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The Accounting Excellence Awards cover 22 categories that recognise the achievements of accounting firms, individuals, teams, projects, and industry vendors from across the UK accounting industry. All categories are judged by an outstanding line-up of experts and senior professionals covering a range of specialisms from within and outside of the accounting community.

The awards are divided into four groups: Firm, Individual, Team and Vendor.

Firm awards

"We did it!"

Raedan
Winner: Small Firm of the Year, 2021

SMALL FIRM
OF THE YEAR

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MEDIUM FIRM
OF THE YEAR

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LARGE FIRM
OF THE YEAR

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NEW FIRM
OF THE YEAR

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FAST-TRACK FIRM
OF THE YEAR


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INVESTING IN PEOPLE AWARD

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CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

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SOLE PRACTITIONER
OF THE YEAR

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Client Transformation
Award

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"I still can’t believe it."

The Beauty Accountant
Winner: Sole Practicioner of the Year, 2021

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Open To All

AccountingWEB Pride Award

This category is open to everyone  – software vendors, firms, or individuals that have demonstrated they are investing time and effort into building a better world through their philanthropic efforts, community work, or actions around sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Individual awards

"What a night!"

Rose Morgan
Winner: Rising Star of the Year, 2021

PRACTICE PIONEER
OF THE YEAR

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RISING STAR
OF THE YEAR

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BREAKOUT STAR
OF THE YEAR

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD

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Team awards

BOOKKEEPING TEAM OF THE YEAR

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SPECIALIST TEAM
OF THE YEAR

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TAX TEAM
OF THE YEAR

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PAYROLL TEAM
OF THE YEAR

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Audit Team
of the Year

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"We’re so proud."

Safe Hands Bookkeeping
Winner: Bookkeeping Team of the Year, 2021

Vendor awards

"What a fantastic event!"

Syft Analytics
Winner: Partnership Award

PARTNERSHIP AWARD

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PRODUCT INNOVATION
OF THE YEAR

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SOFTWARE NEWCOMER
OF THE YEAR

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Key dates

The Road to Excellence

SMALL FIRM OF THE YEAR

This category is for small firms with an annual fee income £251k-£500k that demonstrate excellent client service and care, and a real commitment to constant improvement.

Whether you have introduced new service initiatives or provided insight and advice, this category enables you to showcase what you’re doing to establish and grow your firm and help your clients be more successful.

MEDIUM FIRM OF THE YEAR

This category is for medium-sized firms with an annual fee income of £500k-£5m, typically with multiple teams and locations.

This category is an opportunity to showcase the ways in which you are delivering a consistent, high-quality client service, demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement and making a visible difference to your clients.

LARGE FIRM OF THE YEAR

This category is for large firms with an £5m+ income, typically with a broad range of service lines and locations across multiple regions.

Whether you are creating innovative new ways to deliver value to your clients, delighting clients with premium levels of service, or providing unique insight, tools, and resources, this category enables you to showcase how you’re driving client success and building on your market position.

NEW FIRM OF THE YEAR

This category is for firms that have been trading for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.

The judges will be looking for firms that can demonstrate they are targeting a gap in the marketplace with a unique vision and a sustainable business model.

FAST-TRACK FIRM OF THE YEAR

This category is for accounting firms that have found the formula for rapid and sustainable growth over the past two to three years.

Firms entering this category will need to demonstrate that there is more to growth than rising client numbers and fee income, showing how you have managed the challenges associated with growth over the past 2-3 years.

INVESTING IN PEOPLE AWARD

This category is open to both accounting firms and finance teams in industry who are fostering talent, supporting career progression and achieving excellence through their people’s performance.

CLIENT SERVICE AWARD

This category is for accounting firms that put client service at the heart of their business. You don’t have to have complicated systems in place to achieve that goal, but you do need to demonstrate observable strategies that enable your team to deliver exemplary client service.

SOLE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

This category is for single principals or partners who earn <£250k a year, with or without a supporting team.

The judges are looking for sole practitioners who know where they’re going and can explain how they are able to help clients in ways that other firms can’t match.

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ACCOUNTINGWEB PRIDE AWARD

For philanthropic efforts, sustainability, CSR, D&I.

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AUDIT TEAM OF THE YEAR

This service line has been hitting the headlines in recent years. It’s time to share some of those good news stories and demonstrate what audit excellence looks like, the impact it can have on a business, and why it is so important. The award is open to any specialist audit firms, teams, or to audit departments.

The judges will be looking for teams that can demonstrate how they contribute to the wider success of client businesses.

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CLIENT TRANSFORMATION AWARD

This new award shines a light on the huge impact an accountancy firm’s expertise and services can have on a client’s business. It gives you the opportunity to highlight a particular client’s success and demonstrate how being that trusted advisor can add real value to a business.

This category is open to accountancy firms of all sizes and gives firms the chance to highlight the achievements of a specific client and demonstrate how close advisory relationships with clients can be transformational for the businesses that they work with. We really want to make these success stories come alive. Judges will be looking for specific business case studies that really tell the story of your relationship with the client and the impact you have made.

PRACTICE PIONEER OF THE YEAR 

This category is for practice pioneers who are not only experts in their field, but show a genuinely innovative approach to the wider challenges facing the accounting profession. Tell us about the pioneer you would like to nominate and the contribution they have made to accounting excellence over the past year.

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR 

Success for an accounting trainee is demonstrated beyond exam results. This award celebrates the rising stars in the profession and recognises trainees, part qualified or unqualified accountants that have gone above and beyond their client contact, employer’s business or in their personal development. 

This award is open for individuals employed by an accounting practice or working within a finance team, and nominees will be considered up to five years into their accountancy career.

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BREAKOUT STAR OF THE YEAR

Unlike the Rising Star, the Breakout Star category is for someone whose star has risen.

This award celebrates the most talented and brightest professionals who have broken through over the past year and have demonstrated a measurable positive impact on their firm, clients or the wider profession. It’s designed to recognise those who made a demonstrable shift in their career. Maybe through developing a new revenue stream, making a splash on social media, or leading success within the business, the breakout star of the year will have a bright future as a leader of tomorrow, today.

This award is open for individuals employed by an accounting practice or working within a finance team, and we will consider nominees that are over five years into their accountancy career.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD 

This is an award selected by AccountingWEB editors, but in tune with our ethos, we draw heavily on community input for nominations and evidence of candidates’ contributions to the world of accountancy.

BOOKKEEPING TEAM OF THE YEAR

This category seeks to celebrate the essential work that helps keep the accounting wheels turning. It is not practice specific and is open to any specialist bookkeeping practice or to bookkeeping departments that operate within a practice with teams of more than two people.

SPECIALIST TEAM OF THE YEAR

This category is for firms/teams that have developed specialist, niche services for clients. 

Specialist offerings may include in-house teams of consultants, management accountants or virtual finance directors, M&A specialists, technology developers, marketers and analysts, as well as people delivering more traditional audit, tax and industry-specific services.

TAX TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award seeks to celebrate the teams that have mastered self assessment season or have navigated clients through the increasingly complex tax landscape. It is not practice specific and is open to any specialist tax teams or to tax departments with teams of two or more people.

PAYROLL TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award celebrates the hard work, dedication, and excellence of teams in payroll. It is not practice specific and is open to any specialist payroll firms, teams, or to payroll departments with teams of two or more people.

PARTNERSHIP AWARD

This category celebrates the symbiotic relationship between accountants and vendors. It recognises software vendors who are providing exceptional support to their customers and are working in collaboration with their accountant partners to help them and their clients grow.

PRODUCT INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

This category is for software vendors that have introduced a product or solution in the past year that has solved major issues for accountants and helped them deliver outstanding value or service to clients.

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SOFTWARE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

This category is for software vendors that have introduced a product or solution in the past 18 months that has helped accountants be more effective in their work. To win, the product does not have to be on the cutting edge, but does need to demonstrate that it has made a real impact in the marketplace.

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