Nick Craggs

Nick Craggs - Premier Training

I studied agriculture at university and came home to work on the family farm.  Whilst doing that I started to do bookkeeping and management accounts for other farmers and agricultural business.  I then decided that I enjoyed it and would like a formal qualification in accountancy.  So I studied the AAT at my local college.  After I completed the AAT course, I was asked by the college to teach the tax units, which I greatly enjoyed.

Once I had my level 4 qualification I applied for a practice licence from the AAT and set up my own practice under the AAT’s members in practice scheme, which I really recommend.  I wanted to further my knowledge, (and be able to charge more per hour!) so I looked at becoming a Chartered Accountant.  Unfortunately to undergo the training to become a Chartered Accountant you have to work for a Chartered Accountant for a number of years, so I applied for a job at the largest firm of accountants in the area.

I kept my own practice as small sideline, but here I got access to all areas of the profession.  Not just preparing accounts, but I would work on tax returns, trust accounts, VAT returns, payroll, as well as preparing monthly management accounts for multimillion pound companies.  I also managed a number of audits on companies in various industries varying from a national hotel chain to a lingerie importer!

I kept teaching at college on an evening, and was asked by other distance learning providers to write Sage material and bookkeeping manuals, which became quite a lucrative sideline for me.  After producing a number of manuals I became an examiner for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, writing a number of exams for them including payroll.  I also wrote the official Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Self Assessment Tax text book.

I have also worked as an exam moderator for the International Association of Bookkeepers.

In 2011 I completed my charted exams, meanwhile winning the Pass magazine, Trainee Accountant of the Year for the UK and Ireland in 2009.

After qualifying I decided that a life in audit, and having to record how I spent every minute of every day, so I can bill someone for it, wasn’t for me.  I took up a full time teaching role and Premier Training and have never regretted it.  Here I teach all areas of the AAT, specialising in tax and the ICB (including payroll and self assessment).

I have recently, in conjunction with James our IT specialist, been developing our online resources and E-learning.