Meet the MD: Steve Hale
PUBLISHED: 18:17 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 18:17 21 August 2015
On heading up Perrys Accountants in Orpington, early mornings and a new-found love of Disney.
Tell us a bit about you
I have lived in Kent for most of my life, most recently in the beautiful village of Leigh, near Tonbridge, with my wife, Rachael and our two sons, Alex 11 and Ben nine.
I love living in Kent, being able to enjoy the many opportunities that the county has to offer but also being so close to London and to the continent. What more can anyone want?
What’s new At Perrys?
Perrys is continuing to grow into local areas. Three years ago we opened our new office in Orpington, which is where I’m based and, more recently, moved a branch from Snodland to the Medway City Estate. The new office has a cracking view of the river, as well as Rochester Castle and the Cathedral. We’ve also recently been accepted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to carry out probate work and the preparation of Wills to complement our Inheritance Tax advice.
Benjamin Franklin said “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” and now we can deal sympathetically with the former and reduce the burden of the latter.
Is business good?
Business is great. Our core area of expertise is bringing support to owner-managed businesses and the south east has more than its fair share of forward-thinking entrepreneurs. With all the compliance work, tax planning, the sale or acquisition of businesses and general financial advice, there is rarely a dull moment!
You support our Food and Drink Awards: tell us why
I am really looking forward to being a judge again for the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink Awards. It is important to recognise quality, whether in a product or a service.
Kent is not known as the Garden of England for nothing and these awards go a long way in bringing recognition to hardworking business owners and their staff.
I am also delighted that Perrys is sponsoring the Awards again. This time, we have chosen Food Producer of the Year, a category that celebrates the county’s local food producers.
The judges will be looking for someone who provides both quality local produce, as well as excellent customer service.
Do you work long hours?
I am a morning person and am often at my desk before 6am. Some people may say that I work a few more hours than I should! That is possible, but when you are doing something you really enjoy, it’s difficult not to. However, I make sure that I get to the boys’ school events, whether it be sports day, open classroom afternoons or school performances.
Any holiday plans?
At Easter, we went to Orlando, Florida. This was a new experience for us all and was definitely going to be a one-off. Theme parks, Disney and the like were not high on my list of ‘must do’s’ but I have to say that I loved every minute of it and have already started saving for the next one!
As a result, we are not away this summer but we hope to visit the newly reopened Dreamland, in Margate during the holidays.
For me, this will bring back great memories of going on family holidays to Cliftonville, when I was younger than the boys are now.
Favourite Kent places?
Being married to a history enthusiast (see pages 25-27 and 30-31), we spend a lot of time around Kent’s museums, houses and gardens and even though I celebrated a ‘big’ birthday this year, I have to explain to Alex and Ben there are some exhibits even I don’t remember! w