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Frank Short

pro Member - BRISTOL : CLIFTON

Great Elm Bookkeepers

Great Elm exists to provide the comforting arm of support around the shoulders of the owner managed businesses in the South West by providing them, through its local hubs, with the financial information that they need to ensure that they have the means to make rational decisions that will enable their businesses to thrive and develop within their local communities.

A bit about me...

Hi, I’m Frank Short.

I set up Great Elm Management Services in 2004 to help businesses keep control of their finances and improve profitability, which was the fore runner to Great Elm Bookkeepers, established in 2014.

The approach that I insist businesses deserve is:

  • Provision of information at the right time to help you make informed business decisions;

  • Using that information to build a credible and adaptable business plan that can be used as a springboard for future development; and

  • Managing time and resources effectively so you don’t necessarily have to spend all your waking hours in your business.

I have over forty five years of experience as an accountant at various levels. I trained with a London firm of Chartered Accountants and worked in the accounting profession for over eight years, dealing in the main with small family businesses. After leaving the profession I worked in a number of industries as an accountant, including a recruitment agency, a civil engineering company and an engineering consultancy. In 1985 I was appointed as the European Controller for a major US manufacturer, managing a team of accountants and bookkeepers in three European countries. I went on subsequently to fulfil similar roles in two other US manufacturing companies.

I became increasingly interested in business strategy and 1998 I was awarded an MBA from the University of Reading.

In setting up Great Elm, I was keen to provide small business owners with the financial disciplines and accounting information only usually found with major businesses, giving them an advantage over their competition.

For many years I served on the committee of the Yeovil and Mendip branch of the Federation of Small Business and was the Chair of that committee for over four years, and so I understand the problems faced by small businesses.

I am passionate about education and was Chair of Governors at a local primary school. I believe in lifelong learning and everybody in Great Elm receives regular, comprehensive training to further their own development.

Outside of business, I enjoy sport: I was for many years a hockey umpire and coach.

I am a foodie, love shopping for, cooking it and eating it!