Name, title & company name
Gabrielle S.E. Oh, Managing Director, Safari Kid UK Ltd.
In five words or fewer, tell us what your business does?
International Kindergarten and Nursery.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love the flexibility. I’m in charge of my own schedule, which means that I can work to a rhythm that feels most natural to me and be as productive as possible. As a franchisee, I have access to great support from the corporate team, so I’m able to push the boundaries without feeling like I’m on my own.
And the worst?
My days are rarely the same and things will often crop up that take me away from the day-to-day tasks. As much as this can be quite unpredictable, I find it rather exciting.
Why did you choose KPMG Small Business Accounting?
I was introduced to the service at a National Day Nurseries Association member event. As a small business, we are quite cost conscious, but needed a service that could match our trajectory for growth. While there was a great introductory member offer, I wanted to have access to the breadth of expertise a firm such as KPMG can offer and the credibility of having such high calibre advisors.
How has KPMG Small Business Accounting and your dedicated KPMG accountant helped you?
My dedicated accountant is incredibly responsive. Being able to reach them throughout the day by phone or email is extremely helpful. I’m always given useful advice and guidance as it pertains to my business finances, and where my queries are outside of that realm, my accountant is always happy to point me in the right direction. I also use the company secretarial service and my account manager is equally helpful, very detailed oriented and communicative.
Who do you most admire in business?
I’ve always found social enterprises to be a great source of inspiration. To me they strike the right balance between protecting the greater good, while being commercially sensitive.
If you could give one piece of advice to small business owners, what would it be?
I think as a small business owner it is important to be resilient. You’re likely to face many hurdles and obstacles, and sometimes make mistakes. What’s really important is how quickly you bounce back and learn from these lessons.
What’s next for your business?
As a new entrant and quite early on in our journey, the focus for now will be on establishing the highest quality provision of early childhood education and childcare. Our medium-term strategy will involve growing from a small to medium sized business. At that point assistance with structuring, tax and the payroll implications that come with the territory will be key.
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