Next up in our #MeettheMembers series is Conall Dunne. Following a career managing the finances of large organisations, including Price Waterhouse Coopers, Foyle Food Group, and Linden Foods, Conall set up his own practice, Conall Dunne & Company Chartered Accountants in 2018. A graduate of Queens University Belfast and University of Ulster, Conall also recently set up “Easy Customs” to help businesses and individuals manage the new customs’ procedures around Brexit.
Tell us a little bit about your business?
We are a firm of Chartered Accountants, but we aim to be more than just a firm who keeps you compliant. We want to add value to our clients; cloud accounting is one vehicle to help us do this as it allows us assess information in real time.
How long have you been a member of DBN? And how has membership benefitted your business?
I became a member at the start of 2019 and have found membership extremely beneficial. Getting referrals is obviously a great benefit for any business, but another advantage is efficiency. When I need something done quickly, then I can usually find the skills within the group; this saves time, and you know they will do a good job. The group also gets you thinking proactively for your business, for example you might see something that has worked for another DBN business member that can be successfully applied to your business. Members are only too happy to share their experiences and it’s to the benefit of all businesses within the group.
Would you say that DBN has contributed to your bottom line? And why do you think networking is important?
Yes absolutely. I would estimate that 20% of turnover is DBN related and regarding
networking, it helps forge relationships and in essence that is what business is all about.
What is your favourite thing about running a business in Donegal?
The work/life balance. Donegal is a great place to live and work.
You recently set up Easy Customs. Tell us a bit about that?
Yes, we set up Easy Customs to help businesses and individuals manage the new customs’ procedures around Brexit. It is run by my colleague Clare McEldowney, a qualified Supply Chain and Customs Manager, with over 20 years’ executive management experience across several blue-chip organisations both in Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. We help businesses deal with imports, exports and customs by identifying key issues affecting businesses, including how to avoid customs’ delays due to incorrect or inaccurate declarations when dealing with UK
Are there any podcasts / business books that you recommend?
Podcast: David McWilliams
Book: “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
For more information on Conall Dunne & Company Chartered Accountants Ltd,
visit www.dunneaccountants.com or call 074 91 66010. For more information on Easy Customs, visit www.easycustoms.ie