Who Is Amanda Fairclough

Amanda Fairclough Associates represents the business dream of Amanda Fairclough.

Amanda is a qualified chartered accountant with over fifteen years’ experience in practice and in business. Born, raised and educated in the north west of England, she has strong links to the local business community.

To really get to know the woman behind the name, we decided to ask her twenty questions…

1. Can you give us your CV in a hundred words?

I graduated in physics at Manchester University then trained as a chartered accountant with a Liverpool firm. After qualifying I spent a further two years in practice before joining a national law firm as financial controller for its northern offices. A move into general management with an accountancy and statistical bureau was followed by a post as practice manager with a Manchester firm of solicitors. Having always dreamed of building my own business, in 2005 I recognised a gap in the North West business marketplace for quality, timely, and financially credible business advice. From this, Amanda Fairclough Associates was born.

2. When were you born?

Sunday, 18 February 1968, just as the clocks went forward for two and half years in an experiment with permanent summer time.

3. What are the three most challenging issues for small businesses today?

Cash flow, cash flow and cash flow.

4. What is your favourite colour?

Green, obviously…

5. What was your first job?

Assistant to a wedding photographer. I still don’t understand why people want to spend so long standing still on one of the most important days of their lives…

6. Who is your ideal client?

An ambitious entrepreneur, with a great business idea that they are passionate about and willing to invest time and energy in.

7. What’s your favourite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

8. What changes would you make to the UK tax system?

Where do I start…? Apart from the obvious need to simplify the system generally, I’d begin by abolishing Inheritance Tax – if there’s no taxation without representation why should dead people pay tax?

9. What would you like to drink?

Champagne if you have it, strong sugarless tea if you don’t.

10. Why build a business in the North West?

With the continued regeneration of Manchester, especially since the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and the anticipation about Liverpool’s reign as Capital of Culture in 2008 there’s no livelier to place to be in the UK. That energy is reflected by new businesses taking advantage of local skills and indigenous creativity. I’m proud that this is my home.

11. Who are your role models?

My maternal grandmother, Annie Stockley, who seized the day like no one else I’ve ever known, and my primary school head teacher, Mrs Bamforth – “We have only one school rule; think of others…”

12. What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

Always have a plan, and don’t be afraid to change it if it isn’t working.

13. What are your hobbies?

Theatre, tennis and playwriting.

14. How do you approach problems?

I tend to identify solutions by inspiration but implement them with reason and method. I also think that challenges, like stairs, are easier if you take them at a run.

15. Who would you most like to meet?

Whoever’s reading this right now… Or Roger Black… Whichever one calls first…

16. If you ran the country, what would you do differently?

I’d like to think I’d make decisions according to my conscience, for the greater good rather than for political gain, but all power has the potential to corrupt…

17. Where would you take your ideal holiday?

Relaxing in the western highlands of Scotland or playing tennis at La Manga in Spain.

18. How would your friends describe you?

Loyal, trustworthy and never knowingly outspoken… by anyone.

19. What do you believe in?

God, proper business planning and the power of positive thought.

20. What would you like your epitaph to be?

She did her best. Well, she really tried…

If you have any more burning questions for Amanda, please feel free to contact her.