The votes are in. The judges have finished deliberating. It's time to roll out the red carpet because here are the contenders for accountancy’s most sought after prize, the Accounting Excellence awards.
The finalists announced today will vie for victory in a black-tie event hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan in London on 12 September.
With 300 registrations and 189 entries spread across 12 categories in practice and software, the Accounting Excellence Awards looks set to be a tight race between all the finalists.
Poring over the award entries this year was a who’s who of the profession. Past winners Kinder Pocock’s Sharon Pocock, The Accountancy Office’s Sarah Sallis and The Accountancy Cloud’s Wesley Rashid joined respected industry heavyweights like Della Hudson, ACCA’s Glenn Collins and Alex Falcon-Huerta at the Bristol Harbour Hotel to deliberate the entries.
The fierce competition from this year's entries sparked a few lively debates, as the judges went back and forth on hotly contested categories such as Small Firm of the Year and New Firm of the Year.
New this year is the Investing in People category. This award recognises what firms are doing to adapt to the always-on crisis that has besieged the profession. The judges found that the finalists are combatting this challenge through flexible working, a culture of continuous learning, and a wider interest in the community beyond the office walls.
The Investing in People category reflects the profession’s current grapple with recruitment, which was a challenge felt across all categories this year.
Now in its ninth year, the Accounting Excellence Awards celebrates those who are driving excellence in the profession.
So who is in the running for this year's awards? Here are the finalists, listed in alphabetical order within their categories:
The 2019 Accounting Excellence Awards would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and the efforts of their representatives on our judging panels.
Our thanks go to them and all the other judges: John Stokdyk (AccountingWEB), Sharon Pocock (Kinder Pocock), Della Hudson (former practice owner and author of ‘The Numbers Business’), Tom Herbert (AccountingWEB), Glen Foster (Xero), Tony Margaritelli (ICPA), Glenn Collins (ACCA), Alex Falcon-Huerta (Soaring Falcon Accountancy), Yogesh Patel (Godley & Co), Jen Gerrard (Gerrard Financial Consulting), Richard Hattersley (AccountingWEB), Patrick Herlinger (Cashplus), Kevin Reed (Accounting and finance journalist), Nikki Adams (Ad Valorem), Chris Maslin (Maslins Ltd), Christian Terry (ACCA), Francois Badenhorst (AccountingWEB), Blaire Palmer (That People Thing), Carl Reader (d&t chartered accountants), Matt Portt (Portt & Co), Mike Goldsmith (AccountingWEB), Sophie Austin (MHA Monahans), Nigel Adams (Ad Valorem), Sarah Sallis (Accountancy Office) and Alan Woods (Woods Squared).
Accounting Excellence is AccountingWEB's programme of excellence, inspiration and celebration for the accounting profession. If you would like to hear more about the programme, please visit the Accounting Excellence website.