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Open applications

The following awards are still open for applications or votes

The publicly voted software awards

The following awards are still open and are voted on by the public rather than judged.

Small Business Accounts Software of the Year

Practice Management & CRM Software of the Year

Enterprise Accounting Software of the Year

Accounts Production Software of the Year

Payroll Software of the Year

Practice Suite of the Year

Data Management & Expenses Software of the Year

Forecasting, Planning & Analysis Software of the Year

Professional Tax Software of the Year

Cloud App of the Year

To vote on any of these awards please follow this link

The Finance Awards

The following finance awards are still open for applications from finance teams

Finance Team of the Year

Overview
We’re looking to celebrate the finance teams that take a proactive role in delivering value to their colleagues and the business as a whole. This award is open to  companies of any size under the usual accounting criteria (fewer than 250 employees, less than £10.6m turnover etc) and seeks to uncover best practices within the profession in terms of collaboration, technology deployment and measurable impacts.

What judges look for

  • Details to illustrate your distinctive approach
  • Examples of successful initiatives you have implemented
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Closed applications

The following awards are now closed for applications

Software awards

Software Innovation of the Year

Overview
This award shines the spotlight on developers who are breaking new ground and delivering solutions that no one else currently does. The nominated product or service should have become commercially available during the past 12 months (though beta test systems that have been rolled out to significant populations may be considered if they have had a visible impact on users).

What judges look for

  • Evidence that shows how the innovation has benefited customers
  • Stimulated curiosity of accountants

Software & Technology Pioneer of the year

Overview
Is there someone in your organisation or among your customers and partners who has made a fundamental contribution to the use of technology within accounting? This award is an opportunity to celebrate the industry’s technology visionaries, thought leaders and unsung heroes.

What judges look for

  • The pioneer’s contribution to technological excellence
  • Innovations have they introduced
  • Impact on their business and the wider marketplace

Practice awards

New Firm of the year

Overview
If your firm has been trading for a minimum of 1 year but a maximum of 3 years, the New Firm of the Year is designed for you. The judges will be looking to understand your business proposition and vision, your range of services as well as your approach to client care.

What judges look for

  • What makes your practice stand out from the crowd
  • Ways you use new technology
  • Ideas, attitudes and actions to drive future development
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Specialist Team of the year

Overview
We want to shine the spotlight on the people who spend their working lives in specialist niches. Our definition is broad, and can include in-house teams of consultants, management accountants, M&A specialists, technology developers, marketers and analysts as well as those delivering more traditional audit, tax and industry-specific services. If you have specialist multi-disciplinary teams that include some or all of these disciplines, they’re welcome to enter too.

What judges look for

  • Details to illustrate your specialist team’s distinctive approach
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients.
  • Quantifiable performance measures

 

Small Practice of the Year

Overview
If you’re a small firm (1-2 partners) and can demonstrate excellence in client care and a real commitment to constant improvement, this is the right category for you. The judges want to hear how new service initiatives and innovations have helped your clients and will be looking for signs that you are managing the right things to keep on improving.

What judges look for

  • Illustrate your distinctive approach to accountancy
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Innovative Firm of the Year

Overview
Does innovation run through the very heart of your firm? This category enables you to shout about your approach to innovation and why it’s important to your firm. As well as reaping the kudos of being recognised for innovation, the entrants and nominees in this category are helping to explore and chart new frontiers for the profession. Let us know here if you think you one of accountancy’s pioneering thinkers.

What judges look for

  • How innovation has been grafted into your business model
  • Example that inspires other accountants to innovate
  • How the firm manages, assesses and learns from experience
  • Provide evidence of the impact and benefits derived from innovations

Medium Practice of the Year

Overview
Medium-size, multi-partner firms (3-7 partners) have to balance service quality with consistency as the organisation expands into multiple teams and offices. If you fit this profile and successfully balance expansion with excellence and continuing improvement, this is the right category.

What judges look for

  • A bold, holistic vision for the firm
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Practice Growth Firm of the Year

Overview
If your firm has found the formula for rapid, but sustainable growth, this is the category to enter. You’ll be asked to summarise your growth strategy over the past 2-3 years and to describe the initiatives that have driven your success. Showing an understanding of how you manage the challenges associated with growth will ensure your entry scores higher marks.

What judges look for

  • How that market knowledge is used as a driver for growth
  • Evidence of sustainable growth over time
  • Effective metrics to measure and manage growth
  • Well documented plans and strategies for the future

Large Practice of the Year

Overview
The challenge for large accountancy firms (8 or more partners) is to establish a strong identity across a broad range of service lines and locations. Professionalism and good service quality are assumed from any firm of this size, so how do they communicate their unique personality and character through the organisation to the wider market?

What judges look for

  • A bold, holistic vision for the firm
  • Explanations of how the firm has addressed challenges
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Client Service Firm of the Year

Overview
Does an obsession with client care and service flow through your firm? Tell us how that works in practice, and what tangible results your approach has achieved. Demonstrating your vision for client care and how it will support your growth and development plans for the future will be key to success in this category.

What judges look for

  • Details about specific initiatives and tools used to improve client service
  • Evidence of improvement such as retention and growth rates
  • Objective measures such as client satisfaction data
  • Specific examples of service excellence and their impact

Practice Pioneer of the Year

Overview
We are looking to identify the leaders who have made an impact in the past year so we can pull their insights and expertise to benefit the wider profession. Service innovators, marketing strategists, technology gurus and inspirational leaders can all compete for this award. You can also nominate multiple people, teams within your business or even yourself!

What judges look for

  • Innovations introduced
  • Contributions to strategy, processes and service excellence
  • Impact on clients and the marketplace

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