Q&A with Paul Grant, Cofficient
First Published In Hillington Park – Parklife News – 17/04/2015
Paul Grant is a founding member and Director of Innovation Centre based company Cofficient. Now, he shares with us his story.
Q. What does your company do?
Cofficient is a business software partner for SAP and NetSuite, the world’s leading cloud ERP software companies. Our role is to implement the software into organisations and to configure it so that companies can get the best use out of it.
Q. What’s your role and what’s your average day like?
There is no such thing as a typical day, at Cofficient we thrive off the variety! As one of the founding partners and a director in the business, inevitably this means undertaking a number of roles. Business development features strongly as do the operational aspects of running the business, developing the team and naturally, managing the finances of the business. Currently, however, more than 50 per cent of my time is client facing and being involved in new systems implementations.
Q. How long have you been at Hillington Park and what do you like about being here?
Cofficient, in all its various guises, has been based in Hillington Innovation Centre since its conception over a decade ago. We moved to the office we are in now around five years ago. It’s close to motorway access points, the airport, and most of the Directors’ homes. There’s also a very collegial atmosphere despite the variety of businesses.
Q. What’s the best business advice you’ve received?
When I worked at Scottish Enterprise someone said that a good management team can turn something OK into something great and something great into something outstanding. Jim Collins backs this up in his book Good to Great: “If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could. I’d put off everything else to fill my bus. Because things are going to come back. My flywheel is going to start to turn. And the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people.”
Q. What’s been your proudest moment?
Seeing the business grow over the past five years has been tremendously rewarding. We have doubled our turnover every year for the last three years and 2015 looks set to improve upon that trend. When you have a clear vision of how to grow the company in breadth and depth, it is really rewarding to see that come to fruition – especially given amount of effort which has been applied from everyone in the business.
Q. What do you do to relax?
I don’t often relax and I tend to overdo it, even during evenings and the weekend. That said, my Saturdays are sacrosanct and I enjoy spending time with my family (I have three daughters) in Balquhidder where we have a wee place. I also enjoy playing sport with friends and I completed my tenth Glasgow half marathon last year whilst my Five Ferries Cycle Challenge is now in its ninth year.