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Taking Stock: Leap of faith at the British Accountancy Awards 2013

TAKING STOCK has always looked forward to the British Accountancy Awards. There was some trepidation this year, what with our various treasonous acts over the years, that a beefeater might lock us up in the Tower of London [the awards venue – Ed]. Surprisingly for TS, we avoided spending an eternity throwing stones at ravens.

So we can report back on what was another cracking night in the accountancy calendar. Mild-mannered comedian Miles Jupp kept the audience titivated by playing up his complete ignorance of the sector – saying that, having compered gigs with nurses and firemen, he was delighted to be celebrating the achievement of “the real heroes”. TS doesn’t believe he was being sarcastic.

Outstanding Contribution winner, AC Mole & Sons’ Paul Aplin, spoke of messing up collecting his OBE from the Queen in 2009 – to which his Mum said: “You’ll end up in the Tower of London for that.”

“And here I am!” was Paul’s punchline. A cute anecdote to end the ‘formal’ part of the evening.

But the unofficial hero of the evening was Graham Lamont, boss of Lamont Pridmore, who picked up three awards on behalf of his firm. He wasn’t a hero for the awards, but his refusal to take the long-winded way to receive them – instead leaping several feet up on stage in an effort to keep the event ticking along…giving us all extra precious seconds dancing to ‘80s classics. TS salutes you Graham.

Please find a pic of Graham post-leap:

British Accountancy Awards 2013 Overall Independent Firm of the Year

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