Pamela Phillips, Director and Co-founder of de Jong Phillips, shared with us their experience of being a 2020 Accounting Excellence winner. 

How does it feel to win Small Firm of the Year? 

We are absolutely delighted to win Small Firm of the Year! Winning is a testament to all the hard work by the team who have gone above and beyond to serve our clients in this extremely difficult year.

Perhaps even better than winning, has been the messages we’ve received from clients saying what deserving winners we are.

How will winning the 2020 Accounting Excellence Award for Small Firm of the Year impact your firm after a difficult year like this one?

After the year that we’ve all had, any chance to celebrate with the team is always welcome. Winning this award is a huge success for de Jong Phillips and a great morale boost after an extraordinary year where we’ve been working round the clock to support our clients.

Being recognised for our dedication to helping our clients transform and scale their businesses helps us demonstrate to future employees that we really are future thinking, market-led accountants who make a real difference to our clients’ businesses.

Winning will be great for raising our profile too as we’ll be happily shouting about winning this award all year!

What advice would you give to anyone entering the awards, or thinking of entering the awards next year?

Winning an award is just the cherry on the cake. Taking the time to really think through what message you want to get through in your award application is a great chance to consolidate in your own mind what you are all about as a firm. It’s a chance to get really clear on what you do, who you do it for and how you do it.

Entering awards is an opportunity to reflect on your achievements and challenges over the past year and is a time to plan for the future. What achievements would you love to be writing about but in all honesty couldn’t say about your firm yet? These are the things you can focus on in the 12 months so that your business grows and moves in the direction you want it to.

What does accounting excellence mean to you?

To me, Accounting excellence means working closely with our clients to help them understand the story behind their numbers, to up-level their systems and processes, and create structure in their businesses as well as their goals so they can scale sustainably, with confidence, profit and speed.

And it’s about always thinking how can we do better.