I’m sure all of you, like me, were delighted to see the final medal count from the Rio Olympics. Though, with so much success for Great Britain from Mo Farah, the track cyclists, Max Whitlock and so many more, it is easy to forget about the Olympic spirit of the other competitors who also show what the games are truly about. This is recognised by the so-called fourth medal, the one no one has really heard about, the Pierre de Coubertin medal.

This medal is awarded for exemplifying the Olympic spirit, and two were handed out to 5000m runners from USA and New Zealand, Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin, for showing true sportsmanship and courage. It is values such as these which should be admired and strived for by everyone.

Here at Close Brothers, we ensure that our values are at the forefront of all of our minds. We:

  • Are client-centred
  • Commit to excellence
  • Value our people
  • Operate with total integrity.

Core principles are highly valuable and I believe that ensuring you  maintain your own guarantees a better outcome for everyone. There won’t be Pierre de Coubertin medals for everybody, but showing your best side can really put you on the path to success. This is my belief in my life both at work and home and I do my utmost to urge others to do the same.