Time Out: Rick Smith, Managing Director at Forbes Burton

Rick Smith, Managing Director at Forbes Burton

The weekend is upon us and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s questions are answered by Rick Smith, Managing Director at Forbes Burton, who it turns out is a master of the full English breakfast…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?                                           My weekend starts on Sunday, so the first thing I do is catch up on much needed sleep! Soon enough my family are tapping at the door for a famous Rick Smith full English breakfast. The weekend wouldn’t be right without a fry-up, rain or shine.

What is your hobby?                                                                                                         There’s no rest for the wicked! In my spare time I like to ditch the suit and tie to get my hands dirty refurbishing property. I have always enjoyed the thrill of finding a good property investment; I find it easy to stay on budget and manage costs. The physical labour is very relaxing as it is such a contrast from my day-to-day job, and of course the finished result is always extremely satisfying.

What is your favourite movie?                                                                                         The Bourne films are absolutely genius. I remember the first time I watched the first instalment The Bourne Identity, I was absolutely hooked. You can’t get better than a classic thriller-spy movie, and with the added mystery of memory loss and some epic stunts… it’s the perfect movie with a beer and a curry!

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?                                                                                                                           I would love to have been an engineer in motorsport, although it is a very competitive sector to secure a job in. Spending my days designing, building and test racing the vehicles would be a great way to earn to money, but I will stick to my day job and Sunday races on the television.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?                                                     It would be great to have the power to see into the future. That way I can make fool-proof investments.

What is your favourite genre of music?                                                                           It might come as a surprise, but I enjoy pop music. I particularly like Lilly Allen’s most recent album ‘No Shame’ – there is a catchy influence of reggae and I like her take on politics and society. Anything current on the radio can have my foot tapping.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?                                   It would be interesting to travel back in time to my childhood and study myself at five years old to understand my development process. I like the Channel 4 show ‘The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds’ and I would enjoy studying myself in similar scenarios.


Forbes Burton specialises in helping businesses with financial difficulties. For over 30 years they have been helping companies with HMRC arrears and insolvency issues. The company is committed to a rescue and recovery culture where possible and can provide a great source of knowledge to businesses looking to thrive. 

Managing Director Rick Smith is a respected thought leader on finance, current political topics and regional business issues. Rick has spoken on the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire Show, The Politics Show and Sky News.