K-Club Breakfast Speaker – 19th September 2019

Chris Panayi

Senior Partner, Henton & Co LLP

In April 2003, Chris Panayi was sitting in the VIP area of Earls Court as a guest of the concert promoter who is a client of his firm, watching Paul McCartney perform “The Long and Winding Road”.  He looked around.  He and his wife were sitting amongst music megastars, professional footballers and prominent politicians.

The sentiment of the lyrics made him reflect on how his life’s journey had taken him from a house that was torched in Larnaca, Cyprus in 1956, to sitting amongst all those famous and successful people.

Chris started his business as an accountant and business manager in October 1980 with 1 client.

His passion for music created an opportunity to work with all genre of the entertainment arts and the business grew organically for almost 40 years, building up a client base of about 450 clients across the globe, trading as C. C. Panayi & Co LLP.  Chris created a speciality offering which covered all aspects of music, including artistes, management companies, recording studios, sound and lighting companies, publishing, record producers and writers, concert and crowd security companies and an extensive list of other music related businesses.

Recognised in the Centrip Top 25 accountants in the Music and Entertainment industry, Chris has a real passion for supporting music industry clients, from international high profile and rising star musicians as well as other industry related businesses, whilst providing sound business and financial advice.  He is proud to include the likes of Emilie Sande and Guy Chambers amongst his client list.

In June 2018, CCP was voted by music managers as a Legal & Accountancy 50 top firm and in July of the same year, the business merged with Leeds-based Chartered Accountants, Hentons, with the combined business becoming a ‘Top 100’ firm of accountants.

The road from Larnaca has certainly been long and winding, with potholes as well as beautiful straight smooth surfaces.

“It is only now that I have entered my 70th year, that I’ve started to reflect on how I have gone from having holes in my shoes to winning accolades and recognition from my peers.”

A true tale of overcoming business challenges, we look forward to hearing more from Chris at our event.

 

K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 19th September 2019, 7.30am-10am at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Salford, M30 7LJ.