A Unique Interview...

Issue 81

JON DUDGEON Co-Founder and CFO, Blusky

How did you get in to accountancy?

I started as a trainee auditor with a big four accountancy practice called Arthur Andersen in 1998, a year after I completed a degree in Business Economics. The role was attractive as it allowed me to study to become chartered accountant, whilst working on some big plc clients out of the Leeds office. The salary of £16.5k was pretty decent as well.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by positive people who want to grow themselves, those around them, whilst doing the right thing.

What advice would you give to anyone interested in getting into accountancy?

Go for it with your eyes open! The profession is a great place to learn the practical and commercial skills that are key to building a career in business. Its not about being good at maths though, in fact technology does all of that for you. My view it is all about a combination of problem solving, interpretating data, to help make business decisions to day and into the future. You have to be a great people person as well.

What is your favourite part of your job?

Seeing and helping my team and my clients grow and support them to the best of my ability in whatever it is they have set out todo.

What has been your most memorable moment todate relating to your business journey?

There are so many!! What really sticks out in my mind though is when I made the decision to leave my last role as an employee and start the journey of starting a partnership to build an accountancy practice, Blu Sky, from the ground up. It was a massive and daunting decision at the time. 100% the right one though.

What are your favourite magazines?

Cyclist, Mojo, National Geographic and Time magazine.

What’s the future hold for Jon Dudgeon?

Striving to maintain the right balance between my family, Blu Sky and my own development. In other words watch this space.

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