Award Categories


The award categories are open to everyone involved in accountancy within Yorkshire, from outstanding trainees to managing partners of accountancy firms. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the successes of those organisations, teams and individuals who have excelled within the region.

The following criteria should be treated as a guide by entrants when reviewing award categories, but are not intended to be exhaustive, and entrants are invited to mention any other points they feel strengthen their entry.

Entry Deadline: 06 March 2019

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Company Awards


Independent Firm of the Year

    • This award is open to firms that have either 0-50 employees based in Yorkshire or a UK income of up to £5m. It will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
  • Client initiatives that set the firm apart from the rest
  • Contribution to the business community
  • Recognition received from other firms
  • Please remember to state how many employees you have based in Yorkshire

Mid-Tier Firm of the Year

    • This award is open to firms that have either 51-350 employees based in Yorkshire or a UK income of between £5m-£50m. It will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
  • Client initiatives that set the firm apart from the rest
  • Contribution to the business community
  • Recognition received from other firms
  • Please remember to state how many employees you have based in Yorkshire

Large Firm of the Year

    • This award is open to firms that have either over 350 employees based in Yorkshire or a UK Income of over £50m. It will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
  • Client initiatives that set the firm apart from the rest
  • Contribution to the business community
  • Recognition received from other firms
  • Please remember to state how many employees you have based in Yorkshire

 

Niche Firm of the Year

This category is open to specialist practices and boutiques. It will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
  • Client initiatives that set the firm apart from the rest
  • Contribution to the business community
  • Recognition received from other firms

Best Employer of the Year

    • Best Employer within Yorkshire will be judged according to the following criteria:
  • Training initiatives and accreditations received or being worked towards – for example, Investors in People
  • Dedication to development and welfare of staff
  • Jobs created within the region
  • Recognition from staff/training providers

Brand of the Year


Open to any new marketing initiative launched during the previous 12 months within the region – any campaign via any media will be considered.

  • Demonstrate how the campaign achieved measurable positive results
  • Show how the campaign embodies originality and ‘thinking outside of the box’
  • Describe how the ongoing progress of the campaign was monitored and maintained or modified
  • Consider both teamwork and noteworthy personal contributions to its success

Diversity & Inclusion Award

Open to all firms across Yorkshire. This award will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on developing opportunities for professional advancement
  • A significant focus on identifying and removing the accountancy profession’s barriers to entry
  • Active promotion of equality, internally and externally
  • Strong passion for celebrating diversity in all of its forms

Team Awards

Tax Team of the Year

Open to any tax team operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality tax advice for clients
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided

Audit Team of the Year

Open to any audit team operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality audit advice for clients
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided

Corporate Finance Team of the Year

Open to any audit team operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality service to the client
  • Details of corporate finance deals also accepted

Independent Team of the Year

This award is open to any specialist team (eg, tax, audit, corporate finance) or multi-disciplined team operating at firms that have either 0-50 employees based in Yorkshire or a UK income of up to £5m. It will be will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality advice for the client
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided


Public Services Finance Team of the Year

Open to any public services finance team operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality of service for the client
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided

Advisory Team of the Year

Open to any advisory team operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality advise for the benefit of their client
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided

In-house Finance Team of the Year

This award is only open to teams who work within an organisation’s in-house finance department and will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Entrants should show how they perform essential finance work for their employer
  • They should be able to demonstrate how they add value to the business or organisation
  • Examples of a clear commitment to excellence, quality and innovation
  • Recognition and appreciation from Yorkshire accountancy and business community
  • Positively contribution to the general finance community


Accountancy Team of the Year

Open to all accountancy teams operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the team’s success
  • Evidence of their technical ability
  • Application of innovative ideas
  • Demonstrating quality of service for the client
  • Testimonial(s) may be provided


Support Team of the Year

Open to all accountancy teams operating within Yorkshire

  • Credit will be given for evidence of the support team’s contribution to business success
  • Demonstrably excellent standards of work
  • Dedication to the job and firm
  • Include references from senior colleagues


Individual Awards

Rising Star of the Year

    • This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Maximum age at ceremony 35 years
      • Demonstrable involvement in interesting, challenging or new cases and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a person who has made significant impact to the firm
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community

Trainee of the Year

    • This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Nominee must relate to work carried out while employed by the firm and currently under a training contract
      • Demonstrably excellent standards of work
      • Dedication to the job
      • Demonstrable professional development during training
      • Demonstrable contribution to client relationships and/or business development
      • Include references from senior colleagues
      • Contribution to the community

Finance Director of the Year

Open to finance directors in the region

        • Evidence of contribution to the success of their practice in the last 12 months
        • Demonstrable expertise in field of work
        • Leadership qualities and business planning 
        • Dedication to clients
        • Demonstrable work to help/mentor junior staff
        • Contribution to the community

Yorkshire Advisor of the Year

      • Open to advisors based in Yorkshire
      • Demonstrably excellent standards of work
      • Demonstrable expertise in field of work
      • Dedication to clients
      • Contribution to the community

Yorkshire Accountant of the Year

      • Open to qualified accountants based in Yorkshire
      • Demonstrably excellent standards of work
      • Demonstrable expertise in field of work
      • Dedication to clients
      • Commitment to the firm
      • Contribution to the community

Partner of the Year

    • Open to partners at accountancy firms/offices across Yorkshire. This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Evidence of contribution to the success of their practice in the last 12 months’, both in fee earning and other areas, such as marketing or setting up new projects which have benefited the firm
      • Demonstrable expertise in field of work
      • Evidence of a growing reputation or maintaining their standing as a leader in their field
      • Dedication to clients
      • Demonstrable work to help/mentor junior staff
      • Contribution to the community

Managing Partner of the Year

    • Open to managing partners of accountancy firms/offices across Yorkshire
      • Evidence of contribution to the success of their practice in the last 12 months
      • Demonstrable leadership and strong management skills
      • Dedication to clients
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community

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