Charmian Heys – Now Bookkeeping Ltd
“Being a sporting person, at school I was never particularly academic. Consequently I really could not wait to stop studying and start working. Inevitably I headed for a short-term career in the leisure industry, which was fun but I soon realised it was not a long-term career, so I joined the British Army. Life has a way of making you change directions and sadly, due to an injury, I did not make it out of basic training and I was given a medical discharge.
After a summer of doing menial jobs I joined a factory working on the shop floor as a temporary staff member. I always put myself forward for jobs and was fortunate to gain the attention for the management team. I was asked if I wanted to do other roles within the factory, of which I said yes……and so began my accounting life, being introduced to Accounts Payable.
Fast forward 10 years (during which time I achieved my AAT Level 4 Technician qualification) I finally left the factory as an Assistant Management Accountant to pursue a career as a Dental Practice Manager. While my accounting role was significantly reduced, I increased my customer service skills and gained valuable experience working with a wide variety of people. After 10 years I made the decision to return back to Accounts, refreshing my accounting knowledge by studying Level 2 Bookkeeping qualification with Training Link.
I enjoyed it so much I have decided to continue with my studies to obtain my Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications. The guidance from the tutors Steve and Angela Capeling was so helpful combined with the exam tutor Bev Roberts I achieved 96% Distinction for my Level 2 and 95% Distinction for my Level 3.
After 3 years of working at various levels of accounting I decided to leave my employment to start a bookkeeping business with my friend who is a tax accountant with her own business – Now Bookkeeping Ltd was born. We felt it was a match made in heaven as we both love our respective roles. We offer a full service, but essential to our core is we want to help empower the business owners to understand their accounts better, so we are happy to do “one-off-jobs” with a spot of simple training on the basics with their respective accounting systems.
To obtain a Practice Licence from the ICB I was required to be a Level 3 qualified bookkeeper. We are very ethical and it is important for us to have the professional qualifications to show we are self-regulating. Training Link has been integral to helping me achieve everything I have done in the past 6 months and I would absolutely recommend them; the communication is amazing, the learning material is easy to understand and I would return to them as a first point of call for training requirements in the future.”
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