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Andrew brings over 30 years’ experience working with many best-selling authors and household names in the media world, as well as talented creatives in the early phase of their careers. No matter what stage a client is at, his goal is always to make a significant contribution to their financial security and prosperity by minimising their tax liability.
Andrew shares his career highlights – including a special contribution to Levi Roots book “You can get it if you really want”, the best advice he ever received and his passion for crime fiction!
How would you describe your role in three words? Leader, Networker, Inspirational
Favourite thing about your role? The variety of interesting diverse clients – no two days are the same!
What is your career highlight? Being asked to write a chapter in Levi Roots book – “you can get it if you really want” about financial matters
Best industry event? “Bloody Scotland” which is a Crimewriting Festival in Stirling
Most interesting company no one has ever heard of?
Our client, Wagonex Ltd – an interesting car subscription platform, regarded as a top competitor to market leader, Cazoo.
What area do you currently specialise in? Tell us what your work involves.
I head up our industry leading Authors and Journalists division – we work with over 400 writers in widely varying specialities and many other creatives such as Vloggers, Social Media Influencers, Actors and Musicians. Our team looks after all their aspects of their finance including advising what they should spend their money on and to save for unexpected matters!
Tell us about some of the top trends you have been following in the past year – is there something that businesses should be aware of?
Self-publishing has been growing fast with increasing publicity on social media, with many writers going on training courses and increasing turnover substantially from online book sales.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learned working with clients through Covid-19?
Cash is king and clients have to adapt to change, don’t rest on your laurels.
What is one piece of advice you would give to clients at the moment?
Remember your tax bill – I deal with a lot of self-employed individuals who need to budget for future tax liabilities so not spending all their income without considering the consequences.
What are your goals for your area of the business over the next 12 months?
As the industry is opening up I am very excited to be asked to consider going back to live events, a large number of which we sponsor. It’s great to be out in “the real world” connecting and speaking to so many talented clients and creatives.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Never be afraid to ask for and then listen to and act upon advice others are giving you. Never assume you know everything!
Outside of work, what would you be doing?
I am a level one football coach so manage an under 16 football team (I have done this for the last 7 seven years all the way from under 8 upwards) who play in a competitive environment on a Sunday. I also like watching my two boys play cricket for their local team. Alternatively finding me knee deep in a good crime novel – preferably written by a client!
Get in touch with Andrew for any queries or if there is anything we can do to support you and your own circumstances.