Val Wishart


Company:  Beyond the Numbers Ltd

Job title:  Owner

Where are you from?  Edinburgh

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What made you decide to start your own business?

As I had gained a lot of experience in working in both large multinational and small businesses, I wanted to be able to pass that knowledge and experience on to business owners. I wanted to set up an accountancy firm that focused firmly on helping business owners achieve their goals rather than just crunching numbers for them. Having my own business allows me to shape this advice and help in the best way for our clients without having to answer to anyone else and without having to go along with fixed mindsets that might hamper progress.

What’s been your biggest success in business to date?

Creating Beyond the Numbers from scratch, without “buying” clients, without funding and without any prior knowledge of what an accountancy firm should look like. Despite the naysayers who said this was just a lifestyle business and really just a job for me, the firm has grown in strength and numbers and is now working with amazing clients helping them to achieve amazing results with their own businesses and I am very proud of that.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever been given?

Never stop learning – from books, from people who inspire you and from every day experiences

Which entrepreneur inspires you the most?

Anita Roddick.  She created a successful and innovative brand starting from scratch whilst remaining true to her ethical beliefs and used her influence to great charitable work so she really gave back to the world.

Which 3 qualities do you think are most important to have as an entrepreneur?



Relentless determination

What business tool could you not live without?


Why are you an Ambassador for WeDO?

WeDo is unique in my eyes as it’s a supportive environment of business people who really do want to help each other. WeDo promotes exactly the kind of networking which is natural to me as it is all about making great relationships. I really believe that the business community is richer for the presence of such a network and that the members can get a lot out of it if they participate!


  • Location: Edinburgh