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Meet John Hilson, new Head of Entrepreneurs

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, we talk to John Hilson about how there is never a dull moment working with entrepreneurs, the challenges for this sector and how we support entrepreneurs and business owners.


13th November 2023


John Hilson

John Hilson joined Arbuthnot Latham in September as Head of Entrepreneurs, leading a London-based team who provide advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners across a range of sectors.

John brings a wealth of entrepreneur and business development experience from roles across a number of private banks including Hampden & Co.,Duncan Lawrie, and Adam & Co.

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, we put John in the hot seat to answer a few questions.

What is the best part of working in the entrepreneur space?

I’ve worked with entrepreneurial clients for over 20 years now and can categorically say that no two business owners are the same. But what they do share is an abundance of energy, drive, and self-belief.

The diversity of businesses and business owners, the sectors they operate in and the character and motivation that keeps them going, mean there is never a dull moment working with entrepreneurs!


What do you hope to achieve in your new role?

My aim is to play a leading role in the delivery of superior private banking services to entrepreneurial clients, existing and new, to help them achieve their ambitions and goals for their business and their personal life.


What are the challenges for entrepreneurs at the moment?

The higher interest rate environment is as much of a challenge for business as it is for households, more so in fact – with increasing employee wages, energy, and fuel prices alongside fierce competition.

By working closely and listening to our clients’ needs we can tailor solutions from across the Arbuthnot Latham bank to help them navigate these challenging waters. We have expert teams able to advise and support our clients throughout their journey – from private and commercial banking to asset finance and specialist lending solutions.


How do entrepreneurs and business owners benefit from a relationship with Arbuthnot Latham?

We put a lot of value on our ability to do what we say we’ll do, so we place importance on taking time to get to know our clients and really understand where they have come from, where they are going, and what matters to them.

This is where Arbuthnot Latham is different: this approach means that our advice is objective-led and highly personalised to each client’s situation.

We also offer direct access with a dedicated banker – no call centres, no chatbots, no waiting on hold. A real person who knows you and whose goal is to help you and your business succeed.

As well, clients benefit from invaluable connections within our diverse entrepreneur client base. Access to like-minded individuals and business owners – those who have exited, those planning to exit and those that want to build a multi-generational family business – and the opportunity to share their knowledge and insights and learn from their successes and mistakes along the way.

Further reading about Business Exit



Ten essential financial tips for entrepreneurs planning to exit their business

A successful business exit requires careful financial planning and strategic decision-making. Read our top tips to help you plan for this change.


The emotional aspect of a business exit strategy: navigating the waters of transition

We explore the emotional side of a business exit strategy and how to prepare for it.


Exiting your business

Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster ride. From start up through nurture, scale up and eventual exit, there are thrills and spills along the way, but with the right strategy in place, selling your business can be a hugely rewarding experience.

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