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The only way is up for Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd!

Julie initially trained as a fashion designer and after a four-year diploma course in Art & Design, she briefly worked in London. This was not the best fit for Julie and she later took an opportunity to turn her attention to the books of her husband’s growing business, where her love of numbers grew. Julie later worked with the client of a local accountant, who prompted her to consider self-employment opportunities in the accountancy field.

After deciding that she needed formal qualifications, Julie joined ICB. Her qualifications, combined with over thirty years’ experience in the bookkeeping profession, enabled her to launch her limited company, Bookkeepers in Buckingham (BiB). It was at this point that Julie offered her son Laurie the opportunity to work with her. She realised that there was a great need for a fresh approach to bookkeeping and Julie became determined to build her new limited company on the solid foundations of youngsters whom she would train herself.

Julie’s business is a true family affair, not unlike ICB. Julie’s daughter and husband Brian also work in the practice, with her husband serving as the office manager. The family business clearly appeals to potential clients, as multiple enquiries have come directly from Julie’s website, having deliberately sought out family businesses. Julie believes this is because family values are perceived as strong and solid, and it lends a feeling of security that prospective clients look for in a bookkeeper. The family has now expanded, taking on new members of staff, including Gemma Griffiths, Steph Partridge, Ilze Burnett and Rahana Iqbal-Raffell, who nominated Julie to be part of this campaign. Rahana joined Bookkeepers in Buckingham after calling the office and volunteering her services for free, as she was so eager to learn.

Rahana says of Julie,

“I have never met such a knowledgeable lady who loves to help you learn and develop as an individual. She definitely deserves to be part of the 100 Women campaign!”

Julie attributes the success of her business to teamwork and is inspired by anybody who is willing to fulfil their dreams by working hard and pushing themselves. She also encourages her tight-knit staff to be indispensable to their clients and as a result, everyone is always ready to jump in and help. Their hard work has paid off, as they were winners of the ICB LUCA Award for Practice of the Year in 2014, 2015 winners of Employed Bookkeeper of the Year (Laurie Austen) and Employer of the Year (Julie Austen), and 2016 winner of Employed Bookkeeper of the Year (Rahana Iqbal-Raffell). They were also shortlisted for all of the aforementioned awards at the 2017 LUCA Awards.

The only way is up for Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd!

You can find Julie’s business here:

> www.bookkeepersinbuckingham.co.uk

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This is part of our year-long #ICB100Women Campaign honouring 100 influential and inspiring women bookkeepers, to celebrate the suffrage centenary. 

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