Accountants and firms honoured at British Accountancy Awards

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

30 November 2016

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 

AwardWinner
Outstanding contribution awardJohn Whiting
Global firm of the yearBDO
National firm of the yearMenzies
Mid-tier firm of the yearJeffreys Henry
Independent firm of the year (overall) JF Hornby
Independent firm of the year - East, EnglandFarnell Clarke
Independent firm of the year - Greater London, EnglandWilson Wright
Independent firm of the year - Midlands, England Salhan Accountants
Independent firm of the year - North, EnglandJF Hornby
Independent firm of the year - ScotlandNicolson Accountancy
Independent firm of the year - South East, EnglandNordens
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
Best employerPKF-FPM
Most socially responsible practiceHarland Accountants
New practice award1 Accountants online
Client software product of the yearXero
Practice software product of the yearInform Direct 
Top 50 tax team of the yearMazars
Top 50 audit team of the yearMHA MacIntyre Hudson
New practitioner of the yearChris Barnard, Church Accounting
Practitioner of the yearSimon 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.

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