Success for ACCA members at British Accountancy Awards
ACCA members were well represented amongst the winners at this year’s British Accountancy Awards, held in London on 29 November.
Norfolk-based Farnell Clarke had more reasons than anyone to celebrate, walking off with an unprecedented hat trick of awards:
most innovative practice – overall (credited for a ‘trendy’ feel that stands out from other practices)
most innovative practice – independent (credited for actually undertaking innovation, rather than just paying lip service)
independent firm of the year – East, England (credited for combining both tremendous growth with a strong focus on people and management).
Cumbrian accountants JF Hornby also stood out, impressively retaining both titles won in 2015 - ‘independent firm of the year – North of England’ and the overall ‘independent firm of the year’ title. Commenting on their win, Paul Hornby FCCA (managing director) says: ‘We are in dreamland being named as best independent firm of the year for successive years. I think the achievement is unprecedented and really highlights the “x factor” we have in our firm. More than most we stick to our family-friendly roots which just sums us up!’
Meanwhile, Salhan Accountants , whose managing director is Madan Salhan FCCA, were named ‘independent firm of the year – Midlands’.
Wirral-based practice Woods Squared picked up two ‘highly commended’ awards, in the categories for ‘independent firm of the year, North England’ and ‘most innovative practice – independent’.
In the individual awards, all five on the short-list for ‘new practitioner of the year’ were ACCA members, with the award presented by ACCA’s head of technical advisory, Glenn Collins, to a worthy winner in Chris Barnard from Crunch Accounting. The judges commented ‘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.’
The Infinity Partnership’s Greg Houston ran Chris close, picking up a ‘highly commended’.