Bookkeepers dazzle at ICB LUCA Awardsby
Hot on the heels of the Accounting Excellence Award show last week, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) held its annual LUCA awards for bookkeepers and software vendors.
The ICB’s 25th anniversary dinner and 12th annual LUCA Awards drew the cream of the profession to The Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square in their finest outfits to bring a taste of West End glitz to the proceedings.
The evening also celebrated the ICB’s 25th anniversary. The institute was founded by Garry and June Carter with the support of the then small business minister. The ICB’s Royal patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent was there to celebrate the occasion, along with shadow minister for BEIS Seema Malhotra, who praised the work of the ICB and all bookkeepers who helped businesses thrive and stay on top of their accounts during the pandemic.
Lovely to join tonight to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and for the 12th LUCA awards. Congratulations to all the nominees, and a huge thankyou to all attending tonight for all you do in support of our nation’s SMBs. pic.twitter.com/wL3FKJevrI
— Seema Malhotra MP (@SeemaMalhotra1) November 2, 2021
Companionship of ICB
Before announcing the main prizewinners, the institute conferred 25 Companionship of ICB awards on beneficiaries including Xero UK’s Gary Turner, Rebecca Benneyworth, Della Hudson and even Eddie Izzard and Sir Mick Jagger, though the last two were sadly not in attendance.
The LUCA awards are named for Luca Pacioli, the Cistercian monk who is credited with first documenting the process of double-entry bookkeeping that endures today. To mark the anniversary year, the award statuettes of the monk were moulded in silver.
Alongside the member awards some of the industry’s biggest brands picked up supplier awards, including Sage, Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent. Smaller and newer suppliers were honoured as well, including Fluidly and Senta, along with Nomisma, a nominee in multiple categories.
The full list of LUCA Award winners are:
● Student of the year: Sharon Aplin MICB
● Tutor of the year: Louise Woodhouse MICB PM.Dip from Ideal Schools
● Employed Bookkeeper/Team of the year: Another Answer Ltd
● Employer of the year: Cashtrak Ltd - Carol Webb FICB PM.Dip
● Apprentice of the year: Emma Saggers, Bishopsgate Pay
● Apprenticeship training provider of the year: MBKB Training
● Data and expenses app of the year: AutoEntry
● Payroll and HR software of the year: Brightpay
● Business bank of the year: Starling Bank
● Practice management app of the year: AccountancyManager
● Social media influencer of the year: Nicola Payne MICB PM.Dip
● Financial services provider of the year: Fluidly
● Reporting and analysis app of the year: Intuit QuickBooks
● Small training provider of the year: Oxbridge
● New practice of the year: AJ Consultants & Bookkeepers Limited - Anish Jose MICB PM.Dip
● Small practice of the year: LJM Bookkeeping - Lara Manton MICB
● Large practice of the year: Jo Wood Virtual FD Ltd - Joanne Wood FICB PM.Dip
● Branch of the year: Lincolnshire - Laura Murphy MICB PM.Dip & Clare Kendall MICB
● Client app of the year: FreeAgent
● Tax and accounts production software of the year: TaxFiler
● Friendliest software of the year: Senta
● Large training provider of the year: Training Link
● Bookkeeping software of the year: Xero
● Bookkeeping personality of the year: Lucy Brown FICB PM.Dip, ICB
● The Michael Kintore Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Bookkeeping Profession: Sage
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