The British Accountancy Awards will return to the spectacular Old Brewery in London on Tuesday 24 November. Will your practice be short-listed for an award?
Full list of categories The best independent firms within six regions across England, as well as Scotland and Wales, will be honoured – with the overall ‘independent firm of the year’ drawn from this list.
Individual excellence awards will recognise the ‘practitioner of the year – sponsored by ACCA’, ‘new practitioner of the year’, ‘training team of the year’ and ‘outstanding contribution’.
Other categories will honour the global and mid-tier firms of the year as well as the top teams within firms in Accountancy Age’s Top 50 firms in the following specialisms: tax, audit, restructuring, corporate finance, advisory, pensions and wealth management.
How to enter The awards are open to all accountancy firms (including non-ACCA firms). Create your entry statement and upload any supporting documentation. This can be updated and altered at any time until you choose to submit your entry, giving you time to review and revise your entry.
You can increase your chances of winning by considering the following:
do stick to the criteria for your category
use KPIs and supporting stats to demonstrate the financial impact of what has been described in the entry
consider the narrative that helps ‘sell’ the story about how the firm has performed
use supplementary information to project the personality of the firm: eg what makes it different (perhaps a focus on social responsibility)
client testimonials are really important – they demonstrate independent verification.
Still wondering ‘why’? In this videoAccountancy Age editor Kevin Reed talks to Peter Gillman, consultant to, and former managing director of, Price Bailey (which won ‘large firm of the year 2010’ and ‘audit firm of the year 2013’) who is on the judging panel. Together they highlight:
the fantastic recognition for your staff for all award winners
the integrity and esteem bestowed on winners who have been independently assessed by others
the marketing opportunities winning presents (Lamont Pridmore credited its 2012 success with generating an additional £100k in fees in the subsequent year).
As Peter Gillman says: ‘Focus on what sets you or your firm apart and what you do really well. This might be a niche part of the market which you have really focused on.’
The deadline for entries – which are free – is Friday 17 July.
If you have any queries about the entry process, ACCA is here to support you. Just email us