We spoke to Nathan Keeley, Partner at MHA Carpenter Box, about winning Practice Pioneer of the Year. 

How does it feel to win Practice Pioneer of the Year?

It feels incredible to have been given such an esteemed title. It is huge recognition for both myself and the firm and evidences the hard work which has been put in over the last few years. This would have not been possible without the support of the firm and the great team we have at MHA Carpenter so thanks and congratulations should really go to all of them.

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

It has been a year like no other, but it has demonstrated that we have the ability to come together to support our clients, staff and the industry as a whole. Using this award win as an endorsement, we will continue to strive to improve the firm in 2021 and beyond to become the best that it can be and consequently benefit all of our staff and clients.

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

Go for it! Going through the award entry process is hugely rewarding (whether you win or not). It allows you to reflect on past success but also look ahead to what you want to achieve in the future. My advice would be to spend some time putting together an entry that tells your story. Really think about your answers and what additional material will help support what you are saying. It’s always best to have at least one other person read through your entry before submitting, not only to spot potential typos but also feedback anything you may have missed!

What does accounting excellence mean to you?

To me, accounting excellence means going above and beyond the normal remit of a traditional accountant. It means striving to provide a first-class service to clients by delivering innovative solutions to their current and future challenges. This is only achieved by working together with colleagues, peers and the wider industry to constantly improve efficiency and working practices.