'Cash flow is an issue -- we're not being paid as quickly as before'
Over the last 40 years the McAllister family motor business has gone from being a small petrol station in Malahide village into a VW dealership in Swords employing 20.
• what's your own background?
I am a science graduate with a PhD in Chemistry. When our second daughter was born I opted out of paid employment, but it was not long before I became involved with the garage business.
I have been fortunate in being able to combine family and work.
• what's the toughest part of your job?
The most difficult part at the moment is managing cash-flow. After four years of the downturn in the economy I am finding that we are not being paid as quickly as previously.
• are you a car person?
Definitely. I became involved in motor sport at 19 and became a navigator at local, national and international events. I stopped when I had my first child but Richard and I now compete in classic car rallies. We have competed throughout Europe and the Middle East in our 1965 Volvo Amazon.
• what would be your perfect car?
Richard has a project to give me my dream car. He has been restoring a 1964 Porsche 356 which we imported from the US.
• if you could work in another industry, what would it be?
I still have an interest in science, but I would have too much catching up to do to be useful.
• what are your customers looking for at the moment?
A good price, reliability and good resale values.
• what's your typical day?
It starts with checking bank statements, dealing with any emails and downloading invoices for cars from the VW site. I will then do up a lodgment. Then there's car sales invoices to process and purchase documents to enter. I do payroll once a week and monthly management accounts will take a few days to prepare.
In between times I enjoy a few games of spider solitaire or freecell. Sad.