When and where is Awards Night 2020?
In response to the ongoing uncertainty and the needs and priorities of our audience and our clients in light of COVID-19, we’ve decided to move the 10th-anniversary Awards Night celebrations back from 10th September to 2nd February 2021. The evening will still take place at The Brewery, London. Mark your calendars!
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 to the Firm Awards has now passed.
For entries to our new COVID-19 categories and Bookkeeping Firm of the Year, the deadline is 26th October 2020.
You can also place your votes in the Software Survey for the Software Awards until 26th October 2020.
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 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
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:
- Answer the questions
- Give us evidence
- 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?
- 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.