After being a chef for what seemed like forever, I decided I needed a change.
I was constantly left feeling unfulfilled and my wife and I were like passing ships with the hours I was working. Even in managerial positions, I was constantly feeling overworked and burdened with tasks that I really didn't want to do. What I did enjoy though, was paperwork and accounting - the things that most hospitality business owners and managers actively try to avoid (after all, you didn't set out to run an accountancy practice!)
I quickly discovered that my appreciation for paperwork and numbers was far more valuable than I thought - I was able to save the companies that I was working for hundreds of thousands of pounds by digging through numbers and uncovering inefficiencies that I knew how to fix. So I traded in my knives and apron for spreadsheets and a laptop and I'm now getting so much satisfaction out of helping businesses with my niche and expert knowledge of the hospitality industry.
I founded Evans & Co to present a professional name that reflects the experience that I've gained over the years. However, my 'firm' is me and my wife. I am a husband and father first and foremost. I have personally experienced how much blood, sweat, and tears that goes into building and running a business and I know how tough it can be to filter out all the snake oil when there's just so much out there.