The 2019 Accounting Excellence Award finalists revealed

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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:

Small Firm of the Year

Infinity Partnership
Next Level Business Ltd
Walji & Co

Medium Firm of the Year

Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants
Farnell Clarke Ltd
Green and Co

Large Firm of the Year

Duncan & Toplis
Kreston Reeves
MHA Carpenter Box

New Firm of the Year

Bee Accountancy
Giffords Chartered Accountants
Youtopia Solutions Ltd

Fast-track Firm of the Year

Clear House Accountants
Inform Accounting Ltd
Sterling Accounting Solutions

Innovative Firm of the Year

MHA Carpenter Box
Pell Artists Ltd
Thorne Widgery

Client Service Award

Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants
Green and Co
Kreston Reeves

Specialist Team of the Year

Duncan & Toplis
E3 Consulting
Pell Artists
Performance Accountancy
UHY Hacker Young (East)

Investing in People Award

DNS Accountants LLP
Kreston Reeves
Seymour Taylor
Whitley Stimpson

Practice Pioneer of the Year

Daniel Crowther
Gloria Murray
Kieran Phelan
Nathan Keeley
Simon Cowie

Software Pioneer of the Year

Alex Hawke
Caroline Plumb
Nathan Keeley
Ollie Maitland
Sinead McHale

Software Innovation of the Year

Adaptive Insights
Intuit QuickBooks ‘SmartLook’
Xavier Analytics

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.​

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