A quick fire Q & A with the founder of Maitland Accountants, Andy Maitland.
Favourite thing about what you do – be honest?
Meeting new clients and getting involved with business start-ups.
Last meal you’d eat on a desert island?
Roast rib of beef, spuds, Yorkshire pud and all the trimmings (English mustard and horseradish sauce essential).
3 pieces of advice for a new business.
Always keep a rainy day fund as you never know what’s around the corner. Be flexible and adapt quickly to changes in the market utilising the latest technology. Always take professional advice by experts in their field.
Tell us something nobody knows about Andy Maitland?
On Tuesday afternoons from 5-6pm I am known as “The Cat” (my regular 5-a-side footy game at Moulsecoomb, Brighton where I attempt to play in goal!). I have played for 26 years and am still awaiting my first clean sheet.
What made you become an accountant?
The excitement (not!!). I drifted into it. Wasn’t ready to leave home after finishing school and getting a professional qualification of some kind seemed to be sensible to make up for the degree which may have come had I gone to Uni.
It was a tossup between Banking (yawn) and Accountancy. Accountancy won the day because where I was offered a job was a short 3-minute walk from home.
Why POMPEY and when did you fall in love with them?
Famous and proud history, league winners, cup winners, passionate loyal fans, amazing atmosphere. 1976 I started following them on local radio (Radio Solent) and then the following season attended my first game at Fratton Park in the old 4th Division (Now League 2). We lost 2-0 having been two goals down for most of the match. 20,000 fans made a noise that I had never heard at a game of football backing their team right until the final whistle. In truth the team were poor but I was hooked by the crazy fans and electric atmosphere. My Dad (bless him) who was not a big football fan had introduced me to Brighton & Hove Albion and the Goldstone ground when I was 7 and despite going to a lot of games and watching a relatively successful side (Mark Lawrenson, Peter Ward & Co) the support and atmosphere was poor and The Albion never did it for me. I’ve been following Pompey ever since through thick and thin. We’ve been to Wembley 5 times, won the FA Cup, won league 2, won the championship, won the old 3rd division and played in European football – its been fantastic. Best games attended – 2008 FA Cup Final, beating The Scum (Southampton worzels) 4-1 at Fratton and a 2-2 draw (having been 2 up with 3 minutes to go) with AC Milan.
Favourite place to visit?
St. Mawes, Cornwall.
Person you’d most like to meet and why.
Kanu, Pompey’s FA Cup winning scorer in the 2008 final.
Most valued asset
That’s tricky! Either my PFC Season Ticket or Preston Response M90 fishing pole!
What are your plans for the future?
To have more leisure time and to spend it with close family and friends.
Advice for aspiring accountants!
Get your professional qualification and your hard work will provide you with opportunities throughout your life.