10 In10: Simon Young Of Leeds-based Aysgarth Chartered Accountants
Paige Catton, Features Writer
In this new and exclusive feature for The Yorkshire Times, we put a regional business professional in the hot seat and give them 10 minutes to answer our 10 burning questions. Here, we hear from Simon Young, Senior Partner at Leeds-based Aysgarth Chartered Accountants.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
Every day is different, but I usually start with some admin and then move on to helping clients for the rest of the day.
What makes your company special?
We have a good relationship with our clients – they are more like friends than customers and they know we are always working for their best interests.
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
My golden business rule is to treat clients the way you would like to be treated. I also tell customers that they can ask me any question they want, no matter how stupid they think it may be – if something is worrying you, it’s always better to seek out answers than to suffer in silence.
Do you dress up or down for work?
Dress up. I always wear a suit but never a tie – professional but approachable.
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and don’t be burdened by the negative things people say or the difficult stuff that life throws at you.
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
Cycling up the Cow and Calf in Ilkley.
How do you prefer to travel for business?
Usually it would be by car.
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
At the top of a Yorkshire hill – for a well-earned rest, having cycled up it!
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
I don’t have just one favourite as I like to try new places – however I do prefer independent cafés and restaurants to the chains. I enjoy tasting different dishes, but you can’t beat a good pork roast with crackling, apple sauce and roast potatoes.
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
This is the hardest question to answer. I miss so much when I’m away from home, but the main thing would be the people – namely my family and friends.
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10 In10: Simon Young Of Leeds-based Aysgarth Chartered Accountants, 6th April 2018, 19:17 PM