10 In 10. Danny McAllister, Director At Simpson Wood
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 Danny McAllister, Director at Huddersfield-based chartered accountants Simpson Wood.
What does a typical working day for you involve?
Mostly working with clients, on the phone or in person. Meetings can be at our office or wherever our customers are – whether that’s a farm or a quarry! I’ll be answering their questions on tax matters or offering business advice, as well as attending to in-house matters such as marketing, IT or HR.
What makes your company special?
We have a great team that can offer a real spread of expertise, providing a one-stop service for our clients’ business requirements. That includes everything from starting up a company, to running it successfully, then selling it – as well as handling personal tax affairs, financial advice and wills. Being able to cover all of this in one place saves our clients time and money.
Do you have any business rules that you swear by?
I treat everyone fairly and equally whether they are the managing director or an apprentice just starting out. I also believe in integrity and not overpromising. I would rather tell someone I will do a piece of work within four weeks and deliver in three, than to try to complete it in a fortnight and run over.
Do you dress up or down for work?
I dress up – though I will sometimes loosen my top button and take off my tie! Our dress code here is smart, or smart casual. We like to look and feel professional – and keep our jeans for the weekend!
What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and your business because if you don’t, nobody else will.
What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?
The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield is hard to beat for an event – networking with other local businesses or having meetings, all in view of the hallowed Huddersfield Town turf! There’s such a buzz about the place at the moment, you feel like you’re winning from the moment you arrive.
How do you prefer to travel for business?
I like to drive around in my Volvo XC60 to see clients relatively locally, to get away from my computer screen and usually use the time to make hands-free calls or just listen to music. I do take the train to London but I prefer to be out and about in my car – that way I can sing along without offending anyone!
What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?
I love the Yorkshire Dales – Pateley Bridge is a favourite spot. It’s so picturesque, peaceful and quiet. Alternatively, it’s just nice to unwind at home with the family. I have a 12-year-old and a toddler, so we have a lot of fun.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?
Volare Mediterranean Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, is a hidden gem. It’s been there over 20 years. My absolute favourite is the prawn sagnaki, an amazing Greek dish.
What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?
The rolling hills and drystone walls – all within a few minutes’ drive of our towns. And also watching Huddersfield Town – we have season tickets for 2018/9 and I can’t wait!