Proactive focusses on providing accounts and tax solutions to the Tech Sector. It’s a family business founded in 1997 by Paul Brannigan, and it now has a staff of five, including an accountant and bookkeepers.
Paul qualified in 1990 whilst working at Coopers & Lybrand (later PriceWaterhouse Coopers) and that was back when the accountancy profession was embarking on a painfully slow transition from centuries of using pen and paper to an unfamiliar world of using computers. Do you remember the arrival of Lotus 123 under DOS? It baffled many, and Paul soon became “the office computer expert” at the Coopers & Lybrand office in Nottingham.
Additionally, as a qualified teacher, Paul also spent a short time teaching ICT in UK state schools. He’s a database expert who originally (in the days before mySQL) used PERL with TXT files, and later moved on to using PHP and mySQL. Paul helps to run tech community events and is a regular face at BarCamps and Hackathons.
It will come as no surprise to you to learn that Proactive has a paperless office! We went totally paperless on 1 Jan 2008 and destroyed the last of our paper archives on 1 Jan 2014.
Technology is not the answer to everything. As Jim Collins wrote in “Good to Great”, it simply helps you achieve more things more effectively, and in less time. If you’re aiming to grow a profitable business, then mastery of your finances and of technology will help to get you there faster. That is what we’re good at! Proactive does all the normal accountancy stuff and will keep you onside with the Government, and (for an additional fee) we can show you how to make more profit in less time. Is that something you’d be interested in?
When we adopted the name Proactive, we wanted a name which encompassed sound, pragmatic accountancy work along with a bit of business coaching for a few, determined clients. Being proactive is all pervasive, and once you get the hang of being effective, efficient, consistent and persistent, it will change your life. Both your business life and your personal life! Sometimes Paul takes on speaking engagements, he’s spoken at dozens of events with Chambers of Commerce and the IoD and the like, and he has also featured on BBC Radio 4.
In his spare time Paul enjoys a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise, good fresh food, and stimulating foreign holidays. He completed his first marathon at 50 years of age, speaks five foreign languages (badly), enjoys cookery and plays acoustic guitar.
He can help you! You can call him on 020 3051 2462.