Paul is passionate about helping businesses to grow and the use of technology. Having set up two accountancy practices in the last twenty five years he is fully aware of the demands of starting a business.
Paul’s entrepreneurial flair first became evident when at the age of 11 he started collecting stray golf balls and selling them back to golfers! After struggling to knuckle down at school Paul went to work in a paint factory. It was here that he had his “epiphany” and realised he wanted to be an accountant. He then worked tirelessly to achieve his goal. He started work in a local company as a trainee management accountant under the Youth Train Scheme.
After five years working in industry Paul left to work in a partnership, Parker and Donno. It was not long before he moved on to have his practice, Paul Donno & Co Ltd. It was at this time that Paul developed strong relationships with Sage UK, who, at that time, were dominating the market with their accounting software.
A firm advocate of technology, Paul was keen to move away from the traditional accounting approach and develop the emerging online model of accounting. He became a product champion for Sage’s new online product offering, Sage One. In 2011 Paul decided to merge with another firm to help maximise the advantage that the transition to online accounting would offer. Unfortunately this merger did not work out. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and in December 2013, Paul and his wife Jenni, established 1 Accounts Online Ltd.
As 1 Accounts Online Ltd has gone from strength to strength Paul has been acknowledged as a “thought leader” for online accounting. He has had the opportunity to speak at a Sage Summit in New Orleans and at events in Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid and London.
Paul is licenced by the AAT to operate a practice and in 2017 was awarded highly commended as a licenced practitioner.
What Paul Likes:
Paul loves rugby and takes any opportunity to upset football fans. He enjoys taking pictures with his camera, and then showing everyone his photos. He also loves to unwind with a glass of red wine at the weekend. You will often see him having fun with friends and family in the local watering hole, Nine Jars.