Tom Elsbury joins the OC team.

And talks about extreme sports and being an accountant…

When I finished my sixth form studies in June 2012 I had a brief idea that I wanted to enter the accountancy industry, although I was well aware that I didn’t want to become the stereotypical accountant…boring! Then, in September 2012 I discovered Optimal Compliance and saw a future staring back at me.

When I get up in the morning and put on a hoodie and jeans you may think I’m either unemployed or it’s the weekend, in fact I’m actually getting ready to go to work – bizarre right?! This is one example of how OC isn’t your usual professional services business, it doesn’t follow the crowd. It has its own perspective, its own opinion and this was really attractive to me. One of the many beautiful things about joining OC is seeing owner managed businesses benefit from our structures and models and watching them grow. I feel a part of a close knit family, which has the client as the priority, and goes the extra distance to give them a hand up after ‘bureaucracy’ has shoved them down. The brains and intellect behind our restructuring is magnificent, with everyone in the team coming together as one to create really effective and efficient structures that really make a difference to peoples’ businesses.

I am a keen sportsman and Optimal Compliance gives me the opportunity to work alongside sport, allowing me to make commitments to rugby and tennis, as well as having a social life – always a bonus! The anticipation of what Optimal Compliance will one day become is an amazing prospect and I am glad to say I will be a part of it….

I am also trying to get the whole team to do a parachute jump for charity…watch this space…

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Ben’s been here pretty much since the get-go and, as such, has been instrumental in growing the business into what it is today.
He’s passionate about, in his words, ‘helping people and businesses that are just constantly being taken advantage of’ by providing affordable advice and support with an eye to ‘levelling the playing field’.
Ben looks forward to the day when automation will, once and for all, fumigate the fear and confusion caused by oppressive bureaucracy and strongly believes that ‘technology holds the solutions to the problems we’re trying to solve’.
Furthermore, he can see that technology will, in time, provide the scalability required to help a theoretically limitless number of SMEs survive and thrive against the odds.
Ben doesn’t think much of government agencies and he doesn’t suffer fools; two points that aren’t always mutually exclusive.