AccountingWEB editor John Stokdyk reports on a glorious night at the ICB’s LUCA Award ceremony.
It's not every day you get to experience a Gwyneth Paltrow moment. But on Wednesday night I found myself on the stage at BAFTA shaking hands with Prince Michael.
To bring our story back into the world of accounts, AccountingWEB had just been handed the 2015 LUCA accounting media of the year award from the patron of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
The prize was all the sweeter because six weeks ago, I had been in the audience when PQ Magazine beat us to the equivalent prize from the AIA. Always a gent, PQ editor Graham Hambly was happy to settle affairs at 1-1 for the year, and so are we.
It's also worth pointing out that the ICB and its awards scheme is an international venture, so the congratulations should be shared with our colleagues on AccountingWEB.com. They've undergone a dramatic transformation this year and are paving the way for making AccountingWEB a truly global community.
What was most heartening were the good wishes from ICB members who came up to me at the ceremony to tell me how useful AccountingWEB is in their working lives. “It's a great place to find answers when you come up against a new twist,” said one accountant-bookkeeper.
I was surprised by how many ICB folk are also members of AccountingWEB, including Sarah Douglas who is a great contributor to our Sage 50 discussion group and who picked up a Luca herself last year for small firm of the year.
We’ve been talking to ICB president Gary Carter and his team for some time about how AccountingWEB can offer more support to bookkeepers. We are both very member-focused organisations and recognise that the value of what we do lies in what people bring to the party.
There is no greater reward than to get recognition from professional groups such as the ICB, and our little statuette of the father of double-entry is a great way to focus our attention on the possibilities for collaborating more in the future.
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AccountingWEB was in good company on Wednesday evening alongside a who’s who of bookkeeping who were nominated for the 21 different LUCA categories. The full list of nominees is available on the ICB’s LUCA Awards website. Congratulations are due to all the other nomineers, but the winners on the night were:
- Student of the Year - Alison Duncan, Ideal Schools
- Tutor of the Year - Stephen Capeling, Training Link
- Strategic Partner in Russia - Rosatom
- Employed Bookkeeper of the Year - Laurie Austen
- Employer of the Year - Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd
- Global Bookkeeping Week social media campaign - T-Sheets
- Charity Bookkeeper of the Year - Carolyn Charman
- Contribution to Financial Management - AZERSU
- Accounting Media of the Year - AccountingWEB
- Small Practice of the Year - Another Answer Ltd
- Large Practice of the Year - Cashtrak
- New Practice of the Year - CL Shipley Bookkeeping Services
- Small Business Bank of the Year - Barclays
- Effective Implementation of IFRS - Belgazprombank
- Bookkeeping Software of the Year - Sage
- Add-on of the Year - Receipt Bank
- Small Business Support Service of the Year - HMRC
- Employer of the Year - Ulba Metallurgical Plant
- Small Accredited Training Provider of the Year - Kaplan
- Large Accredited Training Provider of the Year - Training Link
- Outstanding Service to the Bookkeeping Profession in Canada - Alan Salmon, director of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada