G2 Accounting is the work of brothers Dave and Al Giffard. The boys grew up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria, but the thought of genuine hard work pushed them in the direction of business instead; and somewhere along that path, G2 was born.
Right from the start, we’ve had a super-keen focus on using the best tech available, and automating anything that moves. We were super-early onto the Xero bandwagon, and we still spend a good portion of any given week trying to find better ways of doing things.
But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’ve had to poach some of the finest accountants and admin staff going around, to come up with the perfect ‘A Team’ of awesome accountants.
We worked hard to poach Prue from a much larger firm in Bendigo, and no, you can’t have her back. If we’re honest, Prue probably does most of the actual real work in the office – but don’t tell her that.
Ray’s wasn’t at our photo shoot… but perhaps more importantly, he’s a former bar manager which – lets be honest – is the main reason we hired him. Nothing like having a professionally-poured pint to help us celebrate on Friday afternoons! Ray’s a massive cricket fan and says he goes for Manchester United, although he doesn’t say it very loudly these days.
Dean wasn’t at our photo shoot either… He’s our new(ish) recruit. Dean’s pretty handy with tech and is one of those weirdos that gets up at 4am or 5am to see the latest Apple releases. He also prepares tax returns on a Mac, which probably makes the ATO immediately suspicious; but so far he’s got a surprisingly good track record.
We know our office runs seamlessly, and Kara is the one who takes credit for it. And she’s probably right. So if you drop the ball and don’t get your tax return declarations back to us, Kara will be the one on your case…
Al’s the younger and more attractive of the “G2” brothers – and he also knows how to do websites. He used to be a hot-shot ATO executive – and his foolishness in throwing all that away to join the ‘dark side’ of private practice should tell you all you need to know about his judgment skills. His days now are split between practice-managing and advising clients how to market themselves better… and keeping the ATO off their backs!
David is a pretty ordinary human… and, importantly, doesn’t know much about how to change websites, like his brother does. It’s occasionally said that he is a pretty decent accountant, though. In 2010, a moment of madness led him to trade in a cushy desk job at a suburban firm, to start his own practice in Bendigo, regularly working 70 hour weeks for half the pay. He’s also a “Fellow” of CPA Australia, which sounds pretty sophisticated, even if none of us really know what that means.
For years we tried to do our own marketing and social media. And the results were – how do we say – less than optimal. That’s where Belinda comes in. She’s a gun at coming up with great content to keep our followers entertained; oh, and informed.