Back in the business saddle for bookkeeping mum

By Anita Jaynes on 20 December, 2016

A Wiltshire mother of one has set up her own successful business in Cherhill, near Calne after courses at a specialist UK-wide e-learning college focusing exclusively on bookkeeping and accounting. One year on, the business is going from strength to strength.

Nicky Hagenbeek, 42, joined 2000 other students at long-established online college Ideal Schools – studying to become part of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) in order to get back into the world of work on her own terms after having her son.

In 2015, she started up her business, Beeline Bookkeeping, and has quickly developed an impressive portfolio of clients.  The business focuses on small businesses and individuals, such as local businesses NTouch, Eat 5 Star and Deluxe Hospitality.

The enterprising businesswoman – who also volunteers her time and expertise at local preschools and toddler groups – has over 17 years’ experience in client services in a variety of industries, including five years in the international financial sector.

She put her bookkeeping knowledge to good use by volunteering as Vice Treasurer of the Cherhill Preschool and is heavily involved in the local community.

She started studying for the bookkeeping exams in 2014, and has passed ICB Levels 2, 3, and 4 and completed the Self Assessment module, all with grade higher than 96%.

Nicky said: “I’d really recommend this as a way of learning. Ideal Schools was supportive, and very responsive to my needs. It has created a network of encouraging students and former students available via social media, which is very helpful when starting out.”

She added: “Ideal Schools has put me in touch with a whole online community who are helping each other through the learning process, or taking the first steps into the business world. It gave me huge confidence to start my business. I hope to provide the small businesses and people of Wiltshire with the best possible bookkeeping services.”

Brian McVean, director of Ideal Schools, which provides distance tuition for bookkeeping and accountancy exams, said: “Nicky came to Ideal Schools looking to get back into the world of work, and she was an eager and diligent student.

“Her previous experience stood her in good stead, and I am glad to hear her business is taking off.”

For further information about Ideal Schools contact Al Vanden Akker, Principal/Tutor, Ideal Schools, 60 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4AG. T: 0141 248 5200. E: W:

Pictured above: Nicky Hagenbeek