19 year old Laurie Austen shows a fresh approach to bookkeeping

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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

Upcoming ICB meeting 27th January 2014

Dont miss this month’s upcoming ICB meeting to be held in Buckingham by ‘Bookkeepers in Buckingham’ hosted by Julie Austen, with a guest speaker from Sage to demo the new software.

Well done!

laurie at summit

Laurie Austen has recently completed ‘Level 1 in Basic Bookkeeping’ passing with a commendable score of 95% distinction – well done!


New Chair for Buckinghamshire Branch

Bookkeepers in Buckingham are pleased to announce that Julie Austen is now Chairing the Buckinghamshire Branch ICB meetings.


Our next meeting is on the 15th July 2013 and we are honoured to be welcoming the CEO of the ICB – Garry Carter. This is a huge opportunity to meet Garry and get a better insight into the world of bookkeeping!


We have moved!!

We are pleased to announce we have recently moved in to new offices in the centre of Buckingham. You can find us at the following address…

Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd
Buckingham Business Support Centre
25 Moreton Rd
MK18 1JZ

Or you can call us on the office number: 01280 308075

We are moving!!!

On the 1st May 2013 Bookkeepers in Buckingham is moving to a faboulous new office in the Town Centre. Just a minutes walk from the main facilities in town we are re-locating to the lovely office within Buckingham Business Support Centre. Our new address will be 25 Moreton Road, Buckingham, MK18 1JZ. We will also have parking available for visiting clients.

* New Local Networking Group of ICB members around Buckingham

At present Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd is involved in helping to set up a new local networking group under the ICB covering the Buckinghamshire area. Current we belong to the Oxford group but there is a large catchment area covering Milton Keynes etc that we are looking at developing.

We hope to begin by holding regular meetings at a venue within Buckingham University. Details to be announced shortly but we are looking to hold our first meeting around the end of March. It is hoped that we will be able to attract guest speakers who will be of interest to new members.

* New Website!

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website