Susan Lang AICB is the Tyne & Wear Branch Chair and a two-time Luca Award winner
Susan left school at sixteen with aspirations of becoming a hotel receptionist but realised that it wasn’t her dream role once she had achieved her goal. She was made redundant at age twenty and worked as a temporary worker in various businesses, eventually doing a long stint at an accountancy firm. This inspired her to go to university to obtain an Accountancy and Finance degree. After she graduated from Edinburgh, Susan returned home to work in the family electronics business where she looked after the books.
In 2006, when Susan was pregnant with her second son, she decided that she did not want to return to full-time employment and started looking for self-employment options to give her flexibility with her children. She set up Susan Lang Consultancy to offer one-to-one specialist training in Sage software. Following the training sessions, many clients requested Susan’s assistance with their bookkeeping and she soon outgrew her dining room table. In 2008, Susan moved her business into an office and hired her first member of staff. Her business continued to grow and by 2016, she had twelve clients. In June 2016, Susan made the decision to incorporate and The Accounts Dept NE Ltd was born. Susan hasn’t looked back and two years later, she now has three members of staff and more than sixty clients.
Susan is proud to be a two-time Luca Award-winner, winning Branch of the Year in both 2015 and 2017. She is a member of the ICB Advisory Council and represents the North East region as the Tyne & Wear Branch Chair. Susan is also the mother of two sons and enjoys spending time with them on the weekend and getting away together in the family motorhome.
One piece of advice Susan would give to future women entrepreneurs is,
“Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and make time to develop your business and not just your clients’ businesses.”
The Accounts Dept NE Ltd can be found here:
The ICB North East Regional Members Group can be found here:
This is part of our year-long #ICB100Women Campaign honouring 100 influential and inspiring women bookkeepers, to celebrate the suffrage centenary.