Now in their ninth year, the awards are bigger than ever, with around 200 firms duking it out over 11 categories.
Hosted by Canadian comedian and TV panellist Katherine Ryan, award winners included newcomers to the Accounting Excellence family such as Next Level Business and Pell Artists, as well as previous nominees including Farnell Clarke and flinder.
The landmark Small Practice award was as hotly contested as ever, while other areas such as Specialist Team demonstrated the growth of niche firms or teams with outstanding entries from a variety of fields.
New to this year’s event was the Investing in People Award, the inclusion of which marks a surge in employee training and wellbeing initiative among firms in recent years.
Speaking at the ceremony AccountingWEB editor Tom Herbert commented that while the profession had seen incredible change in a relatively short space of time, accountants have adapted and flourished in uncertain times and the awards were a reflection of the inspiration and innovation present in the profession.
Glenn Collins, head of technical advisory at awards partner ACCA and awards judge commented: “Advances in technology inevitably are creating a fluid landscape, one that’s full of opportunities for accountants who are innovative in their approach. ACCA celebrates our members and the value they bring to the UK, the profession and the businesses they support. It is a privilege to sit on the judging panel and see their great achievements recognised at these awards tonight.”
Winners of the Software Excellence Awards were also announced, with a record number of votes cast by the profession for their favourite tools and platforms – full details are available here.
Look out for further coverage in the weeks and months ahead as the winners share the secrets of their success and AccountingWEB presents more detailed findings on trends within the profession.
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The award winners announced were:
Small Firm of the Year – supported by Xero
Winner: Next Level Business Ltd
Finalists: Purpose., Walji & Co, Infinity Partnership, Mazuma
Medium Firm of the Year – supported by FreeAgent
Winner: Farnell Clarke Ltd
Finalists: Green and Co, Nordens, Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants, Inspire
Large Firm of the Year – supported by TaxCalc
Finalists: Kreston Reeves, MHA Carpenter Box, Ellacotts, Duncan & Toplis
New Firm of the Year – supported by Cashplus
Finalists: Bee Accountancy, Youtopia Solutions Ltd, Giffords Chartered Accountants, CBTax
Fast-track Firm of the Year – supported by Capitalise
Finalists: Inform Accounting Ltd, Sterling Accounting Solutions, HannawayCA, Clear House Accountants
Innovative Firm of the Year – supported by Receipt Bank
Finalists: Pell Artists Ltd, Crunch, MHA Carpenter Box, Thorne Widgery
Specialist Team of the Year
Winner: Pell Artists
Finalists: Duncan & Toplis, UHY Hacker Young (East), E3 Consulting, Performance Accountancy
Client Service Award
Winner: Green and Co
Finalists: Crunch, Kreston Reeves, Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants, Mazuma
Investing in People Award – supported by QuickBooks
Winner: Seymour Taylor
Finalists: DNS Accountants LLP, Ellacotts, Kreston Reeves. Whitley Stimpson
Practice Pioneer of the Year – supported by Sage
Winner: Daniel Crowther (Thorne Widgery)
Finalists: Simon Cowie (Infinity Partnership), Gloria Murray (Murray Associates), Kieran Phelan (Cloud 360 Accounting), Nathan Keeley (MHA Carpenter Box)
Software Pioneer of the Year – supported by Convertr
Winner: Ollie Maitland (Capitalise)
Finalists: Alex Hawke (AccountancyManager), Caroline Plumb (Fluidly), Sinead McHale (Satago), Nathan Keeley (MHA Carpenter Box)