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Simon Dent

Simon Dent has over 40 years’ experience in accountancy and is the managing director and founder of Riverside Financial Consultancy Ltd..

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in 1985 which he left in 1987, Simon initially specialised in providing services to the entertainment sector. As things evolved, he soon broadened into other business sectors such as theatrical production, international tour merchandising, restaurants and property development. In 1998 Riverside was created after having established the embryo of the business as a self-employed accountant for the first 11 years.

Having always enjoyed helping with new business start-ups, the opportunities to assist existing businesses become more efficient by a hands-on approach and structuring was the natural way to grow.

This approach saved client’s considerable amounts of money over the years.

Consequently Riverside developed naturally and the ‘holistic’ approach to the accounting function was the key.

Over the years Simon has worked with over 1,000 businesses through the complexities of start-up and on-going situations. His working experience has touched upon almost every area of accountancy and taxation affecting small businesses and individuals.

Outside his work Simon spends time with his family and friends, has three children now all adults and enjoys playing the piano as his past time. Theatre, opera and the arts are very much enjoyed from time to time as is the occasional round of golf.

Edward Ho

Edward started with Riverside in 2008 where he qualified as Chartered Certified Accountant in in 2013.

After passing his Batchelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Finance with first class honours, he spent several years gaining hands-on business and managerial experience running branches of a large restaurant chain.

Having already embarked on his training with the ACCA under his own steam, he made the decision to commit fully to accountancy once the opportunity arose, and took to it like a duck to water.

Since 2012 he has grown into the senior management position in Riverside with daily responsibility for the work flow and staff management as well being a primary contact for clients.

Edward enjoys keeping fit and running. Outside work he is a keen skier and squash player.

Gaetano De Luca

Gaetano joined Riverside on March 2018. He has three years’ accounting experience in bookkeeping whilst living in Italy and he came to the UK to further his career and Accounting knowledge.

He studied with AAT in London up to level 4, where he qualified with Merit, and he is proficient with different accounting tools such as Sage 50, QuickBooks, Excel and Xero.

He is currently studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA.

Outside work, Gaetano enjoys travelling and hiking along with more relaxing activities such as reading and creating dioramas. He was also a karate referee, with a 3rd Dan Black Belt qualification.