1. What does your business do?

We are a small chain of children’s day nurseries, employing around 95 members of staff.

Portico is a family run business based around traditional values, but we embrace technology throughout our business. We are 10 years old and have grown from 1 nursery to 7 nurseries in that time. Our plans are to continue steady, manageable growth whilst delivering quality childcare.

2. Why did you invest in Clear Books?

I think the product is fantastic, innovative, timesaving and certainly the way forward for software. I’m hoping that the company will go on to be rival with the really large .coms and my tiny shareholding will be worth something substantial.

3. Clear Books is asking its customers to co-own the business. What do you think?

I am unsure as to what you see as the real long-term benefit for the company, but as a way of fundraising , I think it is a great idea.

4. What do you like best about Clear Books?

I just love cloud based software, it gives me real freedom without the IT headaches. I love the company’s innovative, youthful approach to everything it does.

5. Shares bought?

150.

Website: www.portico.biz

Posted by Tim Fouracre

Tim founded Clear Books in 2008. Like many small business owners he worked from home for 15 months to get his startup off the ground. Today Tim enjoys helping Clear Books, its customers and its growing team innovate and achieve. Tim did his GCE O Levels in Ghana.

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