About Julie Austen
Julie Austen has been bookkeeping for the past 26 years and also holds a level III certificate in computerised bookkeeping under the ICB. She is competent in both manual and computerised bookkeeping so whether you are a small company with the need of simple spreadsheets or a larger company requiring a fully computerised system she can help.
As a member of the ICB Julie is required to meet their high standards and she also holds a Diploma in Payroll Management under the ICB. In addition to these she is also a member of the very highly regarded Sage Accountants’ Club. Membership of this gives BiB the use of their very latest Sage accountancy programs along with their invaluable award winning Sage customer support.
Throughout her bookkeeping career Julie has worked within many different fields giving her an invaluable understanding of the requirements of many different types of businesses. Her clients have included those from Nursery (pre-school) providers, Engineering companies, The Legal profession, Marketing and many from within the Building trade.
Prior to her bookkeeping career Julie, along with fellow directors, ran a successful and busy electrical contracting company,which gaver her a vast knowledge and an insight into the experiences of dealing with staff and apprentices alike, along with an introduction to PAYE and CIS.
Winners of the ICB Luca Award – Large Practice of the Year 2014!!!!
About Laurie Austen
Laurie Austen joined the bookkeeping profession in January 2012 and initially worked alongside his mother Julie Austen where he soon learned the neccessary skills of liasing with clients and supporting their office needs. He has completed Sage training courses at the specialist Sage training centre in Birmingham. Following on from this he has gained both his Level 1 and Level 2 Sage Accounts certificates. He is also a student under the ICB and over the next 6 mths hopes to complete several of their bookkeeping exams. Following several A* grades in GCSE’s Laurie has put his sound knowledge in Maths, Science and Business Studies to good use. Rather than Laurie attend college to develop his skills further it was decided that he would gain far more experience by doing his study and training in a work based environment. He now offers clients support in other wider based invoicing packages and is developing his own side to the business in the administration field.
19 year old Laurie Austen shows a fresh approach to bookkeeping
By Edward Wilson
Laurie Austen, 19, has injected a fresh approach to the centuries old art of bookkeeping at Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd (BiB). His enthusiasm for financial management in SMEs and start-ups has helped turn around struggling businesses and reaped its rewards on a personal level. After leaving school, Laurie held a few jobs before changing direction and deciding to become a bookkeeper.
He successfully secured a job at Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd, and split his time between working and studying for the ICB Level I qualification in manual bookkeeping. Laurie said: “It took me about a year to complete the Level I because I was working at the same time. I realised that the best way to learn was through experience; I didn’t want to rush the qualification, and I ended up getting a great result.” After completing the Level I, Laurie assisted with the turnaround of one of BiB’s biggest clients. The client, who was operating at the wrong end of a £100,000 overdraft facility, took on Laurie as its bookkeeper. Laurie brought the client back into positive cash-flow in only 9 months. “Working on that client was a real turning point for me. It helped me to really understand and get to grips with how business finance works. Seeing the numbers add up and balance out was really rewarding, and I realised that bookkeeping was a really strong career choice for me.” Laurie’s success saw him promoted to a company director, with a 5% equity share in the business and a company car.
He has now completed his ICB Level II qualification in computerised bookkeeping, manages 12 clients and is working towards his ICB Level II in manual bookkeeping. “I am involved with a number of clients from different industries. I work with construction companies, plant hire businesses and local hairdressers. My work is really varied and each day is different. I have great relationships with my clients; the guys from the construction company give great banter! “I obviously have plans in the pipeline that don’t just revolve around bookkeeping; I’d love to go travelling with friends in the near future. However I’m developing a really exciting and rewarding career that I can come back to at any point, whatever I decide to do whenever I decide to do it.” Laurie is a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and is qualified to ICB Level II in computerised bookkeeping.
If you would like to find out more about ICB and how to become a member, please call 0845 060 2345 or visit www.bookkeepers.org.uk/membership
In order to try and minimise client costs Laurie and Julie will try to work together as closely as possible. Laurie will normally complete the day to day entries of invoices etc, leaving Julie to complete the tasks requiring more skilled input such as VAT & bank reconciliations etc. By structuring our services in this way, and having seperate hourly rates, the clients can be assured that they have their bookkeeping requirements covered in the most cost effective way.