Garry Thickett

Director

What specialist skills do you offer your clients? As well as being a fully qualified accountant, I offer practical business skills and have particular experience of helping to turnaround struggling businesses.

How long have you worked at GT? As the business founder, I have worked here since its inception in 2006.

What were you doing before you joined? Before starting my own business, I was the finance director and part owner of an independent group with various business interests.

What have been your greatest professional achievements while you have been at GT? Having set-up and developed the accountancy practice, which now has over 200 clients, we have helped many new businesses to grow and become established. But I was particularly proud to help one client raise £0.5m investment to develop their business.

What's the best thing about working at GT? Being able to help clients reach their aims and objectives.

Proudest moment at GT? Appointing my first member of staff.

What reasons would you give other people for joining? It’s a great place to develop a wide range of skills in a friendly and hard-working team.

What is the main reason you would give someone for working with GT? We can explain the essential numbers of your business in a language you understand easily.

What drives you to achieve great results for GT clients? Ultimately, the more successful our clients are the more successful we will be – so it benefits everyone involved to do the best we possibly can at all times.

What advice would you give someone aspiring to be a successful business owner? Build a great team around you.

Family life details? I am married to Mandy and we have two daughters, Natalie and Sophie, and two grandchildren called Isaac and Georgie.

What's playing in your car right now? Radio4, The Beatles and Elvis Costello.

Who would you most like to meet and why? Jack Nicklaus because in my opinion he is the greatest golfer and sportsman that has ever lived.

If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you most like to tell your younger self? Just because your ideas might not be the norm it doesn’t mean they are bad ideas – believe in yourself and have faith.

What's your claim to fame? I once did a ten-minute stand-up comedy routine for charity to an audience of over 200 people and I have also been lucky enough to meet Princess Anne.

What are your pet hates? Bad manners and lack of consideration for others.

Who is your role model? My dad, who taught me all about the values of having a strong work ethic.

How would you describe yourself in 5 words? Caring, generous, pragmatic, driven, determined.

Name your favourite musical artist, food, film, book and TV show? I like lots of different music but I currently like One Republic and Ed Sheeran. Ghirardellis ice cream! The DVD of the 2002 Ryder Cup. Any Agatha Christie novel and Broadchurch is a bit of a TV favourite.

What are your most overused words or phrases? Don’t worry, things will be okay.

How long could you live without your smartphone? Probably a couple of days.

If you could only take 3 things to a desert island, what would they be and why? Our photo albums with all the pictures of my family growing up. A solar powered music system so I would always have music to listen to and a bible for some spiritual sustenance.