Excellence is about going above and beyond in whatever the business you’re in. It’s about innovation, inspiration and, very often, perspiration.
It’s measured in client wins and retentions rather than chargeable hours, and earnings per share over the medium-term rather than a – perhaps – inflated flotation price.
And does excellence matter? Well yes it does. And probably even more so in these troubled economic times than when all is well.
Excellence is what last night’s Accountancy Age Awards sought to celebrate.
It’s a concept that is evident in all the organisations and individuals that picked up awards: from Ernst & Young to Exchequer Software, Levy Gee to Ford Campbell, BBC FD John Smith to Inland Revenue chairman Nick Montagu.
These businesses and businesspeople have set a benchmark by which others will be judged over the next 12 months.
And they shouldn’t rest on their laurels either. They have set a standard by which their future performance will also be measured.
Andrew Howson joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in advising private equity and corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Europe
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'