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British Accountancy Awards 2016: The Winners

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IT HAS BEEN another glittering night in the accountancy calendar. A range of practices big and small, plus outstanding individuals, have been rewarded for their efforts in the British Accountancy Awards 2016.

 

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Outstanding Contribution Award

Winner: John Whiting

Editorial comment: The undisputed king of tax punditry who was a fixture of the BBC’s Budget Day broadcasts for many years. His 25-year career with PwC as a tax partner never stopped him from being a man of the people – someone who cut through the haze of technical obfuscation to bring clarity to the masses.

 

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Global Firm of the Year

Winner: BDO

Editorial comment: Congratulations to BDO, who have come top of the pile following a satisfaction survey of finance directors and CFOs by our sister brand Financial Director.

Shortlist: Deloitte; EY; Grant Thornton; KPMG; PwC

 

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National Firm of the Year – Qdos Vantage

Winner: Menzies

Judges’ comments: Menzies evidenced their success – and importantly highlighted their investment in young people. There was also transparency in the financial information they provided the judges.

Shortlist: Francis Clark; Johnston Carmichael; Mazars; Saffery Champness; Smith & Williamson

 

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Mid-Tier Firm of the Year – sponsored by Iris Software

Winner: Jeffreys Henry

Judges’ comments: They told a story of how to deal with what is happening in the profession: They’ve invested in IT, worked towards specialisms, and are concerned with staff wellbeing. They explained and evidenced this really well.

Highly commended: Crunch Accounting

Shortlist: Bishop Fleming; Ensors Accountants; Kreston Reeves; PKF-FPM; Price Bailey; Shorts

 

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Independent Firm of the Year (overall)

Winner: JF Hornby

Judges’ comments: They demonstrated strong use of social media, tax savings for clients, impressive profits, along with both a local and international view. The standout practice.

Shortlist: Farnell Clarke; Inspire Professional Services; Nicolson Accountancy; Nordens; Salhan Accountants; Wilson Wright

 

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Independent Firm of the Year East, England

Winner: Farnell Clarke

Judges’ comments: They managed to combine not only tremendous growth, but were strong on people and management. A welcome team for new clients was also a nice touch.

Shortlist: 1 Accounts Online; aa Chartered Accountants; Aston Shaw; Watermill Accounting

 

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Independent Firm of the Year Greater London, England – sponsored by Global Infosys

Winner: Wilson Wright

Judges’ comments: A firm that showed it is trying to build a sustainable business model, which included consistent growth and office expansion.

Shortlist: DH Accounts & Legal; Taxfile

 

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Independent Firm of the Year Midlands, England

Winner: Salhan Accountants

Judges’ comments: They are highly professional and have shown integrity is vital to their values.

Shortlist: Coalesco Certified Accountants; Denarius Consulting Group; Poole Waterfield

 

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Independent Firm of the Year – North, England

Winner: JF Hornby

Judges’ comments: The firm demonstrated a good family feel, while also balancing that out with leveraging technology to grow their business.

Highly commended: Woods Squared

Shortlist: Bishops Chartered Accountants; CS Accounting Limited; DEB Chartered Accountants; Mossley Tax Shop; Northern Accountants; Walker Begley Limited

 

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Independent Firm of the Year – Scotland

Winner: Nicolson Accountancy

Judges’ comments: They showed good growth, alongside user-friendly and flexible services. A professional firm looking to grow.

Shortlist: Callan Accountancy; Infinity Partnership

 

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Independent Firm of the Year – South East, England

Winner: Nordens

Judges’ comments: Lots of innovation combined with great client care – congrats!

Shortlist: Ad Valorem Accountancy Services; Champ Consultants; Clemence Hoar Cummings; Fiander Tovell; Global Infosys; Reid & Co; Swindells

 

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Independent Firm of the Year, Wales and South-West, England

Winner: Inspire Professional Services

Judges’ comments: Client fees strong for a small firm. Judges were also impressed by the commercial awareness demonstrated by staff, in the entry.

Shortlist: Evans & Partners; Harland Accountants

 

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Most Innovative Practice (overall)

Winner: Farnell Clarke

Judges’ comments: A close call, but Farnell Clarke looking to use tech to drive forward; and has a ‘trendy’ feel that stands it out from other practices.

Shortlist: Deloitte; Cooper Parry

 

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Most Innovative Practice (Large firm) – New

Winner: Deloitte

Judges’ comments: Judges were impressed at the joined-up approach Deloitte took to delivering clients with analytics and manage audit risk.

Shortlist: KPMG; Smith & Williamson

 

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Most Innovative Practice (Mid-tier Firm) – sponsored by Wolters Kluwer – New

Winner: PKF Cooper Parry

Judges’ comments: Described by the judges as a “funky workspace”, designed to empower people. They have also shown how to achieve behavioural change across the business.

Highly commended: Crunch Accounting

Shortlist: HURST; Old Mill; Rouse Partners

 

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Most Innovative Practice (Independent) – sponsored by Energy Scanner – NEW

Winner: Farnell Clarke

Judges’ comments: They transferred their key accounting software provider and have the changed their culture to attract younger, more tech-savvy staff. A practice that is actually undertaking innovation – rather than paying it lip service.

Highly commended: Woods Squared

Shortlist: Ad Valorem Accountancy Services; Aston Shaw; DEB Chartered Accountants; Leavitt Walmsley Associates; Quantify R&D; Square Mile Accounting; Woods Squared

 

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Best Employer – sponsored by Accountancy Age Jobs

Winner: PKF-FPM

Editorial comment: In collaboration with Best Companies Group, an extensive survey was sent out to employees of practices earlier this year. PKF-FPM has topped the overall scoring – well done!

Shortlist: Armstrong Watson; Charterhouse Accountants; The Fish Partnership; HURST; Inspire Professional Services; PKF-FPM; PM+M Solutions for Business; Price Bailey; RDP Newmans; Whitley Stimpson

 

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Most Socially Responsible Practice – New

Winner: Harland Accountants

Judges’ comments: They showed that social responsibility was embedded into their practice. The firm also illustrated how their shared values were measurable.

Shortlist: Aston Shaw; Mossley Tax Shop; Price Bailey; Sayer Vincent; Warner Wilde

 

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New Practice Award – sponsored by Iris Software

Winner: 1 Accounts Online

Judges’ comments: Good growth, a feeling that it is really driven, with a clear strategy. They demonstrated a variety of tools in their armoury to support their direction of travel.

Shortlist: 1 Accounts Online; Francis Bookkeeping Solutions; Integro Accounting; Joshua Leigh & Co; Mantax Consulting; Portt Payroll & Bookkeeping; Quantify R&D; The Accountancy Cloud

 

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Client Software Product of the Year

Winner: Xero

Judges’ comments: A great entry showing innovation and success – it’s no doubt they are still setting the benchmark in the cloud accounting software market.

Shortlist: Adaptive Insights

BlackLine; Expenses by Software Europe; FinancialForce Financial Management; FreeAgent; Thomson Reuters

 

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Practice Software Product of the Year

Winner: Inform Direct

Judges’ comments: They have shown technology can deliver solutions to clients alongside growth. A fantastic entry and a package that practitioners need – but might not know that they need yet.

Shortlist: FreeAgent; Gbooks Cloud Practice Plus; IRIS Software; Keytime; Reckon Virtual Cabinet; TaxCalc; Wolters Kluwer Open Integration Programme; Xero

 

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Top 50 Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Mazars

Judges’ comments: Mazars looks to deal with the major challenges of delivering a modern-day tax service, that of transparency and ethics. Alongside their approach they also illustrated their success with impressive figures.

Highly commended: PKF-FPM

Shortlist: James Cowper Kreston; MHA MacIntyre Hudson; Moore Stephens; Price Bailey

 

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Top 50 Audit Team of the Year – Sponsored by CareersinAudit.com

Winner: MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Judges’ comments: There is an ethical approach to audit that makes the firm stand out from its peers, while also showing a focus on sectors.

Shortlist: Bishop Fleming; haysmacintyre; Kreston Reeves

 

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New Practitioner of the Year – in partnership with the ACCA

Winner: Chris Barnard, Crunch Accounting

Judges’ comments: Chris showed impressive responsibility for dealing with technical issues, and in leading the responses to them. He has played a strong role in expanding Crunch and its technical training.

Highly commended: Greg Houston, Infinity Partnership

Shortlist: Charlotte Wilmot, KPMG; Greg Houston, Infinity Partnership; Michelle McGregor, Lloyds Banking Group; Sophia Spyrou, Nordens

 

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Practitioner of the Year

Winner: Simon Cowie, Infinity Partnership

Judges’ comments: Simon showed that he is leading innovation in what is a very troubled oil industry.

Highly commended: Lee Manning, Raffingers

Shortlist: Anita Brook, Reid & Co; Lisa Emery, Baldwins; Paul Hornby, J F Hornby & Co; Simon Weaver, KPMG

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