Practice Awards

New Firm of the year

Overview
What judges look for

If your firm has been trading for a minimum of 1 year but a maximum of 3 years, the New Firm of the Year is designed for you. The judges will be looking to understand your business proposition and vision, your range of services as well as your approach to client care.

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  • What makes your practice stand out from the crowd
  • Ways you use new technology
  • Ideas, attitudes and actions to drive future development
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Specialist Team of the year

Overview
What judges look for

We want to shine the spotlight on the people who spend their working lives in specialist niches. Our definition is broad, and can include in-house teams of consultants, management accountants, M&A specialists, technology developers, marketers and analysts as well as those delivering more traditional audit, tax and industry-specific services. If you have specialist multi-disciplinary teams that include some or all of these disciplines, they’re welcome to enter too.

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  • Details to illustrate your specialist team’s distinctive approach
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients.
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Small Practice of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

If you’re a small firm (1-2 partners) and can demonstrate excellence in client care and a real commitment to constant improvement, this is the right category for you. The judges want to hear how new service initiatives and innovations have helped your clients and will be looking for signs that you are managing the right things to keep on improving.

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  • Illustrate your distinctive approach to accountancy
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Innovative Firm of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

Does innovation run through the very heart of your firm? This category enables you to shout about your approach to innovation and why it’s
important to your firm. As well as reaping the kudos of being recognised for innovation, the entrants and nominees in this category are helping to
explore and chart new frontiers for the profession. Let us know here if you think you one of accountancy’s pioneering thinkers.

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  • How innovation has been grafted into your business model
  • Example that inspires other accountants to innovate
  • How the firm manages, assesses and learns from experience
  • Provide evidence of the impact and benefits derived from innovations

Medium Practice of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

Medium-size, multi-partner firms (3-7 partners) have to balance service quality with consistency as the organisation expands into multiple teams and offices. If you fit this profile and successfully balance expansion with excellence and continuing improvement, this is the right category.

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  • A bold, holistic vision for the firm
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Practice Growth Firm of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

If your firm has found the formula for rapid, but sustainable growth, this is the category to enter. You’ll be asked to summarise your growth strategy
over the past 2-3 years and to describe the initiatives that have driven your success. Showing an understanding of how you manage the challenges
associated with growth will ensure your entry scores higher marks.

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  • How that market knowledge is used as a driver for growth
  • Evidence of sustainable growth over time
  • Effective metrics to measure and manage growth
  • Well documented plans and strategies for the future

Large Practice of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

The challenge for large accountancy firms (8 or more partners) is to establish a strong identity across a broad range of service lines and locations. Professionalism and good service quality are assumed from any firm of this size, so how do they communicate their unique personality and character through the organisation to the wider market?

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  • A bold, holistic vision for the firm
  • Explanations of how the firm has addressed challenges
  • Evidence to show the impact on clients
  • Quantifiable performance measures

Client Service Firm of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

Does an obsession with client care and service flow through your firm? Tell us how that works in practice, and what tangible results your approach
has achieved. Demonstrating your vision for client care and how it will support your growth and development plans for the future will be key to
success in this category.

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  • Details about specific initiatives and tools used to improve client service
  • Evidence of improvement such as retention and growth rates
  • Objective measures such as client satisfaction data
  • Specific examples of service excellence and their impact

Practice Pioneer of the Year

Overview
What judges look for

We are looking to identify the leaders who have made an impact in the past year so we can pull their insights and expertise to benefit the wider profession. Service innovators, marketing strategists, technology gurus and inspirational leaders can all compete for this award. You can also nominate multiple people, teams within your business or even yourself!

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  • Innovations introduced
  • Contributions to strategy, processes and service excellence
  • Impact on clients and the marketplace

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