Barry Ward MICB PMDip worked for many years in IT, ranging all the way from mainframe operations to management of a global IT support team for an international bank. However, when the crash happened in 2007 (caused by the company for which I was working, by the way), they eventually told me to pick a window and leave...
I contracted for a couple of years but it became a sad fact of commercial life that, because my technical IT skills had become rusty due to the management positions held the previous fifteen years, to the point where my technical address was Number One, Jurassic Park, I decided that he needed to refocus my attentions on an alternative career.
I love numbers - they never lie, they're finite.
I was a weird kid - for a hobby, I used to draw graphs and work out the equations under them (don't ask me to do that now, though!) so, as I was into numbers, the logical choice for retraining was a career which involved them.
I spent a couple of years qualifying as a bookkeeper with an internationally recognised chartered institution (the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and achieved MICB PMDip status, which enables me to provide professionally backed bookkeeping services.
After a few years working for an accountant to gain some real-world
experience, I set up my own practice, authorised and monitored by the ICB,
which means we have compliance and money laundering supervision, we are GDPR
registered and DBS checked and can act for companies, partnerships, sole
traders and individuals as your agent for the dreaded HMRC.