ABOUT BOOKKEEPERS IN BUCKINGHAM

Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd is a family run business covering Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire Oxfordshire and the Milton Keynes areas. Julie Austen, the founding Director has been working within the bookkeeping field for over 35 years.

The company, Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd, (Known locally & affectionately as BiB) was primarily set up as a bookkeeping provider offering companies the opportunity to outsource their bookkeeping and payroll requirements, thereby ensuring that they only pay for the time needed to complete their bookkeeping work and without the added implications of employing their own bookkeeper under their own PAYE scheme.

Bookkeepers in Buckingham is registered under the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), and holds a Practice Licence under that organisation.

Over the past 9 years BiB has grown extensively, and now proudly boasts the best team of bookkeepers, in the words of Julie Austen, Elite bookkeepers!

By November 2015 the team had expanded, and at the 2015 LUCA Awards, team BiB walked away with ‘two’ of the coveted awards. That evening was our highlight to date. Laurie Austen collected the award for Employee of the year and Julie Austen collected the award for Employer of the year; It was a momentous occasion.

In 2016 BiB were again shortlisted for employee of the year, and Rahana Iqbal-Raffell walked away with this amazing award in 2016, making that 2 yrs running for the same award, and also making that our 4th LUCA award to date!

In 2017 we were shortlisted for 3 LUCA’s, but perhaps it was just time to let the others in with a chance…

But we weren’t done with the LUCA’s yet, In 2018 we took our 5 th award for Employer of the year, and in 2019 Gemma Griffiths took the award for Employee of the year.

We are currently keeping our fingers crossed for 2021!

How do we work? Whether you need just a few hours a month or several days on a weekly or monthly basis we can tailor our services to suit your business’s needs. By outsourcing your bookkeeping requirements, you can save yourself the time and effort spent on your paperwork and put your time to the more important tasks of selling and managing your own businesses.

Furthermore, by producing clear and concise records for your month/year end you can help to reduce your costs to your accountant at the end of your financial year. And nothing acts as a better tool than having ‘up to date financial records’, which enable you to drive the business according to the results you currently produce.

JULIE AUSTEN Founding Director

Julie Austen has been bookkeeping for over 35 years. Julie 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 a simple system or a larger company requiring a fully computerised system Julie and her team can help.

As a member of the ICB Julie is required to meet their high standards.  She also holds a Diploma in Payroll Management under the ICB. In addition to these she is a member of the very highly regarded Sage Accountants’ Club. Membership of this gives BiB the use of their very latest Sage accountancy software along with their invaluable award winning Sage customer support. Bookkeepers in Buckingham also offer support for QBO.

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 Porsche Repairs and Service, Plant Sales and repairs/service, Nursery (pre-school) providers, Engineering companies, several high profile companies based up at Silverstone Innovation Centre, The Legal profession, Marketing and many more from within the Building and associated trades.

After many years of working alone as a sole trader, Julie decided to take on her son, Laurie Austen as an apprentice, and within a short time it was apparent that they made a dynamic team and Julie ventured forward to set up Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd.  From that point Julie very quickly recognised that there was a huge gap in the bookkeeping profession; it was in need of young and fresh blood. Julie also set about finding ways of encouraging youngsters to take on the roles of bookkeepers within an environment that would provide a stable environment to learn, but also provide the stability of a family type of environment.

Julie has always been a perfectionist and the task of finding likeminded youngsters to fill the role of the bookkeeper’s she envisaged has been a long and arduous task. Bookkeepers are a very special breed. They must have very specials skills and traits that enable them to be the best.

But another idea begins to take shape, although bookkeeping was to be our main stay along with payroll; Julie wanted each of her employees to have an additional skill that they excelled at. This ‘extra’ skill was to be different in each of our employees, and that would mean that alongside our traditional bookkeeping support, each or our employees would have another line that we could offer our clients. This would mean that BiB was able to offer their client’s a fully tailored service to suit all the different needs of their clients.

At last year’s ICB Bookkeepers summit at the QE11 conference Centre in the heart of Westminster, Julie Austen was a guest speaker to over 600 fellow bookkeepers and gave a presentation called ‘How to make your Team work for you’.

Now, Julie is confident that she has achieved her goals, to create the perfect team of Elite bookkeepers.

“I have been working with Julie and her team at Bookkeepers in Buckingham for over 4 years and the service we receive is exceptional. Julie and Gemma are reliable, helpful and professional, I could not do my job without them. Julie helps me with any queries quickly and is always available when i need her so I could not recommend BIB more.”

Mel Wiltshire

“Julie and her staff handle the bookkeeping for my business, they are a great team, everything is completed efficiently and on time. On top of that they go the extra mile, giving added support and advice, they are always available and feel like they are an extension of our business. Highly recommended.”

Charlotte Anderson

“I work with Julie Austen and her team on some mutual clients and I see at first hand the excellent service that Buckingham Bookkeepers provide those clients. The culture of the business is not just to do the books but to be there for the clients when they need support. They certainly go the extra mile when it is needed.”

Roger Eddowes

“Bookkeepers in Buckingham have provided the company with excellent service throughout the year we have been with them.  The books were in a mess but they have persevered and now everything has been corrected and we know exactly where we are with the company accounts. A big thank you to Julie and her team who have worked tirelessly on our behalf.”

Linda Marriott, Drakewell Ltd

“Absolutely brilliant service, I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie and her team’s services.
Our company has been using them for around 2 years now and they are swift, efficient and a really friendly and supportive team who have been a huge asset to our business. They offer great value for money and really know their stuff, whether it is Accounts Management, Payroll or Auto Enrolment Pensions, they would prove to be a knowledgeable support to any business.”

Kim Wood, Autofarm

“Bookkeepers in Buckingham have handled my payroll since October 2014. They are very professional and all HMRC details are taken care of. All payslips are produced in good time for the month end. I am very satisfied and would recommend the firm without hesitation.”

Helen Fletcher Rogers