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John Hannaway still loves working with clients after almost 40 years


John Hannaway has been an accountant for 37 years

John Hannaway has been an accountant for 37 years

John Hannaway has been an accountant for 37 years

After 37 years in the business, accountant John Hannaway says he still loves his work and dealing with clients. He set up Hannaway Chartered Accountants on Belfast's Ravenhill Road in 2013 after a long and distinguished career working for PwC in the city - 25 years of which was a partner in the top business consultancy firm.

Whereas some others may have been content to enjoy a well-earned retirement, John says he's still hungry for the job and wants to continue to grow his business.

"I simply love what I do and I love working and dealing with clients," says John, who was president of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2011.

"I have now a staff of five, including myself, which is great for a start-up - and I believe that the business will continue to grow over the years."

A large part of what John enjoys - and what he believes his clients really value from his firm - is the one-to-one service that he can give them. He is currently working with some of the top SMEs in Northern Ireland, including Devenish Nutrition and BA Components. His passion for his work has helped inspire three of his four children to follow a career in accountancy.

His son JJ (John James) is a CIMA qualified accountant who has joined him in his business, while his eldest daughter, Joanne Wong, also a chartered accountant, now runs Funtastic soft play business in Carryduff.

Daughter Sarah is a trainee accountant with KMPG, while daughter Emma has opted for a career in hospital administration.

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