Widely-recognised as celebrating the best of the accountancy sector in the UK, ACCA members and their firms have a strong track record of success at the awards in recent years. Last year Norwich-based Farnell Clarke - lead by partner Will Farnell FCCA - took home three awards, namely Most Innovative Practice, Independent Firm of the Year and Independent Firm of the Year East England.
Defining innovation In selecting Farnell Clarke as the most innovative practice, the judges commented: 'Really interesting entry and great to see some of the innovation taking place. The transfer of Kashflow to Xero is impressive and the change of culture to attract younger, more tech savvy staff shows innovation.'
Benefits of winning We asked Farnell Clarke what winning the Most Innovative Practice meant to them: 'It’s great to be able to tell our customers, colleagues and partners that they’re working with – officially – the Best Independent Firm in the East of England and the Most Innovative Practice in the UK. But more than just the prestige, winning the awards has given us a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. Attracting talented, professional and ambitious staff is always a challenge, especially in a relatively small and rural county such as Norfolk. But being able to tempt people with our award-winning status is definitely a plus."
The deadline for entries is Friday 7 July. A strong entry takes time to create. Why not put the awards on the agenda for your next practice meeting and start the process towards being recognised as one of the best accounting practices in the UK. Download an entry pack and full details of how to enter on the dedicated website. The 2017 categories include:
Rising Star of the Year
Partner of the Year
International Firm of the Year
National Firm of the Year
Mid-Tier Firm of the Year
New Practice of the Year
REGIONAL PRACTICE EXCELLENCE
Independent Firm of the Year (Scotland & North, England)
Independent Firm of the Year (Wales & Midlands, England)
Independent Firm of the Year (South, England)
Independent Firm of the Year (East, England)
Independent Firm of the Year (Greater London, England)