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Manchester bookkeeper overcomes all to start local business PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2016
A Hungarian woman has overcome illness and personal difficulties to study bookkeeping and accountancy in order to come to Walkden, Manchester to start her own award-nominated business, and tutor others through the process. 

Eszter Petrinovics, 37, suffered a difficult childhood in Hungary, and has been plagued with health problems. Despite this, she achieved a Masters degree in Economics before turning to long-established online college, Ideal Schools in October 2013. She joined 2000 other students studying to become part of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Ms Petrinovics excelled studying the subject, and came to the Walkden area of Greater Manchester in 2015, fully prepared to open her own business, OptiAccounts, to provide comprehensive bookkeeping services to individuals, sole traders, partnerships, and limited businesses in the Salford and Greater Manchester area.

Her linguistic skills have enabled her to carve out a niche preparing final accounts and more for many of the city’s thriving Eastern European businesses. Less than a year in business, and OptiAccounts has been nominated for the LUCA award – named after Luca Paciolo, the Cisterian monk credited with inventing the process of double entry bookkeeping – for Best New Practice of the Year, awarded by the ICB.

Ms Petrinovics said: “I chose ICB because it provides the perfect set of qualifications for aspiring bookkeepers. Being a Certified Bookkeeper and a Member of the ICB is something that I’m very proud to put next to my name.”

Her successful studies led to another nomination for the LUCA award, this time for Student of the Year, awarded by the ICB. It was at the ceremony she met Mr Al Vanden Akker, Principal of Ideal Schools.

Mr Vanden Akker then offered her the role of tutor to students studying for the notoriously difficult Self Assessment exam in January 2016. Within months, over 94% of students achieved passing grades under Ms Petrinovics’s tutelage.

Ms Petrinovics said: “Ideal Schools was the best choice for me. I’ve gained so much from studying with them, and being able to join the company as a tutor helps me by helping others. I can’t recommend them enough.”

Mr Vanden Akker said: “Eszter was a pleasure to teach, working through assignments quickly and accurately. With her already helping new students on the forums, she was a perfect fit as a new tutor, and the results speak for themselves.”
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