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Winners from Accounting Excellence 2022
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Accounting Excellence is back and bigger than ever

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Accounting Excellence Awards 2023 has launched today, with new categories for DEI and ESG, international firms, finance directors and marketing. 

14th Feb 2023
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Rather than write a love letter to their beloved this Valentine’s Day, accountants will instead be dipping the quill in the ink and penning one about their practice as the Accounting Excellence Awards opens for entries on the most romantic day of the year. 

The Accounting Excellence Awards gives firms the opportunity to express the reasons why they fell in love with their firm; whether that's their passion for client service, their desire to embrace technology or how they dote on their employees. 

New awards for 2023

Now in its thirteenth year, the prestigious accounting awards continues to grow with over 20 awards up for grabs including seven new categories. 

Alongside the competitive categories firm awards like Small Firm of the Year, Mid-Sized firm of the year and Large firm of the year, this year sees the launch of the brand new International firm of the year, two separate Pride awards for Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and the Digital Transformation award to recognise technology innovation.  

In addition to Breakout Star of the Year and the Outstanding Contribution Award the Accounting Excellence Awards also boasts two new individual awards: the Practice Leader of the Year and Finance Director of the Year. 

Meanwhile, the brand new Marketing Team of the Year is a new addition to the service line award line up, which also includes audit, bookkeeping, payroll and tax.  

Benefits of entering Accounting Excellence

Discover all the benefits of winning an Accounting Excellence Award:
  1. Stand out from the crowd and distinguish yourself from your competitors.
  2. Grow your firm by attracting new customers and reinforcing your current customers’ faith in your performance.
  3. Motivate your team members and attract new talent.
  4. Increased publicity and awareness on AccountingWEB and across social media.
  5. Build new connections, learn from others and be able to share your success, and the stage, with your partners and employees. 
  6. The accounting party of the year! Celebrate your success with your colleagues, network with your peers and party until late – don’t miss your chance to be there!

New judges, new venue and new sponsors

Casting their eyes over the award entries will be some of the most respected names in the profession including past winners (like flinder’s Alastair Barlow, Mazuma’s Lucy Cohen and former Jeffreys Henry partner Bhimal Hira), professional body representatives (like ACCA’s Glenn Collins, past president of the ATT Jeremy Coker, ICAEW west of England president Ololade Adesanya and ICB’s Ami Copeland) and industry giants such as Mark Lee, Della Hudson, Steve Collings, Jason Croke and many more.

This year entrants will be required to provide specific data points such as fee income, number of clients and staff numbers alongside the narrative of how their firm has achieved excellence over the past 12 months. 

Award hopefuls have up until 14 April to craft their entry and then it is over to the judges to sort through before the finalists are announced on 30 June. The winners will be revealed in a starry event at the iconic Roundhouse in London on 3 October. 

Intuit QuickBooks is the headline sponsor for the Accounting Excellence awards. Bright, Dext, IRIS, Moneypenny, PracticeWeb, TaxCalc, Sage and Xero are supporting categories   

This year’s awards builds on the success of the 2022 Accounting Excellence Awards, which was hosted by Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Taylor and saw Paul Aplin awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award 25 years after he filed the UK’s first electronic personal tax return – something that started a revolution in the UK tax administration. 

Last year award entrants attributed their success to clients' growing demand for an outsourced finance function and the maturing of services like bookkeeping to support plans at that point to prepare for Making Tax Digital for income tax self assessment. The squeeze of recruitment continued to bother firms as entrants responded to this challenge by looking beyond learning and development and focused on embedding remote working into their practices post-Covid and seeing accountancy as a 'human-to-human' profession. 

Firm Awards

  • Small Firm of the Year, sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks
  • Mid-Tier Firm of the Year, sponsored by TaxCalc
  • Large Firm of the Year, sponsored by Dext
  • New Firm of the Year, sponsored by Xero
  • International Firm of the Year
  • Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Mercia
  • Client Service Award: Small/Mid-Tier/Large, sponsored by Moneypenny
  • Sole Practitioner of the Year
  • AccountingWEB Pride Award - DEI*, sponsored by Bright
  • AccountingWEB Pride Award - ESG, sponsored by Bright
  • Digital Transformation Award, sponsored by Sage
  • Client Transformation Award

Individual Awards

  • Finance Director of the Year
  • Practice Leader of the Year
  • Breakout Star of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks

Service Line Awards

  • Bookkeeping Team of the Year, sponsored by IRIS
  • Tax Team of the Year
  • Payroll Team of the Year
  • Progressive Audit Firm of the Year
  • Marketing Team of the Year, sponsored by PracticeWeb