Accountants and firms honoured at British Accountancy Awards
BDO and Menzies win big at the British Accountancy Awards, while Simon Cowie CA is awarded practitioner of the year.
The 6th annual British Accountancy Awards took place in London on Tuesday night to recognise the achievements of the country’s top firms and individual practitioners.
Simon Cowie CA of Aberdeen based CA firm Infinity Partnership was awarded practitioner of the year for his work in the oil industry.
International tax and advisory firm BDO scooped global firm of the year. The firm received the accolade after coming top of a client satisfaction survey issued by the Financial Director publication.
National firm of the year went to Menzies, with the judging panel praising the firm's “transparency” and “investment in young people”, while CA firm Johnston Carmichael was shortlisted in the award category.
John Whiting, former director of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), received the Outstanding Contribution Award, being described as “someone who cut through the haze of technical obfuscation to bring clarity to the masses” by the awards host Accountancy Age.
Full list of winners
|Outstanding contribution award||John Whiting|
|Global firm of the year||BDO|
|National firm of the year||Menzies|
|Mid-tier firm of the year||Jeffreys Henry|
|Independent firm of the year (overall)||JF Hornby|
|Independent firm of the year - East, England||Farnell Clarke|
|Independent firm of the year - Greater London, England||Wilson Wright|
|Independent firm of the year - Midlands, England||Salhan Accountants|
|Independent firm of the year - North, England||JF Hornby|
|Independent firm of the year - Scotland||Nicolson Accountancy|
|Independent firm of the year - South East, England||Nordens|
|Independent firm of the year - Wales and South West, England||Inspire Professional Services|
|Most innovative practice (overall)||Farnell Clarke|
|Most innovative practice (large firm)||Deloitte|
|Most innovative practice (mid-tier firm)||PKF Cooper Parry|
|Most innovative practice (independent)||Farnell Clarke|
|Most socially responsible practice||Harland Accountants|
|New practice award||1 Accountants online|
|Client software product of the year||Xero|
|Practice software product of the year||Inform Direct|
|Top 50 tax team of the year||Mazars|
|Top 50 audit team of the year||MHA MacIntyre Hudson|
|New practitioner of the year||Chris Barnard, Church Accounting|
|Practitioner of the year||Simon Cowie CA, Infinity Partnership|
Source: Accountancy Age
The judges were impressed by Farnell Clarke’s use of new technology to progress, earning it the overall most innovative practice gong.
JF Hornby was named the overall independent firm of the year, being described as the “standout practice” for its “strong use of social media, tax savings for clients, impressive profits, along with both a local and international view”.
CA firm Armstrong Watson was also shortlisted for best employer.