Allison Slater – Slater Jones Bookkeeping
“After 26 years of working in banking management, my role was at risk of redundancy. This was a great opportunity for me to re-evaluate what I wanted to do next with my working career, so I applied to take voluntary redundancy.
After taking a short break, I started thinking about what I would like to do next. I knew I didn’t want to go back into banking or project management but was unsure what to do. I knew I wanted to have more flexibility and be the one in charge of my working week, but I also wanted a challenge, so I started thinking about becoming self-employed. A friend suggested that I consider bookkeeping and accounts, which would complement the skills I had already possessed.
Through the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers website, I found Training Link. I was really impressed with their distance learning packages and requested a ‘free trial’ study unit. As soon as I reviewed the unit, I knew that I had found the perfect training match for me. From day one, through until I had completed my final exam, I found the training material and tutor support excellent. I know Training Link were key to helping me achieving my level 2 and 3 qualifications, quickly and with distinctions.
I founded my business and took my first tentative steps of starting a Bookkeeping practice. At the same time, I decided to study and qualify for Self-Assessment Tax, so that I could offer clients additional services. Again, I chose to study with Training Link; it was the obvious choice for me.
I had the opportunity to cover maternity leave in a local business for 8 months. This really helped me to put my studying into practice, and at the same time, I was able to get my first few clients for my new business.
In 2016, I achieved a personal goal in converting my business to a family partnership when my sister, Victoria Jones, also qualified. Victoria has over 5 years work experience in accounts departments of various national organisations using a variety of in-house and corporate accounting systems; “Slater Jones Bookkeeping” was formed.
Based in Tamworth, we pride ourselves in supporting start-ups, sole traders, partnerships and individuals with their bookkeeping, accounts and tax requirements, so that they can focus on the running of their businesses, whilst maintaining their work life balance. We are steadily growing our client base, at the same time as ensuring that we always give the best possible service to each one of our clients.”
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