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Partner Profile – Paul Woosey, CBW

24th October 2013

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Paul Woosey joined CBW in 1999, after working at a number of firms in the North West. He became a partner in 2006.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Is there anything you DON’T like about your job?

I like talking to my clients more than anything else. I enjoy helping them solve problems and issues that worry them – I see myself as more of a corporate problem solver than an accountant and auditor. My least favourite aspect of the job is having to read audit files.

What was your first job? Where else did you work before your present firm?

My first job was as a trainee accountant at a haulage company on the middle of a horrible industrial estate in Middleton, Greater Manchester, which I got through the Youth Training Scheme (YTS). There, I did all the things that trainee accountants do, such as ordering the stationery, making the tea and doing the filing. After two years, I went into practice and did my training contract with a small firm in Rochdale, where I worked with owner-managed businesses. This firm merged with a larger one a few years later and continued to work for them until I qualified. I then moved to a larger firm in Manchester, where I gained experience of working with bigger clients, before making the jump to an even bigger firm with 13 offices across the North West. In 1999, I moved down to London to join CBW.

Why did you decide to become an accountant?

I left school at 16 with no idea what I wanted to do. My mum told me I wasn’t just going to sit at home all day, so I ended up speaking to a YTS careers adviser who asked me if I wanted to work indoors or outdoors. I looked out of the window and saw that it was raining, so I replied ‘indoors’. The careers adviser then told me she had two indoor jobs – one in accounting and one in marketing, so I chose accountancy.

Do you have a particular area of expertise? What would you say your strengths are?

My expertise lies in advising owner-managed businesses, particularly second and third-generation family businesses. I also head up CBW’s not-for-profit and charities team and also act as a trustee for a local charity in my spare time. I would say my strength is being able to talk to people in a language they understand. I like to keep things simple.

What is your greatest professional achievement?

Being part of the management team at CBW that won the Mid-Tier Firm Award at the British Accountancy Awards in 2011.

What do you hope to achieve in the year ahead?

To continue advising clients through these difficult times and making sure they are well positioned for the economic recovery that will hopefully come soon.

What hobbies or interests do you have outside of work? Any favourite holiday destinations?

I like to play golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. My favourite holiday destination is the French Alps, which I try to visit for skiing holidays two or three times a year. For summer holidays, anywhere hot where I can lie by the pool and not do very much.

If you were not an accountant, what other job would you do?

Either a professor of history or a police detective.

If you could go back in time and offer advice to yourself when you were just starting out in the profession, what would you say?

Try to enjoy yourself and believe in your own abilities. I think I spent too much time trying to prove myself, when I should have just got on with it and enjoyed it more.