Epworth bookkeeper set to meet royalty after award nomination

L to r:- Garry Carter, chief executive officer of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Carol Shipley and Jennifer Warawa, of Sage accounting business.
L to r:- Garry Carter, chief executive officer of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Carol Shipley and Jennifer Warawa, of Sage accounting business.
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An isle woman has been nominated for a prestigious award - just months after set up her own bookkeeping business.

Carol Shipley formed C L Shipley Bookkeeping Services in January after completing a course in bookkeeping at the back end of last year with training provider Training Link.

She is now set to rub shoulders with royalty after being nominated for the Student of the Year gong at the annual Luca Awards, described as the ‘Oscars of the bookkeeping world,’

Carol was due to attend the glittering ceremony last night, after the Epworth Bells went to press, at the plush BAFTA 195 Piccadilly venue in London.

The ceremony, organised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, is hosted by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who was expected to mingle with guests at a champagne reception before the event.

The 51-year-old Epworth mum said: “It is an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award after being in business for such a short amount of time.

“It would be great to meet Prince Michael and to attend such a glamorous venue.

“The BAFTA awards are hosted there each year so who knows I may be sat in George Clooney’s seat!

“It should be a great night though and I’m really looking forward to it.

“Fingers crossed I win but the experience will be great either way.”

Carol is up for the award alongside Alison Duncan and Eszter Petrinovics, who trained with Ideal Schools.

It is the sixth annual awards ceremony and winners take home bronze statuettes of Luca Pacioli, a Cistercian monk who is credited with inventing the process of double entry bookkeeping that endures today.

Read next week’s Epworth Bells to find out if Carol won.