me and I am talking about everything beyond the track. The industry is so dynamic and everything needs to be done five minutes ago.”


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Talent on the rise Zak O’Sullivan’s performances in his burgeoning career have set him out as one of Europe’s most talented karters. Tipped for big things, the youngster is determined to enjoy himself along the way.

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he world of karting is one characterised by intense competition and copious amounts of pressure on young shoulders. It is a world where prodigious talents pit their wits against each other in a bid to make a name for themselves across a saturated landscape. In such an environment, it is rare for a young talent to have the maturity to take a step back and ensure enjoyment is prime and central to a race weekend - but it is that refreshing approach which young Zak O’Sullivan adopts, an approach which has proven successful so far!

right result that you can’t spend all your time worrying about things beyond your control. All I know is that when I get into the kart, I’ll always give my best with what is available to me - if that’s not enough, then I just hope that next week it will be.”

13-year-old Zak, who hails from Gloucestershire, has already enjoyed great success both in the UK and across Europe which has justified his position as one of the continent’s most promising youngsters. Yet despite this tag, it is Zak’s mature approach to his racing that perhaps sets him apart more than anything else.

“The world of karting is a huge commitment. We are midway through the year now and there have only been a few weekends where my family and I haven’t been travelling around Europe from track to track. I’m lucky that my mum and dad support me so much but they know how much I love being behind the wheel.”

“Everybody feels the pressure so it is important to have ways in which you can cope with that. For me, I know that so much has got to go right to deliver the

Despite his youth, Zak has already accomplished a lot in his short career. 2016 saw the likeable 13-year-old claim the SuperOne Rookie Championship and

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It’s important not to mistake Zak’s laid back attitude for a lack of determination. The young Brit spends almost all of his time outside of his schooling dedicating himself to what he describes as “his passion.”


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also claim his first British title finishing top of the pile in the prestigious IAME Cadet class at Kartmasters. Last season saw Zak and his family venture into European competition against vastly experienced counterparts. 9th and 12th placed finishes in the two major European championships marked another positive year for the young Brit. Benefitting from a jam-packed calendar this year, Zak has gained a great deal of experience competing in the DKM, CIKFIA and WSK championships. A number of excellent results have followed including most notably a fourth placed finish at WSK Champions Cup in Adria where Zak went toe-to-toe with 75 peers in the OK-Junior Class. “This year has been another positive one. Beyond the results though, more importantly I have learnt lots of lessons that will stand me in good stead for the years ahead. As I progress through the ranks, there is so much beyond what you do behind the wheel that contributes to a good weekend. I’ve always said that my sport has taught me so much and this year has been no different.” Continuing to enjoy success, the talented youngster is relaxed about what the next few years will bring but it is clear where his ambitions lie.

“Racing is what I love doing. Over the next couple of seasons, I just want to give myself every chance of making what I love doing, what I do for a living. I’m not sure what next year holds for me and where I will be driving but there are lots of ways that we can go. My dad and I have always been huge Ferrari fans so maybe I’ll have to try and sort a red livery wherever I end up!”

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“Last year’s result in Prague felt like a real turning point for me. Not only was it my maiden title on the Challenge Tour but to win by five clear shots represented a really convincing performance.”

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Garrick Porteous MB Partners’ latest golfing addition outlines his ambitions after a memorable few years out on tour.

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f you were to ask an aspiring golfer what they would hope to achieve across their career, it’s fairly likely that their list would include recording a professional win, playing in premier events across Europe and getting the opportunity to represent your country. Perhaps those with the loftiest ambitions would also talk about their dreams at playing at Augusta, the home of golf, in The Masters. It’s a roll-call of achievements that would be the envy of most but the latest addition to the MB Partners golfing stable, Garrick Porteous, can reflect fondly on having already crossed all these achievements off his list despite still being just 28 years of age and still a relative youngster in golfing terms. Although he possesses a list of career successes that would satisfy most, it is the likeable Englishman’s determination to achieve yet more still that is the most impressive. Hailing from Newcastle, Garrick is currently midway through his season on the European Challenge Tour where a positive start to the year has meant that his hopes of progressing to the European Tour for 2019 remain firmly in sight. “I would call it a solid start to the year so far. I finished inside the top ten at the third event of the season in Turkey and have since backed that up with a number of respectable finishes. My game feels in a good place but I have yet to really bring all the elements together across all four days. I’m in shooting distance of the top players on the Race to Ras Al Khaimah and the good thing with golf is you only need one or two really good weeks to catapult yourself right up there.” With the top fifteen of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit gaining cards for the main tour in the following season, Garrick is eyeing a successful second half of the season to put himself right in the mix. Having already proven his winning credentials by claiming the Prague Golf Challenge title last season, the proud Newcastle United fan knows what it takes to close out the win and is hoping to achieve similar success this year. “Last year’s result in Prague felt like a real turning point for me. Not only was it my maiden title on the Challenge Tour but to win by five clear shots represented a really convincing performance. Closing out the victory on the Sunday was one of my best days out on the course and I need to use that feeling as a point of reference to drive me onto similar results this season.” Enjoying partial entry to the European Tour this year, Garrick has decided to forgo these entries in order to prioritise his bid to finish inside the top fifteen of the continent’s most prominent feeder tour. Having recorded five top-ten finishes in his last two full campaigns, Garrick has marked himself as one of the roster’s most talented players. “There is a considerable amount of ability on the Challenge Tour - you only have to look at how the likes of Jordan Smith, Brooks Koepka and Matt Wallace have progressed since graduating as proof of that. It seems with each passing year the standard is getting higher but I think I have proven myself in the last few years as one of the top competitors out there.” Gaining full European Tour playing rights would see Garrick return to the very pinnacle of European professional golf. It is a level which the Englishman has tasted before following a whirlwind start to his golfing career. It was 2013 where Garrick shot to prominence as he joined the likes of former winners, Sergio García, Graeme Storm and José María Olazábal by claiming The Amateur Championship. Regarded as the pre-eminent and most coveted amateur golfing title, Garrick closed out the final victory over Toni Hakula which prompted a memorable chain of events. The victory granted Garrick entries into The 2013 Open Championship, the 2014 Masters Tournament and The 2014 US Open, providing he maintained his amateur status. After incredible experiences at Muirfield and Augusta, Garrick pardoned his entry into The US Open in order to enter the professional ranks. Being able to draw upon those experiences separates Garrick from many of his competitors and with a prolonged successful period on the Challenge Tour under his belt, hopes are high that an equally memorable few years awaits. EDITION SIX  ParTNErShIP

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Europe’s Elite After a whirlwind first couple of years in motorsport, young racer Jack Manchester has progressed to take on the Blancpain GT Series in 2018 where he has already made an immediate impression.

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of the most competitive racing series’ across the globe. The Blancpain GT Series has long been known for attracting many of the world’s top racing talent and esteemed manufacturers. The 19-year-old knew he would be taking to the grid as one of the least experienced drivers but felt confident that the combination of his own talent and the expertise of the Mercedes-AMG AKKA ASP Team would see him fighting it out at the front of the field. “I have always been a fan of GT racing. In my opinion, the Blancpain GT Series offers some of the most exciting wheel-to-wheel racing around and that is exactly how I want to see myself develop. The AKKA ASP Team have been a front-runner in the series for a number of years now and I was only too glad to join them and get to grips with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 which is an absolute beast of a car.” Embarking on a new challenge, Jack is this year taking on both the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup alongside teammate Nico Bastian and the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup where he team up with Nico and Jules Szymkowiak. Together the trio have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, currently sitting atop of the Silver Cup class in the Sprint Cup. “It has been a whirlwind start to the year with so much to get used to. It’s easy to forget that it is just my third year in competitive racing and I’m up against some of the most renowned names from right across the circuit. That makes it all the more satisfying that we’ve enjoyed a great start registering multiple class podiums in both the Sprint and Endurance Cup’s.” “Nico and Jules have been fantastic teammates and we’ve got a great team spirit which really contributes toward us getting some fantastic results. We have already taken on the challenge of Monza, Silverstone and Paul Ricard this season and I’m really excited about what lies ahead in the second half of the season. Despite our strong start, we are still a new team together and


are still learning so hopefully we can go from strengthto-strength as the season progresses.” In a year full of career-first’s, Jack will embark on his biggest challenge yet - the Spa 24 Hours. The highlight race of the Blancpain GT year will see Jack, Nico and Jules take on one of the hardest races in motorsport which provides a stern test for both man and machine at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps. “The Spa 24 hours is an iconic race that is notoriously difficult and a challenge I can’t wait to attempt. There’s an unlimited amount of possibilities in a 24 hour race so you have to be prepared for every outcome and I’m sure I will learn so much from just taking part and, hopefully, we can come away with a successful result.” Taking on some of the world’s most infamous tracks and renowned drivers less than three years after first getting behind the wheel pays testament to Jack’s natural talent and a strong support network behind him. Should he be able to continue climbing the same upward trajectory in the next three years, there is no doubting that Jack Manchester will be a name worth remembering. EDITION SIX  ParTNErShIP

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Travel at its Finest Benefitting from over thirty years of industry experience, Julianne Howarth explains how Attaché Voyage differentiates itself through an open, honest and authentic approach to bring her clients a luxury travel consultancy with insightful integrity. 36

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“The premise of attaché Voyage is a simple one - to provide my clients with a comprehensive and fully bespoke travel consultancy service which enhances their most amazing travel arrangements in every way possible.”  “I am very upfront in that I only wish to work on behalf of a limited number of clients so that I can assure them the level of attention that they would expect and more. All of my clients know that I am on hand at any moment to assist with their requirements through every step of the process and I am very proud of that; right from the very first booking until the last moment when you have arrived back at your front door.” After a lengthy career that has spanned the length and breadth of the industry, it is Julianne’s experience and strong relationships that means Attaché Voyage speak with real authority within the luxury travel marketplace. “Like most industries, luxury travel is a landscape that is founded upon relationships. That is a principle that has been challenged by the rise of travel comparison sites yet these are all restricted by parameters of what can and can’t be offered publicly. The personal touch will always have its place in the market and I am lucky to possess brilliant relationships with each of the sector’s most recognisable hoteliers, meaning Attaché Voyage really can go above and beyond for our client base.” With the working day growing ever longer and the desk in-tray looming ever larger, Julianne believes that it is a sharp understanding of her time-conscious client’s needs which helps her to provide exceptional, unobtrusive service.

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ulianne Howarth, Founder of Attaché Voyage, is better placed than most to offer an insight into some of the globe’s hidden gems and most sumptuous holiday destinations. With over three decades of experience in the luxury travel sector, Julianne’s life work has been built on a single commitment - to provide her discerning and deserving clientele with the luxury travel experience that they deserve. Having established excellent wide-ranging relationships and having curated a collection of the industry’s most celebrated partners to work with, Attaché Voyage was established in late 2017 as Julianne sought to provide a world-leading travel consultancy service in her own image and founded upon her own principles. “The premise of Attaché Voyage is a simple one - to provide my clients with a comprehensive and fully bespoke travel consultancy service which enhances their most amazing travel arrangements in every way possible. Over recent years many people have tried to complicate the industry but for me, a truly exceptional service is delivered by sticking to a finite number of key principles.”

“Many of my clients are some of the most hard-working people I have ever met and they, quite rightly, value the very special limited time that they do get to get away. With that in mind, I enjoy providing a fully comprehensive and tailored consultancy service which ensures that they really can maximise the time that they get to spend away without a single worry.” Benefitting from long-held industry relationships, Attaché Voyage are well-placed to secure the most luxury addition to your travel needs but Julianne explains it is not all about saving cost or gaining free upgrades. “I do try to utilise my network to enhance even the most phenomenal travel arrangement as a matter of course wherever I can or am able. But after tendering the enquiry to a number of my tour operator colleagues, I then suggest and recommend which option I believe is the best for my client. It is not always a question of purely cost, but instead an informed recommendation based upon the needs and desires of each individual client that I work with.” EDITION SIX  ParTNErShIP

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Fitting Finale Beckons As Mercedes prepares to bid farewell to the DTM, the team’s current longest-serving driver Gary Paffett is bringing an end to the biggest chapter of his career and is determined to go out in style.

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ith every passing year, the move towards sustainability and e-movement intensifies within the automotive sector and it is no surprise that this shift is being reflected in elite motorsport as well. So often used as the prelude to technological innovation inputted into their road cars, the elite manufacturers are finding themselves leaning ever more to the virtues of Formula E. The latest in a long list of manufacturers making the switch to the electric street racing series is Mercedes Benz who have opted to leave behind their longstanding association with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), joining ten fellow manufacturers who will be lining the Formula E grid for the 2019/20 season.

With the news, DTM favourite and Mercedes ‘Team Captain’ Gary Paffett will be bringing an end to a fifteen-year association with the series which has seen the British driver become one of the championship’s most successful ever drivers. The 2005 champion and four-time vice-champion admits that it will be a strange moment as he bids farewell to the series. “The DTM has been an incredible part of my career. I know people will say that I am biased but I think you would struggle to find a more competitive racing series, where three manufacturers and many of the world’s best drivers go toe-to-toe. This year is a strange one as it feels like an extended farewell - every time we go somewhere, it is full of last’s if you like. Although it’s frustrating in a way that as we prepare to exit the series, we find ourselves right at the very front of the field.” Gary is right - in six races so far this year the 37-yearold has already claimed two race victories, the only driver on the grid to do so, and he currently lies in second of the Drivers’ Championship. The stage is set for a memorable second half to the season as Gary prepares himself for one final assault on the championship which he values so highly. “This year with the new aero regulations, it is a much more level playing field which has shown in the races so far. We are all experienced enough to recognise that we are not yet halfway through the season and plenty can change in the weeks and months ahead. That said, the car is in a really good place and we have put ourselves in a great position.” “Taking victory in the first race weekend of the season at Hockenheim with all my family there was a memorable moment but it also signalled what was possible this season. To back that up with another win at Lausitzring has put us in a good position but one which we need to work really hard from to capitalise on. I’d lie if I said that I haven’t thought about the absolute perfect farewell at Hockenheim in October but there’s a long road ahead between now and then and we just need to ensure that I keep putting myself in the best possible position race by race.” Looking further ahead, the 37-year-old admits that his competitive spirit is still as strong as ever and is excited by the challenges that lie beyond his DTM farewell at the end of this year.

“I still get the same buzz every time  I get behind the wheel and I have plenty more that I wish to achieve. Whilst leaving the DTM will bring an end to a very happy chapter of my career, I am really motivated about the next challenge around the corner. There are some exciting opportunities out there and I’m just looking forward to grabbing something new with both hands  and battling it out on a new grid.”

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andrew Watson The latest addition to the MB Partners motorsport portfolio reflects on his successful junior career in motorsport and discusses his hopes and ambitions for the future.

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he challenge of making the transition from talented young racer to established professional driver is becoming harder and harder with every passing year. Season by season, young talents fall by the wayside as the commercial roots within elite motorsport forge deeper and deeper. Andrew Watson, however, is breaking the stigma and is establishing himself as one of Britain's best GT drivers through hard work, sheer dedication and a fierce will to win. Hailing from the quiet, remote village of Donaghmore in Northern Ireland, Andrew Watson launched his racing career by cutting his teeth in the Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship in 2010. It was here where his love for motorsport was born and it wasn’t long before Andrew was making regular visits to the podium in the series. As his drive for more showed no signs of slowing, Andrew left the comfort of Ireland to contest the UK’s Ginetta Junior Championship season with Douglas Motorsport on the BTCC support programme. In his first season in the series, Andrew made an instant impression as he sealed 5th place in the Drivers’ Championship, achieving 6 podium places, including second places and his maiden victory, with only two non-finishes out of the twenty round season. In 2013, Watson's Ginetta Junior team decided to enter the senior competition, the Ginetta GT Supercup, using a Ginetta G55 car. At the first meeting of the season at Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Andrew qualified in a stunning 2nd place - despite having little experience in the much more powerful G55 car.

“It was a real honour to be invited onto the BRDC Rising Star Scheme, joining the likes of Lewis Hamilton in being selected for the scheme puts everything into perspective and filled me with confidence heading into my first season of GT3 racing. Then, joining the McLaren Young Driver Programme propelled my career to where it is now.” 2015 also saw a memorable appearance at the Sepang 12 Hours where he took victory in his class and an outstanding 4th place overall in the McLaren 650s GT3. Andrew also took part in four races during the 2015 International GT Open series, securing a pole position at Spa Francorchamps on his debut and then taking race victory at the Circuit de Catalunya. On his first visit to the legendary Bathurst 12 Hours in 2016, Andrew finished the race in his McLaren 650s GT3 in a highly credible 9th place, beating several world-renowned drivers to a top-ten finish in the thoroughly competitive endurance race. Making the switch to prestigious Blancpain GT Series in 2016, Andrew has since established himself as one of the strongest drivers in the prestigious series that features the biggest teams and drivers in GT racing. In 2018, the BRDC Rising Star is competing in the Sprint Cup with 3Y Technology in the BMW M6 GT3 and with Garage 59 in the McLaren 650s GT3 in the Endurance Cup.

This success set the tone for the remainder of the year and Watson finished his debut season in 7th place overall in the standings - a remarkable feat for a rookie. Following up in his sophomore season, Andrew secured five wins, twelve podiums, five fastest laps and one pole position to end the season in 4th place.

Andrew’s latest successes came earlier this year as he took Silver Cup wins at Brands Hatch in the Sprint Cup in his BMW M6 GT3 and then had a weekend to remember in the EnduranceM Cup as Andrew qualified on the front row at the 1000km of Paul Ricard and led the majority of the race before eventually coming home in 3rd place at the 6-hour race - marking Andrew’s first overall podium finish in the Blancpain GT Series.

“Ginettas was where I got my first taste of competitive racing and after that I was hooked, I was never going to do anything else and that’s where the dream started. As soon as I got my first win, I wanted to get back on track straight away and do it all over again.”

“The Blancpain GT Series is an intensely competitive championship filled with some of the world’s top driving talents. It is a series that has propelled the careers of many drivers to new heights and that is what I am hoping to benefit from as well.”

On the back of his outstanding two seasons in the Ginetta GT Supercup, Andrew’s career would scale new heights as he was invited to join the prestigious British Racing Drivers' Club Rising Stars Scheme. Not only was his talented spotted by the BRDC, but British manufacturer McLaren came calling as the Northern Irishman was selected to be a part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme, making the switch to the British GT Championship driving a McLaren 650S GT3 for Von Ryan Racing.

“The 2018 season has started successfully but the challenge is now to sustain this. All I can do is continuing to deliver on the track and, if I can do that, the next few years will take care of themselves. I’m hugely ambitious in everything that I do. I know where I want to get to with my racing career but that is my personal goal. The here and now is what matters, as without that,the ultimate dream remains exactly that - just a dream.”

“Ginettas was where I got  my first taste of competitive racing and after that I was hooked, I was never going to do anything else and that’s where the dream started.  as soon as I got my first win,  I wanted to get back on track straight away and do it all  over again.”

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argentex’ Crystal Ball: 

Forecasting FX In such a competitive industry, Argentex has thrived since its inception seven years ago and can now proudly count itself amongst the most highly respected FX firms in London. Argentex transacted more than $10 billion of currency for clients last year and has an enviable client base of some of the UK’s highest profile corporates and individuals across sports and entertainment industries to provide bespoke and discreet FX services and advice. The success of the business is underpinned by its people. Unlike many of its competitors, each member of Argentex’ dealing team has 10 years’ experience in the industry. This means they are in an excellent position to help their valued clients make well-informed decisions on when and how to execute payments overseas.

Q & a with John Goldie, FX dealer How long have you worked at Argentex? I joined Argentex almost exactly four years ago from a larger firm with nearly a decade of experience in the FX market. Earlier this year we joined the MB Partners’ Official Partner Programme to provide us with new opportunities. What does being Bloomberg’s most accurate forecaster actually mean? Bloomberg allow banks and institutions to submit forecasts on currency pairs over the coming year and beyond, and ranks everyone using a rigorous methodology based on three criteria: margin of error, timing (for identical forecasts, earlier ones received more credit) and directional accuracy.

We use them to help our clients understand the context of current rates as well as demonstrating the often contradictory messages that are coming from our clients’ own various banks – data and information that they may not otherwise have been provided. Why are accurate forecasts important for people looking to exchange money? Ultimately, the more accurate our forecasts, the better the deal we are able to achieve for our clients who are transferring money. The timing of a transaction is crucial. The first step of any exchange is to go online and view the ‘interbank rate’ which will let you know approximately where the exchange rate is at any time. However, bear in mind that this is not a set rate, and it moves continuously, often up or down 2% in a single day with important political events and announcements having the potential to move the rate even more. And this is where the experts at Argentex come in - it is important to speak to a foreign exchange specialist who can provide you with all the relevant information and upcoming data releases that you should be considering. Monitor the exchange rate fluctuations and ensure that clients do not transact at the least preferable time during any particular day or week. In addition, they we can alert you to any positive moves in your favour to enable you to take advantage of a particularly good rate. As your brokers it’s our job to be as proactive as possible on your behalf. And how do you expect the euro to perform for the rest of the year? How does this compare to what the banks expect? Despite the recent recovery in the USD, we remain generally bearish on the dollar’s outlook but no longer are we standing alone in that expectation. Should clients wish to discuss more about our thinking behind these forecasts, I am more than happy to have a conversation to talk them through in more detail.

Every quarter the official rankings are updated and having the Argentex name amongst the likes of the biggest high street and investment banks is a fantastic way for us to highlight our credibility and expertise, and being top of the pile in the most globally traded currency pairs is an added bonus. How did you achieve this accolade? I have been submitting the Argentex forecasts on a monthly basis since 2014. Each quarter the rankings are released based on the forecasts provided in the previous four quarters, so consistency over a period is essential. With the US dollar heading towards very long-term highs against many major currencies in the second half of 2016, I took the view that this strength would be unsustainable. Major banks and commentators were talking about the prospect of 1.10 on GBPUSD and below parity on EURUSD but I was more bullish. At such dramatic, historical lows on both currency pairs, I felt that even the risks of Brexit and the 2017 European elections was overplayed.

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We’re not afraid to have the courage of our convictions - at one point we were the only forecaster that had any expectation of EURUSD achieving more than 1.15 in 2017. In January of that year, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and many others were forecasting sub-parity by the end of the year while we were targeting 1.2200; on the final day of 2017, EURUSD closed at 1.2005. Why is Argentex more accurate than some of the world’s biggest banks? Consistently placing so highly in these rankings is testament to our whole team’s experience in this market. Our business seeks to help clients manage their currency exposures through a more sophisticated and personalised level of service than they would traditionally receive from their bank and providing these forecasts is a great way for clients to see a snapshot of the wider market expectations at any given time.

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Meet the Team Good things come in small packages – meet the tight-knit team who work behind the scenes at MB Partners.

Joanne Young - Executive Assistant to the Board A certified PA for over 8 years, with a background in organisations of varying sizes, Joanne brings a wealth of diverse experience to the company. As Executive Assistant to the Board, Jo assists all the senior members of staff, as well as heads of divisions, with diary, travel and administrative duties, whilst working day to day with the CEO to ensure the smooth running of both the Royston and London office.

alex Watts - Head of Business Operations Alex’s role encompasses much of the day-to-day operations of the company, overseeing MB Partners’ commercial, communications and logistical procedures. This role includes coordinating the MB Partners Official Partner Programme as well as managing existing commercial relationships between our clients and their partners, seeking to ensure value is maximised in all directions. Alex is also responsible for leading the in-house communications and PR team. While combining his studies with his role at MB Partners, Alex graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree and won the National British Olympic Association award for undergraduate academic excellence. Away from work, Alex remains an avid cricketer and footballer in his spare time.

Molly Thorne - Golf - Player Manager After a Junior career playing international golf, Molly studied law with The Open University while gaining experience in-house in both commercial and criminal law firms. Molly joins the MB Partners team from IMG and European Tour Productions, with unique experience in golf amidst a wide range of global sports media matters, sports broadcast, rights, event management and deal negotiation, having worked closely with a broad catalogue of golf organisations including The Men’s European Tour, The R&A, Ryder Cup Europe and LPGA. Molly’s role is to assist in the development of the golf division at MB Partners, paying specific attention to the day-to-day requirements of each of our golfing professionals.

Barry Mears - Motorsport Manager Barry heads up the MBP Motorsport Academy and is responsible for driving the development of each of the academy drivers and the division as a whole. Barry has experience working with young and talented drivers and liaising with teams and championships on a national and international level, covering both single seater formula and GT racing. His love of motor racing started at a young age, living close to the Lotus factory at Hethel, Norfolk and he remembers the civic parade in Norwich City centre to celebrate Mario Andretti's 1978 F1 drivers title. Prior to working in motorsport Barry worked for a FTSE 100 company in a number of senior positions centred on developing and managing relationships and brings experience of structure, process and governance.

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Nick Bridges - Business Development A commercially focused and accomplished brand development, marketing and communications specialist, Nick is the latest to join the MB Partners team in a business development capacity to oversee the branding, positioning and marketing of MB Partners and it's services. The role includes the development of our simulator experiences and our clients' marketing and branding and creative content requirements. With a proven track record in creating appropriately-scaled, adaptable and truly ground-breaking brands for a multitude of clients and his own businesses, Nick brings a wealth of experience with him to ensure our clients and partners maximise the value of their brands. An award winning creative in his own right, Nick’s brings a fresh approach to branding, marketing and creative services enabling MB Partners to further extend their client services to include web design and creative content. Outside of MB Partners, Nick is internationally recognised in the music industry as an artist and music producer responsible for a number of hit records including two UK top 10’s.

Michael Pearce - PR & Communications Michael joined the MB Partners team having gained experience in the communications and PR industries through working directly on behalf of professional drivers. These duties saw Michael manage and lead social media strategies across a variety of digital mediums as well as using various web-platforms. Michael’s role is to assist in the development of the public relations department at MB Partners, helping to maximise the mediated profiles and opportunities for each of our clients.

hannah Lee - Office Manager An administrator with 15 years in the public sector over a variety of roles, Hannah has much experience in office administration, especially coordinating training and corporate events, large and small, as well as providing invaluable support to her office managers. At MB Partners, Hannah’s main focus is in assisting the day-to-day administerial requirements of our talented client portfolio.

Juliette Pelham - Partnerships & Events After a successful year in industry where Juliette spent time working with elite racing drivers and endurance athletes, Juliette graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree, and award for academic innovation from the Department of Health. Following University, Juliette continued to work on her research paper that combined two of her passions, sport and humanitarian action, before it was published in 2017. Juliette now joins MB Partners from her graduate scheme having gained experience in sponsorship activation, account management and event marketing. Juliette’s role is to assist in the management of MB Partners' growing portfolio of events as well as the continued growth of the Official Partner Programme.

Kieran Clark - Performance Coach Kieren is an experienced MSA Qualified Driver Coach, who has been helping young drivers fulfil their full potential since 2010. Kieren has a great racing pedigree. After an illustrious karting career, which included winning both the JICA and ICA Senior Championship at PFI, Kieren moved into single seaters competing primarily in Formula Renault. Clark was known for his consistency and went on to win the Formula B.A.R.C Championship in 2009, before moving into driver coaching in 2010.

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Thank You MB Partners wish all of their Official Partners continued success for the remainder of 2018.

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