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Meet our PQ of the Year

Say hello and a very well done to Manuy Figueroa – musician, AAT and our PQ of the Year 2016

May 2016

Manuy Figueroa isn’t your typical PQ. Well, he’s the PQ magazine’s PQ of the Year 2016 for a start. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is how much he loves his numbers. And he also loves salsa just as much!
During the week Manuy works for St Mary’s Services Chartered Certified Accountants, but at the weekend he plays bass and percussion for Latin American music makers Manzana Tropical.
Our PQ of the Year couldn’t make the awards night. Unfortunately, he was at home getting over a bout of chickenpox. When he was back at work we travelled to south London to see what the future holds for him.
Manuy said accountancy was an obvious choice for him. It provides job security and chance to travel the world and still do his music. With so many SMEs in the UK the need for accountants just keeps on growing, he says.
Manuy started his accountancy life on an AAT apprenticeship programme. He is now AAT qualified and is working as an accounts co-ordinator. But his life will change drastically come September, when he starts his accounting and finance degree at Leeds Beckett University. That means he is taking the summer off from studying. He has been at it since January 2013, when he started AAT, and did it all quickly, qualifying at the end of 2015.
At St Mary’s Services he helps with self-assessment tax and VAT returns and the financial accounts for limited and sole traders. He also manages a number of apprentices. Then there are the monthly management accounts. It’s full on – he’s the only accountant working there at the moment.
Manuy did look at starting his ACCA studies, but discovered he got nine exemptions on the Leeds Beckett course and he could go straight into the second year. When asked what his favourite AAT subject was, he says he loved the whole of Level 4. “It 100% related to my work, every single assessment made sense,” he said.
Surprisingly, he disliked Level 3 professional ethics the most, mainly because it involved a lot of writing and he is a numbers man.
When it came to study and revision, Manuy tried to do something on a weekly basis. He stressed that it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it is something! Even if you are reading a page a day you are doing something, he said.
Manuy found the Osborne books “fantastic” and the Training Place material “was also really good”.
Winning the PQ of the Year has been a fantastic boost to his confidence, he said. The staff at St Mary’s are very proud of their man, there was a lot of screaming and jumping around when he came into the office, he said. Manuy still had a big smile on his face when PQ visited.

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