The results of the community awards 2014, sponsored by Clear Books are out... and for those curious to know who scooped the top titles this year, here they are, with scores as of today.
Member of the Year
You voted for Andy.Partridge as member of the Year in 2014, with Portia coming a close second and ShirleyM as third.
Andy has however declined to accept the award due to concerns about polling, which now will go to Portia as a result.
Andy was however described on an earlier thread by Jaywood as having an "incredibly sharp mind" and being "a logical thinker".
"Does not get side tracked by personal issues. A thoughtful contributor. Genuinely wants to help," he said.
Congrats to our top three members of the year - and to Portia who has scooped the top prize.
Blogger of the Year
This year's best blogger title has been scooped by Man of Kent, followed by The Financial Controller's Diary and Jennifer Adams' The Final Straw.
Kent Accountant's blog focuses on sharing ideas with other sole/small practitioners and passes on advice to those looking to start out on their own.
Well done Kent!
Tech champion of the Year
Paul Scholes scooped this prize, getting around 37% of votes. Close behind was member JC and AccountingWEB's own John Stokdyk.
Scholes was described by nominators as a "top banana", leader in the paperless revolution and by Maslins as having a lot of knowledge on the various accounting software solutions.
We salute you Scholes!
Tax/technical whiz of the Year
There are a number of excellent contributors on AccountingWEB in this area, but you voted for Steve Kesby as top, taking 38% of the vote. He was followed in second place by Portia and Johngroganjga.
Non voted for categories
Quote of the Year: Nisha Patel (A Mum and an Accountant) on the Practice Excellence Conference 2014: "I feel like I've been to a rock concert for accountants! In awe and inspired at meeting all the people on @AccountingWEBuk for real."
Most thanked member of the Year: ireallyshouldknowthisbut with 243 thanks overall in 2014.
Personality of the Year:
For personality of the year we took a look at some of our best commentators and bloggers and have chosen our top three:
- Pension Playpen's Henry Tapper - as auto enrolment starts impacting a lot of our members and their clients, Henry stepped up to the mark to deliver informative and humorous blogs about the topic for our audience. He was also a finalist at The Pitch 2014, where he brought that knowledge with him to the audience there. Congrats Henry!
- Second is long-term blogger Philip Fisher, whose blogs about theatre, audio-visual and the profession in general are peppered with his unique style and well-read. Thanks Philip for being a great community member and personality!
- Third but by no means least is Simon Sweetman, another of our long standing bloggers and contributors, who certainly injects his personality into every piece he writes. Thanks Simon for bringing such great content to our site and for keeping us informed on the latest issues affecting the profession, both politically and otherwise.
Thread of the Year: Top thread (most commented) was the debate about Scottish Independence, Any Scottish members out there? with 16,563 views and 589 comments.
You've all been amazing members this year - thank you for participating in the site and for making this a great community for both the editorial team to work with and for everyone to participate in.
This year our level of engagement, traffic, and users rose dramatically on previous years, meaning there are now more and more of you - and so some very exciting things ahead for 2015 - including our second Practice Excellence Conference!
Have a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.