Laura Howard has bucked the trend of the latest government figures, which reveal that an increasing number of women are facing unemployment, by winning the IAB Business Mentor of the Year Award.
Laura, owner of a bookkeeping business in Northampton, received the award from Fabian Hamilton MP, at the IAB Finance and Small Business Awards ceremony for 2012.
Mr Hamilton (President of the IAB) took time out from his busy schedule to host the awards at the Houses of Parliament on May 16th.
The International Association of Bookkeepers is the leading UK and international professional body for those providing bookkeeping and related accounting services to small businesses.
Quentin Pain, founder of British software company Accountz.com, congratulated Laura, stating: "Laura has shown that if you have a clear idea of what you want and are prepared to work hard for it, then you can defy the odds and succeed. She is a credit to British business."
Quentin also offered his support for the IAB, declaring 'the IAB are the only British bookkeeping association whose exams are accredited by OfQual. Business owners need to understand finance and bookkeeping, and should be aware that they can hire bookkeepers accredited by the IAB.'
Accountz (accountz.com) is a British software manufacturing company based in the heart of the Fens. Over the course of the last 25 years it has developed and produced an award winning range of HMRC accredited bookkeeping software.