Awards and achievements

Rising stars of accountancy revealed in new list


Ten young rising stars of accountancy have been named in a prestigious list highlighting the UK’s top 35 accountants under the age of 35.

Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2021: All the winners revealed in night of celebration


The winners of The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards have been revealed. Find out the full list of winners by clicking below.

Leading accountants celebrate reaching the final of Accounting Excellence Awards 2021


The finalists of The Accounting Excellence Awards have been revealed. Find out the full list of finalists by clicking below.

Haines Watts named in best firms list for focus on staff wellbeing during pandemic


Haines Watts group managing partner Michael Davidson

A strong focus on supporting the well-being of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to Haines Watts being named as one of the top firms to work for – nationally and regionally. The firm is now listed as one of the best 20 companies in the North-East, while making the top ten for UK accountancy. The company’s efforts to tackle stress were recognised by the organisation Best Companies, which has awarded a one-star accreditation for employee engagement.

Milsted Langdon up for award after supporting local businesses in Bath during pandemic


Pictured: Ian Lloyd, Partner and Head of Milsted Langdon’s Bath office

Milsted Langdon is in contention to win one of the Bath Life Awards after being announced as a finalist. The accountancy firm, which has offices across the south-west including Bath, Bristol, Taunton, and Yeovil, was delighted to discover it had received recognition at the awards in the Legal and Financial category.


Yorkshire Accountancy Awards to celebrate the best practices and accountants in the region


The awards ceremony takes place in August 2021

Published 22 July 2021

Scores of accountants and practices are vying for victory at a prestigious awards ceremony in coming weeks.

Nearly 100 individuals or firms are in the final of The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards, which celebrates the achievements and successes of the region’s best and brightest. It takes place on 19 August at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

The organisers of the awards, Barker Brooks Communications, stated: “The award categories are designed to encourage nominations from small independent, mid-tier and large firms, while also offering a wide range of individual and team awards.”

One of the firms to make the final list is Leeds-based Brown Butler, named in two categories: Mid-Tier Firm of the Year and the Tax Service Award.

Tax Director Craig Hughes said: “It is a real honour for our efforts to be recognised at such prestigious regional awards. Our team have worked hard throughout the last 12 months to provide critical advice and support to many different businesses and individuals.”

The full list of finalists and categories stands as follows: Audit Service Award

Armstrong Watson BDO Garbutt + Elliott Best Employer of the Year

Ascentis Accountants Asquith & Co Haines Watts Hunter Gee Holroyd Sheards Accountants Sowerby Chartered Accountants

Brand of the Year

Armstrong Watson BDO Mind Your Assets Wasley Chapman & Co

Corporate Finance Service Award Dow Schofield Watts KPMG

Finance Director of the Year

Anthony Elston, Ridley & Hall Sam Chamberlain, Chamberlain & Co

In-house Finance Team of the Year

Chamberlain & Co Shorts Chartered Accountants Independent Firm of the Year

Business Works Freedom in Numbers Gravitate Accounting Hunter Gee Holroyd Sheards Accountants Sowerby Chartered Accountants Wasley Chapman & Co

Large Firm of the Year

BDO KPMG

Managing Partner of the Year

John Oddy, Ascentis Accountants Michael Chamberlain, Chamberlain & Co Mid-Tier Firm of the Year Armstrong Watson Brown Butler Clever Accounts Hentons

Niche Firm of the Year

CFA Tax Chamberlain & Co Dow Schofield Watts Lyel Accountants

Partner of the Year Chris Etherington, RSM Tim Baum-Dixon, Hentons Vanessa Lee, BDO Rising Star of the Year

Blazej Nowaczyk, Chamberlain & Co Nick Charman, BDO Philip George, Forrester Boyd Sarah Greenwood, Whitesides Chartered Accountants Support Staff of the Year

BHP (IT team) Moosa Sacha, Hentons Rebecca Farhall, Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants Tax Service Award

BDO BHP Brown Butler Garbutt + Elliott KPMG Sagars Team of the Year

Armstrong Watson Hentons (Digital Team) Hentons (Payroll Team) Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants (Job Retention Scheme Team) Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants (Payroll Team) Sowerby Chartered Accountants (Bureau Team) Trainee of the Year

Bonny Augustine, Shenward Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors Charlotte Jackson, Wasley Chapman & Co Lawrence Edwards, BDO Maninder Kaur, Shenward Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors Molly Womersley-Stroud, RSM Sophie Draper, Haines Watts Leeds Sophie Towriss, BDO Will Wood, RSM Yorkshire Accountant of the Year

Beverley Flanagan, Mind Your Assets Cassandra Fennell, CFA Tax John Garbutt, DSC Accountants Phil Silvester, Sowerby Yorkshire Advisor of the Year

Cassandra Fennell, CFA Tax Michael Chamberlain, Chamberlain & Co Natalie Jolly, Freedom in Numbers

Who are the judges?

Shahram Moallemi - Association of International Accountants

Adam Harper - Association of Accounting Technicians John Edwards - Institute of Financial Accountants Richard Wild - Chartered Institute of Taxation Dr James Callaghan - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Eleanor Temple - R3 in Yorkshire Brian Pine - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

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Milsted Langdon up for award after supporting local businesses in Bath during pandemic


Pictured: Ian Lloyd, Partner and Head of Milsted Langdon’s Bath office

Milsted Langdon is in contention to win one of the Bath Life Awards after being announced as a finalist. The accountancy firm, which has offices across the south-west including Bath, Bristol, Taunton, and Yeovil, were delighted to discover they had received recognition at the awards in the Legal and Financial category. Milsted Langdon’s team in Bath has continued to grow in the last year, despite the difficulties of the pandemic, as many local businesses turned to the firm’s professionals for advice and support. The firm said its team has worked hard to not only support those companies experiencing distress, through regular virtual meetings, newsletters and webinars, but also helped many others take advantage of new opportunities.

Ian Lloyd, Partner and Head of Milsted Langdon’s Bath office, said: “We are excited to make this year’s Bath Life Awards shortlist, alongside so many other fantastic local companies. “Thanks has to go to our team and our clients in Bath and beyond, who continue to support our efforts and growth. We are now looking forward to seeing who takes home the top awards later this year.”

The practice, which also has a London office, will discover if they have won on 9 September 2021 at the ceremony at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Held each year, the awards celebrate the city’s best businesses across a variety of sectors, focusing on their growth, success, and delivery of services.

Fast facts Milsted Langdon

Milsted Langdon has offices in Bath, Bristol, London, Taunton and Yeovil and offers a large range of business solutions, from routine compliance matters to specialist tax advice and planning, corporate finance, business intelligence, insolvency, forensic accounting and mediation services. The firm tackles the day-to-day burden of accounts issues, tax, payroll and VAT but also goes beyond that with its specialist team, who look to find solutions that allow businesses to meet their aspirations. They equip entrepreneurs with the tools and systems to plan ahead and achieve their goals, all the while offering strategic advice and specialist skills. To find out more about Milsted Langdon, please visit www.milstedlangdon.co.uk

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FUSE co-founder scoops accolade for empathetic and client-first approach during pandemic


Pictured: Faye Watts, co-founder of FUSE

An accountancy firm has been recognised for providing exceptional client care during the pandemic, with empathy at the core.

Faye Watts, founder of FUSE Accountants, won silver at the Best Business Women Awards. It was the second year running that Faye reached the final and her practice has also been shortlisted previously for the British Accountancy Awards.

Faye believes the accolade came about for the work she and her team carried out sharing free expertise and advice to struggling businesses during the lockdowns. Faye told Your Accountancy Life:

“The feedback from the judges was what we had done throughout the year - putting clients first during COVID - something we always do anyway – was a big factor in the award.
“Our approach became even more apparent during the lockdowns, offering free talks, guidance, advice, sharing, and helping wherever we could. That included things like giving advice on SEISS grants, bounce back loans, and getting our clients through many furlough claims.
“We didn't charge for this kind of advice during that time, it was important for us to help people who were going through turmoil. People’s business were dropping off a cliff and we wanted to be there for them.”

Pictured: The FUSE team

So, what is at the core of Faye and FUSE’s approach with clients? Empathy and EQ (emotional quotient) are the most valuable things, she says, and these attributes play a key part in how she trains her team. “Accountancy is traditionally seen as being very technical. But it's not just the numbers, it's so much more than that. We're always looking at how we can support our clients in other ways, and having empathy is a key part of that” she says. “It's demonstrated by how we work with clients. Taking them on this mindset journey, helping them see things a bit differently, and seeing light at end of tunnel.” “We look at how people deal with things emotionally, often supporting them with a coaching process. We talk them through ‘where are you now?’, asking questions such as ‘where are you struggling most?’ ‘what changes can you make?’ and ‘what needs to happen?’ as well as ‘how can we help and what can we do?’” Faye. pictured below with the award, said: “We're really grateful for the recognition, especially coming among so many fantastic finalists. It’s a really good feeling and motivates us to do it again. “Winning an award gives you so much self-belief and motivation to do more and help more people.”

Fast facts FUSE Accountants

FUSE is an independent Chartered Certified firm of accountants based in Highgate Village, North London. Faye started out on her own in 2008 before her husband Steve joined in 2010, and has grown to a team of 10. FUSE has around 500 clients –mainly SMEs – and many owner managed and family run firms. They describe themselves as offering a dynamic range of services to clients from a whole range of backgrounds, with the belief that comprehensive business planning and sound financial advice are the keys to growth and profitability.

Discover more about FUSE via the website: https://www.fuseaccountants.co.uk Or find out more via Twitter on the company page or Faye's page here https://twitter.com/FUSEaccountants and here https://twitter.com/taxandtea

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Amazing accountancy accolade for Stephen as he gets the top marks in Northern Ireland


Pictured: Stephen receiving his award from Danske Bank’s Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Matchett.

Newly qualified Chartered Accountant Stephen Ferguson has been handed a prestigious award after achieving the highest marks in all of Northern Ireland for a key exam.

Stephen was “over the moon” at hearing he’d won the Danske Bank Accountancy Award.

The annual accolade goes to the accountant who gets the highest marks in Northern Ireland in the 2020 Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) Final Admitting Examination. The prize was recently presented to him by Danske Bank’s Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Matchett, at the headquarters in Belfast.

Stephen, who qualified while working as a Senior Associate in the Assurance department at Ernst & Young, described how he found out. That day he and colleagues had heard someone in EY had achieved the highest marks in Northern Ireland.

Stephen tells Your Accountancy Life: “But I never imagined it would be me! It was a very big surprise, I was completely shocked. I got the email through to inform me I had won the prize and I was over the moon. I worked very hard and EY were very generous with study leave prior to sitting my exams. Ultimately, all the hard work was worthwhile.”

Stephen has already had tremendous results three years ago in the earlier phase of his exams by achieving the seventh highest grades in the Island of Ireland for CAP1.

Last summer he became exam qualified, before becoming time qualified at the end of April 2021 in which he became fully chartered.

Stephen identified a few key people who have helped him to achieve his latest accolade. “I’d pay a big tribute to my late mum,” he said.

“She worked with me a lot since I was young and helped me to be competitive, she gave me belief to aim for the sky when growing up."

“At EY, they were very supportive during my training contract, such as providing external tutors who put on extra sessions to help us."

“And my counsellor Louise Cooke at EY was very supportive and helpful by ensuring my workload wasn't too much so I had time to study throughout the year.”

Stephen has recently taken on a new job at Mallusk based construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd as a Management Accountant that he is thoroughly enjoying.

Fast facts Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Accountants Ireland (The Institute) is a membership body representing 29,500 influential members throughout the globe. The professional body states on it website:

"Our role is to educate, represent and support our members. Our members work in senior positions in practice and industry. We are committed to restoring confidence at every level of the economy. We work with governments and businesses to raise awareness of the importance of sound financial advice. Chartered Accountants Ireland was established as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland by Royal Charter in 1888."

Discover more about the society at https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/about-us

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Historic Chartered Accountancy body celebrates amazing 150 years since its foundation


Pictured: Dame Teresa Graham, LSCA Chairman in 1994-95 (left) and LSCA’s current president Vicky Andrew

- The London Society of Chartered Accountants has grown to 36,000 members since forming in 1871

- President pledges Chartered Accountants will be “a force in the revival of the economy” after COVID

The London Society of Chartered Accountants has recorded an incredible feat – reaching 150 years since its foundation.

With its ranks now swelling to more than 36,000 members from accountancy practices large and small throughout Greater London, it is thought to be one of the earliest known UK accountancy organisations, having begun in 1871.

Esteemed guests joined an online celebration to mark the milestone, including ICAEW President David Matthews and Chief Executive Michael Izza.

Seventy-five people including LSCA committee members, past presidents and chairmen; ICAEW Council members for London; and presidents of other ICAEW District Societies also attended the star-studded virtual event.

Speakers including LSCA’s current president Vicky Andrew, pictured at the top of the page, David Matthews, and Dame Teresa Graham, who was the first female chairman of the LSCA in 1994-95, discussed the society’s past and shared a toast to its future.

Dame Teresa, pictured above, said: “I really enjoyed my year as chairman of the LSCA and hope l helped pave the way for women, who were scarce at senior levels within our profession, to recognise that they could do whatever they set their minds to. It was wonderful to reminisce during this anniversary event and see that the society is still going strong.”

Vicky says: “Three months before I took office, the country went into the first pandemic lockdown. At the time, I still hoped that we could have a real-life event for this anniversary. Although that hasn’t been possible, we’ve still had a celebration we all enjoyed.

"Occasions like this help us focus on how we can make things better and give us the opportunity to look to the future. As Chartered Accountants we now have the immediate challenge of helping businesses that have suffered during the coronavirus crisis. We will support our members to do this and be a force in the revival of the economy.”

Vicky adds: “It’s an honour to be president of the London Society of Chartered Accountants as we celebrate this anniversary. It was enjoyable learning more about our history and talking to our esteemed past presidents to mark the occasion.”

Fast facts How is the London Society of Chartered Accountants connected to ICAEW?

The LSCA has its origins in The Institute of Accountants in London, which began as a meeting of nine accountants at 3 Moorgate Street in June 1870. This became a London institute in April 1871.

At around the same time, the Society of Accountants in England was also formed. Then In 1879, on the advice of the Duke of Richmond, the London institute, and the Society of Accountants in England, together with new Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield institutes, jointly petitioned for a Royal Charter of Incorporation.

This charter was granted on 24 March 1880 and signed by Queen Victoria on 11 May 1880, resulting in the creation of a new body - the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Today, the LSCA regards the promotion of the profession – especially among students – as a crucial part of its purpose.

Discover more about the society at www.icaew.com/groups-and-networks/local-groups-and-societies/london-ds

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