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19th June 2024
Annemarie Vernege's Journey: From Diverse Career Paths to Bookkeeping Success
Annemarie Vernege shares her journey back to her passion for accounting and her acquisition of a bookkeeping practice licence through her study with Ideal Schools. She discusses her strategies for setting up her practice. This post also covers the benefits and challenges of home study and self-employment.
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28th May 2024
What is a Portfolio Career, and Do I Want One?
I was talking to an old friend recently who asked me what I was doing these days. I told her I had several small jobs and projects including volunteering. She corrected me and told me that I had a ‘portfolio career’. We laughed about this at the time but afterwards it got me thinking – what is a portfolio career and is it a good thing that I have one?
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19th March 2024
Practice Spotlight: Celtic Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services
Leanda Daddow and the team from Celtic Bookkeeping And Accountancy Services discuss their business journey and Ideal Schools’ on-going role in their success
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19th March 2024
Jayne Clifford-Greening Discusses Her Career Goals
Jayne Clifford-Greening discusses her career goals, the obstacles she faces and why giving up is not the answer when life gets challenging
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16th January 2024
The Power of Belonging: How Ideal Schools’ Virtual Welcome Meetings Enhance Your Study Experience
It was lovely to ‘meet’ everyone and great to know others are studying at the same time! I look forward to connecting with them more in the future.
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12th December 2023
Fuel for Focus: How to Keep Motivated to Study in Winter
Introduction You’d be forgiven for thinking that winter is the perfect time to hit the books and power through your coursework, but not everyone finds this to be the case.
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28th November 2023
Sharon Morris discusses how her bookkeeping training with Ideal Schools has given her the work-life balance she craves
My work-life balance is exactly where I wanted it to be when I set out, and I probably work part-time hours for a full-time wage now. We recently spoke to...
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28th November 2023
Ideal Schools Student Denise Gibson is ICB Student of the Year 2023
Our college has always been about our people which is why we are so delighted with our 2023 Institute of Certified Bookkeepers LUCA Awards success. Denise Gibson started with us...
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21st November 2023
Sarah Povey’s Ideal Schools Experience: A Springboard to a Successful Accountancy Practice
Getting started Sarah started training with Ideal Schools in early 2013 and with their help and her own commitment and hard work, achieved distinctions in ICB Level 2, 3 and...
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31st October 2023
Emma MacPherson’s Career Development Journey with Ideal Schools
Introduction Recent Ideal Schools student Emma MacPherson has had quite the professional and training journey over her time with Ideal Schools. In this article, we share her experiences.
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3rd October 2023
Ideal Schools Founder, Elias van den Akker, talks to The Herald about his retirement
As was recently reported both on our site and elsewhere, our college recently celebrated forty years in business. Off the back of this milestone event, we are undergoing some restructuring.
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19th September 2023
Celebration of Ideal Schools 40 Years in Business
We’re pleased that our recent celebration and plans for the future have been written about, as well as the restructuring at the top of our organisation.
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19th September 2023
“I’m Too Old to Change Career”
Are you really though? People are no longer sticking to one career for life and that shows no sign of changing anytime soon. So what might that mean for you?
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5th September 2023
Course Spotlight – Study ICB Level 2 and 3 with Ideal Schools and get Free Level 4 Self-Assessment Taxation Course in September
Introduction: In today’s constantly changing job market, it is vital to remain flexible and future-proof your career where possible. If you can ensure the qualifications you acquire are versatile, this...
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31st August 2023
Cheers to 40 Years – Ideal Schools celebrates 40 Years in business
We recently celebrated our 40 years in business with a reception and dinner at the voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The event was attended by students past and present...
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2nd August 2023
Top 7 Benefits of Studying AAT Courses at Ideal Schools for a Rewarding Career in Accounting and Finance
Introduction: Considering a career in accounting and finance? Studying an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) course at Ideal Schools is the perfect way to kickstart your journey. AAT qualifications are...
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18th July 2023
Conquer Your Bookkeeping Goals with the AAT Level 2 Certificate at Ideal Schools
Dive into the world of bookkeeping and accounting with our AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping, a qualification offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Ideal Schools, leading UK...
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13th June 2023
Nicola Tennant’s Courageous Leap into Bookkeeping: A Tale of Resilience and Success
Introduction: The Emergence of a Dream “Being self-employed and working from home,” was a distant dream for Nicola Tennant until she made the bold decision to step out of her...
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30th May 2023
ICB Bookkeeping Course with Ideal Schools Can Create New Career Opportunities
Introduction: The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world, offering professional qualifications for individuals looking to enter or advance in the bookkeeping and accounting...
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23rd May 2023
How to Choose the Right Bookkeeping Course for Your Career Goals
Introduction: Launching a bookkeeping career can be an exciting and rewarding journey. However, with a variety of courses available, choosing the right one to suit your career goals can be...
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16th May 2023
Balancing Work, Life and Study: Ideal Schools’ Tips for Students
Introduction: Setting off on a new educational journey can be both interesting and challenging. For many Ideal Schools students, juggling work, personal life, and study can be a daunting task.
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9th May 2023
Lisa Cresswell’s Inspiring Journey to Bookkeeping Success
Introduction: Embarking on a new career path can be both exciting and challenging. In this article, we share the inspirational story of Lisa Cresswell, who transformed her passion for finance
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3rd May 2023
Student Success Webinar with ICB re Level 4 – Supercharge Your Earning Potential
On Tuesday 25th April, IDEAL Schools took part in a webinar, hosted by ICB’s CEO Ami Copeland and ICB’s Director of Learning, Peter Stewart, which looked at the advantages of adding ICB’s Level
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31st March 2023
Success Story
As we creep towards our official 40th Birthday celebrations, a reporter kindly penned a piece, to acknowledge our recent Luca Awards success. This was picked up by a number of renowned business websites, who were delighted to share our story
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8th November 2022
ICB LUCA Award Success
We are delighted to have been awarded the following at the ICB 2022 LUCA awards, held 7th November. A testament to the expertise, dedication and hard work of all staff,
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2nd November 2022
Stay Connected
We have always prided ourselves on how friendly and approachable we are as a college and we are always looking at ways that increase the connectivity between college and student.
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22nd February 2022
Tax Filer Webinars - March 2022
5 FREE webinars highlighting the benefits of Tax Filer software
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15th February 2022
How to apply for a New Agent Code
Louise Woodhouse guides you through the process of becoming a self-assessment tax agent....
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26th November 2021
ICB Luca Awards (2021) - Tutor of the Year
Louise has become our 5th tutor to win this award. She's brilliant and her student love her.
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22nd October 2021
Clare Lee
Clare’s fight-back from ill-health led her to a new career in bookkeeping with assistance from Ideal Schools
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17th August 2021
Bookkeeping Training Provider of the Year
Best Bookkeeping Training Provider – Scotland in the 2021 Education & Training Awards from Corporate Vision Magazine
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17th August 2021
Tracy Irvine
A former shop worker in South Wales has seen her business take off after retraining as a bookkeeper.
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4th August 2021
Nicola Fallon
Pandemic has been life-changing chance to learn for Salford mum
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21st April 2021
The Bookkeepers' Oscars
This Sunday 25th April sees the 93rd Academy Awards take place......
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1st April 2021
ICB Luca Awards - 2020
It was a night to remember.......
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15th December 2020
Clare Kendall
A year to remember for Lincolnshire bookkeeping business
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18th November 2020
Susan Lang & Juliet McKenna
Tyneside bookkeeping business is on a growth curve
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18th May 2020
Mental Health Week
The third week of May each year means the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.....
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9th April 2020
Kate Dell
Wiltshire farm bookkeeper plants seeds of new enterprise with Ideal Schools
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23rd March 2020
Naomi Harris
Manchester Mum finds mojo to go it alone after home study course with Ideal Schools......
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9th December 2019
Rosie Clarke
GB Athlete Partners with Ideal Schools in Training for Life after Sporting Career.....
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25th September 2019
The importance of continued professional development (CPD)
Why is CPD important? Why does it matter?
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20th September 2019
Jane Gray
Major Career Switch has Ideal Schools Student on Path to Grow Her Own Business
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17th September 2019
Helen Armstrong
Businesswoman Chooses Ideal Schools to Formalise her Bookkeeping Credentials and Launch Her New Business Faster
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17th September 2019
Ann Edwards
Bookkeeper Looks to Pay It Forward After Studying with Ideal Schools
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29th May 2019
Mike Wadham
It is never too late to start rebuilding your career......
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18th February 2019
ICB LUCA Awards (2018) - Student of the Year
Louise's journey from student to successful bookkeeper has been amazing and we are so proud of her and pleased that her efforts have been awarded.....
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14th February 2019
How mum, Emi, finds the right balance.....
Two of our students and ICB members are featured in this article from the national press. #betterbookkeeping
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30th January 2019
Tatsiana Sviatsets
"Ideal Schools had the best reviews and some very attractive portfolios of courses."
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30th January 2019
Rasa DAlton
"I would recommend Ideal Schools to anyone wishing to qualify as a well-trained bookkeeper.”
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21st December 2018
Emily Darnton
"I decided that the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers’ (ICB) qualification was best for me...."
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18th December 2018
Jason Dalton
Jason so valued his Ideal Schools’ experience he’s putting two of his qualified employees through its payroll course.
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23rd July 2018
Samantha Shipley
ICB definitely had the best way to go into business for myself....
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3rd July 2018
Christine Aplin
Continuing to learn is important to me, and I think it is great that Ideal Schools....
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3rd July 2018
Louise Woodhouse
within 14 months, I had fully qualified with my practice licence....
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3rd July 2018
Jan Moss
I’d recommend Ideal Schools to anyone looking to take the plunge into bookkeeping
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21st February 2018
Alessandra Lanzalaco
Ideal Schools’ online learning support helps London woman secure her dream job in the world of finance....
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29th January 2018
Nicola Hutchings
I want my business to have the same sort of approachability, and the same friendliness....
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16th January 2018
Business Confidence - Part 4
It isn't easy to make the leap from a bookkeeping student...
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10th January 2018
David Cavanagh
I am a big believer in small businesses, and helping their owners to see the bigger picture, and what can be done to help them grow....
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14th December 2017
ICB LUCA Awards (2017) - Employed Bookkeeper of the Year
Our student, Emma Jauncey, joins a long list of IDEAL students who've gone on to achieve great things on the back of their study.
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8th December 2017
Joanne Turner
I’ve done almost every course offered by Ideal Schools, and each one brought me more skills....
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7th November 2017
Business Confidence - Part 3
It isn't easy to make the leap from a bookkeeping student...
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24th October 2017
Joanne Osborne
I want to provide more than just accounting, and to do it with style, with passion and with optimism.....
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11th October 2017
ICB LUCA Awards (2017 - New Practice of the Year
Following on from his 2016 Student of the Year success, Terry Ramm has made a fantastic success in his new career as a Bookkeeper...
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11th October 2017
ICB LUCA Awards (2017) - Tutor of the Year
Our proud history in this category continues as Eszter Petrinovics becomes our fourth tutor to be awarded this accolade....
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15th September 2017
Business Confidence - Part 2
How do you eat an elephant?
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1st September 2017
Tracey Crewdson
I thought, ‘well, I can add up!’ So I looked into bookkeeping.....
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23rd August 2017
Lisa MacLeod
Motherhood starts some women down the path to training as bookkeepers......
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23rd August 2017
Theresa (Terry) Peers
Her life-long gift for numbers stood her in good stead....
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10th August 2017
From farming to finance...
Kathryn Cowin merges her passion for animals and numbers to forge a successful career as a bookkeeper.
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2nd August 2017
Kathryn Cowin
There are few stories, even in the multi-faceted world of bookkeeping.......
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31st July 2017
Paul Maddison
Everyone who comes to bookkeeping later in life brings the expertise of their former profession.....
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14th July 2017
Business Confidence - Part 1
It isn't easy to make the leap from a bookkeeping student with all the relevant theory to being a practicing bookkeeper.
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13th June 2017
Jessica Harrison
I wanted to be able to run my own business around the kids....
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11th June 2017
ICB LUCA Awards (2017)
IDEAL Schools were proud to have an impressive representation at the 2017 LUCA wards, where our tutors and students picked up prestigious awards.
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6th June 2017
IDEALs Top Ten Study Tips
Home study offers great flexibility to fit study around family and work commitments. However, if you follow our study tips, you'll be on the to exam success in no time at all.
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31st May 2017
Yet more student exposure...
Ideal Schools' expertise lies in specialist bookkeeping & accounting training, via home study. However, we continue to support students after study is completed and this includes helping to promote their new business ventures.
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23rd May 2017
Jonathan Kemp
Everyone I spoke to had the knowledge at their fingertips
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20th March 2017
Bookkeeping business goes from strength to strength
This is yet another example of Ideal Schools supporting their students who have gone onto practice, by distributing news of their successes in their local media.
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8th March 2017
Ricardo Pereira
I knew that Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) certification was what I wanted!
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8th March 2017
Mark Williams
Mark wanted more control over his own career!
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12th December 2016
ICB LUca Awards - 2016
On 29th November 2016 IDEAL Schools and their students enjoyed one of their most successful nights at the prestigious ICB Luca awards,
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30th November 2016
ICB LUCA Awards (2016) - Most Effective use of Social Media
Our private Facebook group pages also take away the feeling of isolation that can sometimes be felt with home study, providing the chance to communicate with other students and tutors, creating a true feeling of community. The huge success of these groups is a great credit to all involved.
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30th November 2016
ICB LUCA Awards (2016) - Best Large Practice
Our association with Michelle goes back many years and during this time she has shown a first class dedication in her study, carrying this forward with focused determination as she set up her very successful practice, ValueAdd Business Solutions.
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30th November 2016
ICB LUCA Awards (2016) - Student of the Year
When joining Ideal Schools in October 2015 he had a clear goal of qualifying by the summer of 2017. Since then, not only has he completed his original training package....
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16th November 2016
Marie Wells
Marie Launches new Antrim bookkeeping business
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8th September 2016
Vip Patel
Restlessness, and a desire to give back
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5th September 2016
S1 Jobs
When asking a question about preparing properly for a career in bookkeeping& account, who better to ask than a college with 33 years of experience in guiding their students toward a successful career path.
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5th September 2016
Eszter Petrinovics
Our student successes are very pleasing and in Eszter's case we also able to benefit from her vast business experience, where she not only runs her own successful business, but she also helps to tutor our students toward exam success.
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5th September 2016
The Herald - Small Business Focus
Our reputation for offering high quality bookkeeping and accounting training via home study, covering the entire UK and beyond, was recently highlighted in Scotland's leading broadsheet.
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24th August 2016
ICB Training Provider of the year 2009/10
The night of Thursday 26th of November 2009 was a very special night indeed for all involved with Ideal Schools. Part of the highly successful ICB International Conference involved an awards dinner where we received the ICB Tuition Provider of the Year award and one of our students, Shirley Atterbury, won the Student of the Year award.
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24th August 2016
ICB Student of the Year 2009/10
This year, as well as winning the Provider of the Year award, we were delighted to have involvement in the Student of the Year category. The story of Shirley Atterbury is one that should inspire us all. In spite of a serious illness, Shirley used her studies to help her through her treatment, and still managed distinction passes. It was a pleasure to meet her at the dinner, and I don’t think anyone could argue that her award was fully deserved.
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24th August 2016
ICB Student of the Year 2011
In November (2011) ICB hosted another very successful conference, which included an awards dinner, where two of our students were nominated for Student of the Year. Mr Moolchand Dubey and Mrs Leisa Turnbull should be very proud of themselves to have been shortlisted in the final 5, from thousands of students.
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24th August 2016
BKN Training Provider of the Year 2011
On 1st November 2011 we were delighted to be awarded the BKN Training Provider of the Year award. We are honoured to receive this valuable recognition for the hard work put in by all our tutorial and administrative staff. Our sincere thanks go to all those who voted for us.
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24th August 2016
ICB Student of the Year 2012
We are absolutely delighted to announce that our student, Edward Brenninkmeijer, has been awarded the ICB LUCA award for Student of the Year 2012, at ICB Awards dinner held at the Savoy Hotel, London, this November. This is the third year running that an Ideal Schools student has won this award, which should give hope to all students starting out on the studies.
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24th August 2016
ICB Tutor of the Year 2012
On Tuesday 6th November 2012 we watched with great pride as our tutor, Jo Tester-Wilson, was awarded the ICB LUCA award for Tutor of the Year 2012. In her years tutoring for Ideal Schools Jo has shown a fantastic enthusiasm for her work, sharing her knowledge and experiences with students and helping them achieve their exam successes with flying colours.
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24th August 2016
BKN Training Provider of the Year 2012
On 2nd October 2012 we were delighted to hear that we’d been awarded the BKN Training Provider of the Year 2012 award, for the second year running,
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24th August 2016
ICB Tutor of the Year 2013
For the second year in a row, one of our tutors has been awarded ICB Tutor of the Year, which is further proof that our tutorial services are of the highest quality. Brian McVean received his award on Monday 9th December from HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the very impressive Lancaster House, London.
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24th August 2016
BKN Training Provider of the Year 2013
On 2nd October 2013, for the third year in a row, we are delighted to have been awarded the BKN Training Provider of the Year award. As our college was founded in October 1983 we could not have asked for a better start to our 30th Anniversary celebrations.
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24th August 2016
ICB Outstanding Achievement Award 2014
On Wednesday 19th November 2014 the ICB held their annual awards dinner. At the end of the evening, two special LUCAs were announced.
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24th August 2016
ICB Student of the Year 2015
Alison Duncan
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3rd August 2016
Nicky Hagenbeek
Back to work on her own terms
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2nd August 2016
Veronica Vladiuc
AAT Member & Student
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22nd July 2016
Sandra Douglas
My practice is increasingly successful!
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20th July 2016
Lynda Smith
CIMA to ICB
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19th July 2016
Age is no barrier
Our student, Terry Ramm, has done fantastically well in achieving his goals well ahead of schedule. We will use our own contacts to maximise his exposure as a practicing bookkeeper.
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15th July 2016
A move that really adds up!
Leisa Turnbull, 39, is a self-employed bookkeeper. She lives in Horsham, West Sussex with her husband Andy and two daughters, Jessica 12 and Katie 9.
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15th July 2016
A move that really adds up – Home Study experts’ bookkeeping success
Looking for a career you can count on? The IDEAL Schools can ensure your future isn’t left in the balance.
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7th July 2016
Eszter Petrinovics
"Bookkeeping has become my life!"
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7th July 2016
Karen Cain
Karen's story
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5th July 2016
Terry Ramm
Age is no Barrier!
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12th January 2016
ICB LUCA Awards (2016) - Tutor of the Year
We are all very proud that Scot has become the third IDEAL tutor to be presented with this prestigious award.
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