Awards 2007: Medium Firm of the Year

AA Awards

Sponsored by Peninsula

Winner: Silver Levene

In an age in which the names of accountancy firms no longer refer to the
families that founded them, Silver Levene is unusual.

A third-generation family firm, it boasts several members of the original
families, Silver and Levene, which founded the firm.

Howard Levene is head of strategy and corporate finance, while Anthony Silver
is head of media. Another Silver, Adam, has just joined, heading up the IT
services department.

The judges said: ‘They have put in some really significant effort. There was
clear evidence of a client focus and they demonstrated some real innovation,
knew where their strengths lay and played to them superbly.’

The firm made £8.7m in its most recently released numbers, a growth rate of
more than 20% over two years, despite significant restructuring.

Perhaps one of the more innovative things the firm has done is to develop an
office in China, remarkable for a firm of its size. It hopes to help Chinese
companies enter the UK market.

In the past 12 months it has helped bring ten companies to OFEX and is set to
bring one client to AIM.

It has also outsourced all of its typing to Bangalore, cutting its
administration costs by more than 50%. On top of that it has scanned all its
files, meaning it is close, it says, to becoming a paperless office.

With a staff of 100 and based in Warren Street in London, Silver Levene is
the largest ACCA practice in the UK.

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