Accountancy Awards 2017 shortlist revealed

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By Lesley Stewart, CA Today

16 May 2017

An impressive array of CA firms have been revealed as finalists for the 10th Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards.

The prestigious awards, run by Business Insider, recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and teams in the financial services industry. 

The shortlist includes a number of CA firms across the 10 categories, who are in the running to be crowned as Scotland's "finest finance performers" at the glittering black-tie ceremony. 

The Scottish Accountancy Awards will take place at Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 14 June.

The contenders are:

Large Accountancy Firm of The Year

The judges highlighted the “impressive client list” of Campbell Dallas, whilst Glasgow-based Wylie & Bisset's "organic growth" also impressed the judges.

Small Accountancy Firm of the Year

Acumen Accountants & Advisors were praised for their innovative approach, whilst Perthshire firm COUNT saw a nomination for their impressive growth in the past year. Other nominees were Faith Simpson Accountants and One Accounting, both praised for their achievements by the Panel. 

Tax Team of the Year

The Entrepreneurial Tax Team at Chiene + Tait was praised for the impact it has had on the wider firm, and the Tax Consulting Group at Campbell Dallas also impressed to make the shortlist. The Skyscanner Tax Squad were also nominated following their work on the companies incredible growth and recent acquisition.

Corporate Finance Team of the Year

The BDO Corporate Finance team were honoured with a place on the shortlist, with one judge noting the “first class” reputation of the team. The impressive work of the Campbell Dallas Corporate Finance Team and a "very focused” team at Quest Corporate saw nominations for both companies.

Restructuring Team of the Year

Campbell Dallas’s “leading position” in the field of Debt Arrangement Schemes impressed the panel, as did the “depth and breadth” and “really good team spirit” of KPMG’s restructuring work. Nominee Middlebrook's Business Recovery & Advice were praised as “really becoming an established player in the market”, and Metis Partners Corporate Recovery Team were praised for its specialist services.

Public sector Finance team of the Year

The Aberdeen City Council Accounting Team, The University of Edinburgh Finance Team, and Wheatley Group Finance Team were all nominated, with the judges praising innovative ventures and investments amongst the highlights.

Award winning finance directors - who will win?

The winners of the Emerging Finance Director of the Year and the Finance Director of the Year will be announced on the night, and all eyes will be very much focussed on these much anticipated awards that recognise the real value of individual finance professionals.

At last year's event, the entrepreneurial spirit of CA Graeme Menzies made a win in the Emerging Finance Director category possible. “It was actually quite humbling,” says Graeme, discussing what the win meant for him and his team. "I head a small team in an SME and it’s unusual for small companies to win industry awards."

The finalists in these categories have been selected following a review conducted by an independent panel of experts and using research from Edinburgh Napier University's Business School.


ICAS are proud to sponsor the Business Insider Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards 2017 - a full list of finalists is available from the Scottish Accountancy Awards.

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