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Market Drayton bookkeeping business off to a flying start PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
A Shropshire woman has started a local bookkeeping business and already has an impressive portfolio of clients in just over a month of trading. 

JMD Bookkeeping Services has been a lifelong ambition of Julia Donaldson, since she completed a business management degree. She worked her way around a number of accountancy related roles in the world of business, and joined the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), but has now decided to start working for herself.

With a college course being unsuitable for her, she turned to specialist UK-wide e-learning college, Ideal Schools, which focuses exclusively on bookkeeping and accounting. Here, she joined 2000 other students at the long established college to become part of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Mrs Donaldson, started down the path to ICB membership at Christmas 2015, and found Ideal Schools instantly. She said: “I chose Ideal Schools to commence my journey because they were the best I found online, and wasn’t pressured with sales pitches.”

Mrs Donaldson said: “I was put at ease from the start. Learning with Ideal Schools was an absolutely marvellous experience. I really have no words to describe how excellent they were for me; completely professional, supportive, and hugely knowledgeable.

“If anyone is considering starting business for themselves, or just adding new skills, and wanting to learn bookkeeping, I would say not to hesitate to get in touch with Ideal Schools. Nothing’s too much trouble for them, and the tutors are exceptional.

“There’s a real feeling of community from the school, both the tutors and fellow students. The Facebook group allows everyone to help and support each other, and it feels more like a family than a school.”

JMD Bookkeeping obtained an ICB licence to practice, and began trading at the turn of this financial year, and is already proving a great saving to sole traders, partnerships and not for profit organisations all across the Staffordshire and Shropshire areas. Mrs Donaldson has also set her sights high and is now the branch chair of the Staffordshire wing of the ICB.

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