A Lincoln man has set up his own business after becoming one of the oldest students at a specialist UK-wide e-learning college which concentrates exclusively on bookkeeping and accounting.
Terry Ramm, 63, joined 2000 other students – many of them several decades younger – at long-established online college Ideal Schools, in order to gain the qualifications necessary for him to launch a second career.
After less than a year, the former company director has now set up his own practice in Lincoln -TLR Bookkeeping and Taxation – a full 12 months ahead of schedule, and already has an impressive portfolio of clients.
Mr Ramm said:
I wasn’t ready to retire and I didn’t fancy stacking shelves at the supermarket, so setting up my own business was the way forward for me. I gained an Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) qualification and that opened all the right doors.
The enterprising businessman spent the past 17 years in Canada before retiring to return to Britain. He wanted an intellectual challenge, and was familiar with the world of bookkeeping from his former career.
He started with Ideal Schools in October 2015, and has now passed ICB levels 2, 3, and 4, all with distinction, and completed the Self-Assessment module.
Business is all about confidence and the course I signed up for gave me all the tools I needed to open my new practice ahead of schedule. I hope to provide companies, organisations and individuals in Lincoln with an outstanding service.
Brian McVean, director of Ideal Schools, which provides tuition for bookkeeping and accounting exams via distance learning, said:
Terry was a committed and enthusiastic student, who clearly had a wealth of business experience.
It goes to show that age is no barrier for people if they have the determination and self-belief to start out on a new stage in their professional lives.
For further information, contact Al Vanden Akker, Principal/Tutor, Ideal Schools, 60 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4AG. T: 0141 248 5200. E: firstname.lastname@example.org.