By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

We are Accounting Pro Ireland and we offer accounting services for contractors, startups & SMBs offering Umbrella PAYE, Limited companies & general accounting, tax & payroll services. Just like you have software as a service we offer accountancy as a service and can allow outsourcing of finance related tasks for the individual or company. It’s a pay as you go, low cost, high quality, and personal service – everything the busy contractor, SMB and Startup needs from an accounting provider.

How are you different?

We are uniquely placed as, as a former contractor with many years experience at home and abroad, I know what it is like to work in the field – I have used Umbrella services both home and abroad, I know the challenges and coupled with the fact that I know the market and as a former business analyst we have been able to build a product and a service based on the requirements of contractors and what they need from their Umbrella service. As well as that, we have priced the product at a very competitive rate (lowest in the national market) while not compromising on quality and a personal service model. We also supply alot of free add-ons like mortgage advice, pension and health care advice. We also help with banking, insurance and any other relevant areas we can help with.

Why will the company/product do well?

It is structured to put the customer, the Contractor/startup first in terms of what it provides. It is a low cost, high quality and personal service.

Where are you based?

We have an office in Cork, I have a home office in Limerick (which helps as we have a 2 year old, my partner has her own business and we have another baby due  in 2 weeks) and we have an office in London.

When was the company launched?

November 2016.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

We have won the national contract for a global resourcing company – beating all the long established competitors in the tender process. We have also been winning contractor business from existing providers. We have taken on startups and are helping them with their accounting and payroll needs – it is very exciting to be able to help them out especially tech startups. Finally, we have started Accounting Pro UK and we are started to take on clients there.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

Contractors/freelancer, startups and SMBs primarily in the IT space but also in the pharma, banking, medical industries etc.

What tips would you give to others looking to build their business?

Do your research, meet other business in the area (if you can) and understand your market and make sure you provide what they need as opposed to what you want to provide.

Tell us about your team?

We have a team in Ireland and the UK. The Irish team is made up of IT, accounts, payroll, new business and social media. The UK team is Accounts and Admin. The team is Dan Sophie in the UK with their support team – myself, Mike, Damien, Jack and our support team in Ireland.

What are your long term plans for your product/company?

We plan to build out in Ireland 2017/2018 and take 10% of the market, build out the UK business in 2019 and then look to expand in other markets thereafter.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

I am old school – my favourite tech gadget was a Palm Pilot I got in the US in 2000. I loved it!! I gave it to a pal eventually who used it to run diagnostics on his Japanese super car import.

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

JP Morgan’s automated bot division – it automates alot of admin related functions – it would be so useful.

Anything else you’d like to add/we should have asked?

What drives you to do this?

I had a vision to provide a service in a market that I knew there was a lot of dissatisfaction in – people wanted a service that meets their needs – that’s a low cost, high quality and personal service. I am passionate about trying to help people out and determined that Accounting Pro will make a positive difference to their working lives.

Other question – what is the cost? We have the lowest fees in the market – 90 euros for a PAYE Umbrella and 130 for a private Limited company.

How do people get in touch with you?

You can call Accounting Pro Ireland on (061) 518264 and email [email protected] and contact our London office on (0044) 20 7947 4396
and [email protected] our websites are www.accounting-pro.ie & www.accounting-pro.co.uk


If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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