When and where is Awards Night 2020?


We’ve gone virtual and our first ever Virtual Awards Night will take place on the 2nd December 2020! 


Why should I enter my firm for the Accounting Excellence Awards 2020?


Entering is a fantastic opportunity to confirm and celebrate the support you’re giving clients and the great contributions you’re making to the profession. Reward your ambition, innovation and hard work, and get the recognition you deserve.

When is the deadline for entries?


The deadline for entry submissions has now passed. Accounting Excellence 2021 will be launched in Q1 2021.


What are the benefits of winning an Accounting Excellence award?


Stand out from the crowd – Winning an Accounting Excellence award makes your firm stand out with a significant boost in name recognition and will help you distinguish yourself from your competitors.

Motivation – If you win, your staff will be delighted to be part of a winning team and well-recognised company. Being an award winner also makes your business more attractive to the best and brightest upcoming talent in the industry.

Publicity – If you secure a place on the shortlist you’ll be mentioned numerous times on AccountingWEB and across social media, all of which helps build awareness of your firm. You’ll also be able to generate local media coverage in your area and will have lots to talk about with your clients. 

Growth – Your customers care about your reputation and an Accounting Excellence Award will not only reinforce your current customers’ faith in you but will attract new ones too.

Nurture relationships – By competing against the best firms in the profession you’ll have an opportunity to learn from others. You’ll build new connections and be able to share your success and the stage with your partners and employees. 

A night to remember – Excellence is its own reward – but a night out doesn’t hurt! Awards night 2020 is shaping up to be the biggest and best night in the accounting calendar – don’t miss your chance to be there. 

Listen to our podcast if you would like to learn more, including how crafting an entry can highlight valuable insights into your existing business processes.


What award categories are there?


We have separate categories for Firm Awards and Software Awards. The Firm Awards are judged by leading experts in the profession, whilst we call on your clients and customers to judge the Software Awards.


Judged Firm Awards:


NEW for 2020 – Sole Practitioner of the Year

Small Firm of the Year

Medium Firm of the Year

Large Firm of the Year

Specialist Team of the Year

New Firm of the Year

Fast-track Firm of the Year

NEW for 2020 – Digital Firm of the Year

Client Service Award

Innovative Firm of the Year

Software Innovation of the Year 

Investing in People Award

Practice Pioneer of the Year

NEW for 2020 – Bookkeeping Firm of the Year

COVID-19 Categories:

Covid-19 Hero award: Accounting firm

Covid-19 Hero award: Supplier

Covid-19 Hero award: Individual


Voted Software Awards:


Accounts Production Software

Data & Expense Management Software

Forecasting, Planning & Analysis Software

Mid-market & Enterprise Accounting Software

Payroll Software

Professional Tax Software

Practice Management Software

Small Business Accounting Software

Non-Accounting Cloud or Banking App


Practice Suite of the Year 


How do I enter my firm for an award?


Visit our entry page and complete the form! We require you to distil your vision into just 1,000 words, split into 5 questions under the headings of Strategy, Client care, Growth, Processes, and Challenges. Each section should be no more than 200 words. 

What are the judges looking for?


To make the most impact, concentrate on things that make a visible difference to your clients. As well as providing examples and evidence of your growth to date and your plans for future development, think about what other accountants might learn from your example. 


Be sure to: 

  1. Answer the questions
  2. Give us evidence
  3. Be succinct and selective – tell us about the initiatives and innovations that show your firm in the best light. What are the things you do that no one else can match?
  4. Use the entry to demonstrate what you think Accounting Excellence looks like – if you are going to be hailed as an example of excellence, tell us a story that will inspire other accountants.


We would recommend including examples, evidence, and explanations in your responses, for example, case studies, testimonials, quantifiable performance measures and metrics.


You can also upload additional assets to support your application, such as short videos, graphs and infographics. However, please limit this to a reasonable amount to keep our judges engaged (e.g. no annual reports!).


If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Our Partners

Accounting Excellence Partner

Accounting Excellence Partner

Accounting Excellence Partner

Small Firm of the Year Platinum Sponsor

Medium Firm of the Year Sponsor

Practice Pioneer Sponsor

New Firm of the Year Sponsor

Client Service Award Sponsor

Covid-19 Hero Award: Supplier Sponsor