The business side of leisure

The business side of leisure

Howard Graham

Having been an accountant and consultant to the restaurant sector for more than 25 years, Howard has just become a director and a shareholder in a new restaurant called Wallace & Co in Putney – the name reflects that of his co-director and shareholder Gregg Wallace of Masterchef fame. Howard’s been a partner at Westbury Chartered Accountants since 1987, where his main area of expertise is financial and business development. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Faculty of Information Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and also holds the Financial Planning Certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute. He is also Chief Executive of the Made Simple Group, a leading online business services company in the SME sector providing services such as online company formation where his website forms more than 2,500 new companies per month. He is on the BBC’s panel of small business advisers and has regularly appeared on The Midas Touch panel at the Business Start Up Show with Dragons Peter Jones and Rachel Elnaugh. Other business interests include being a director and shareholder of a fruit and vegetable company, Secrets Direct, which supplies some of the top restaurants and hotels in the capital, a leisure goods operation and a property company.

The business side of leisure

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