Yorkshire accountancy profession celebrates at virtual awards ceremony

Accountancy profession celebrates at virtual ceremony

A host of companies and professionals were recognised as the Yorkshire accountancy profession’s best and brightest at the virtual Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2020 last night.

KPMG, Shorts and YesTax were among the winners announced during the virtual ceremony on yorkshireaccountancyawards.co.uk, where the profession celebrated the successes of the past 12 months and its dedication to serving and supporting clients during these difficult times.

KPMG took home Large Firm of the Year, with the judges describing the firm as thorough, rigorous and always working to a very high standard.

Its clients are full of praise for its Leeds team, which has significant depth in expertise and experience. KPMG is also active within the region, supporting entrepreneurs and startups as they embark on their business journeys in Yorkshire.

Shorts had a superb evening, winning Accountancy Team of the Year and Corporate Finance Team of the Year.

The judges described Shorts as a practice with a rich history at the forefront of delivering innovative accountancy services, thanks to a team of extremely talented specialists. It also receives fantastic feedback from clients who stay with it for generations.

The IT support team at Shorts was also recognised as Support Team of the Year for remaining flexible and agile for the whole business while ensuring a 100% availability rate of software applications.

YesTax secured Brand of the Year for launching with a striking brand dedicated to showing the ‘human’ side of accounting. Its active social media and content strategy gives it a reliable source of new leads while cementing its position as a thought leader.

Of the individuals to be recognised at this year’s Yorkshire Accountancy Awards, James Sutton of Haines Watts was named Managing Partner of the Year.

He has successfully implemented significant changes at Haines Watts in a short amount of time and was rewarded with an increase in turnover and improved staff retention.

The judges also paid tribute to Sutton’s efforts to engage with the local community and increase interest among young people in accountancy as a possible career.

The two most prestigious awards of the night, Yorkshire Accountant of the Year and Yorkshire Advisor of the Year, went to Amy Cashmore of Haines Watts, capping off a terrific night for that firm, and James Heathcote of Lancaster Knox, respectively.

In awarding Yorkshire Accountant of the Year to Cashmore, the judges recognised her rapid rise through the ranks at Haines Watts and praised her as a credit to the profession.

Heathcote won Yorkshire Advisor of the Year for being a champion of collaboration, a master of simplifying complex problems, and an incredibly hard worker who makes a big contribution to the wider profession in the region.

In his speech during the virtual Personal Injury Awards, Les Bradley, president of the AIA, and chair of the independent judging panel, praised the entrants, finalists and winners for setting such a high standard.

He said: “I felt that the standards set during these awards were very high. All of the entrants have reached a pinnacle within their individual working careers. This made me realise what standards have been set and realised.”

While individuals and businesses continue to adapt to the new normal, find out what the independent judging panel had to say about each and every winner at this year’s Yorkshire Accountancy Awards.

Stay tuned for details about the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2021 and news of other exciting events dedicated to the accountancy profession in the region.

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