Congratulations to each and every Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2022 winner 



The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2022 ceremony saw 12 outstanding firms and seven practitioners at the top of their games prevail across 20 categories. 

 

Collectively, they are the very best accountancy firms, talent and teams that Yorkshire has to offer. 

 

The awards ceremony in Leeds was also a fantastic night full of networking, socialising and celebrating, with attendees of the black-tie event treated to a fantastic host, a delicious three-course meal and live music. 

 

Independent judging panel chair Adam Harper, director of professional standards and policy at the Association of Accounting Technicians, said in the digital programme for the awards: “Given the unprecedented nature of the last two years, and recognising that the accountancy profession has not been impervious to the impact that the pandemic has had, there continues to be significant reflection on the pressures you have all faced in advising and supporting your clients or your employers.” 

 

“Once again, through the submissions received this year, the role that the accounting profession has played in helping to keep businesses going during this period is extremely evident.” 

 

The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards will be back in 2023. Below, you can find out who won each and every category, and why. 

 



 

Audit Service Award 

Azets

 

“The winner of the Audit Service Award is gaining lots of new business and undergoing significant growth, all while achieving incredible rates of staff retention, serving clients to a high standard and investing in technology to complement its excellent audit service.”

 

Best Employer of the Year 

Azets 

 

“The winner of Best Employer of the Year is not only a fantastic job creator in Yorkshire, but an employer that works very hard to keep its staff. The winner’s focus on developing soft and technical skills, its use of apprenticeships and efforts to improve wellbeing set it apart from the competition.” 

 

Brand of the Year 

Northern Accountants

“The winner of Brand of the Year is cultivating an authoritative and trusted brand that’s also relatable and focuses on people after deciding to refresh its marketing strategy. The result is a high level of performance across social media and a leading website that’s making a real difference to both the firm and its clients.” 

 

Consultancy/Advisory Service Award 

Ford Campbell Freedman

 

“The winner of the Consultancy/Advisory Service Award offers a compelling proposition that covers the life of a business. Stellar work is backed by glowing client testimonials. The winner is clearly a trusted partner to the clients it serves.”

 

Corporate Finance Service Award 

Shorts

 

“The winner of the Corporate Finance Service Award provides an innovative service that’s consistently delivering for clients. An early adopter of employee ownership trusts, the winner is a sought-after specialist in this field.” 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Award 

Mazars

“The winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Award stands out for its comprehensive approach. Senior leaders are driving the diversity and inclusivity agenda within the firm, resulting in lots of activity across a range of networks and initiatives to create an impact in a variety of important areas.” 

 

Finance Director of the Year 

Neil Beardsmore from Ice Travel Group

 

“The winner of Finance Director of the Year deserves the recognition of this award for their superb work in supporting their organisation through the unusual and difficult period that was the pandemic. They are also a fantastic mentor to junior staff.”

 

Independent Firm of the Year 

Hunter Gee Holroyd

 

“The winner of Independent Firm of the Year excels on all fronts and ticks every box. Its focus on technology is serving it well, as are incredibly strong initiatives for clients that go above and beyond the norm.” 

 

In-house Finance Team of the Year 

Burberry

 

“The winner of In-house Finance Team of the Year has driven significant internal improvements and change, while playing a key role in achieving the sustainability goals of the organisation. This team is also highly active in the local community.”

 

Large Firm of the Year 

BDO

 

“The winner of Large Firm of the Year provides extensive support and resources for businesses and their employees, aiming to prepare them to face current and future events. The sheer breadth of its internal initiatives to boost its own business and support employees is equally impressive.” 

 

Managing Partner of the Year 

Phil Ellerby from Northern Accountants

 

 

“The winner of Managing Partner of the Year is an inspirational leader who has overseen huge growth in the business and made the organisation an exciting place to work. The winner puts client service at the heart of the business and its clients are reaping the benefits.”

 

Mid-Tier Firm of the Year 

“The winner of Mid-Tier Firm of the Year is experiencing impressive high growth and staff retention travels, as it trains a new generation of professionals and successfully engages with the local community to ensure the bright future of the Yorkshire professional services sector.” 

 

Niche Firm of the Year 

YesTax

“The winner of Niche Firm of the Year has a unique and notable mission that it carries out with great success, demonstrated by an excellent client retention rate. Its work in the R&D sector is particularly impressive.”

 

Partner of the Year 

Andy Northern from Fortus

 

“The winner of Partner of the Year is a fantastic success story. They have developed into an innovative practitioner who strives to do things differently. They are an expert at forging alliances and put staff morale at the top of their agenda.”

 

Rising Star of the Year 

Laura O’Regan from Fortus

 

“The winner of Rising Star of the Year is a client champion who eagerly passes on their own knowledge and skills through extensive mentoring and coaching. They are widely respected within their organisation and a shining example for others to follow.” 

 

Support Staff of the Year 

Claire Featherstone from Naylor Wintersgill 

 

“The winner of Support Staff of the Year is highly dedicated to their organisation’s whole workforce and goes above and beyond expectations, spearheading internal initiatives, serving as a mental health champion, and even diversifying revenue streams with consultancy work.” 

 

Tax Service Award 

KPMG

“The winner of the Tax Service Award boasts an impressive local team that consistently delivers for a wide range of clients while actively engaging in national consultations that will shape the future of tax in the UK.” 

 

Team of the Year 

Azets

“The winner of Team of the Year is a highly skilled group of specialists who have been encouraged to combine their love of the technical side of accountancy with impeccable client service and delivery. The results have been superb and this team is now making a national impact.” 

 

Trainee of the Year 

Charlotte Holland from Haines Watts Leeds

 

“The winner of Trainee of the Year is highly regarded internally with many colleagues considering them invaluable and already a go-to expert for help with accounting software. They are an exceptional trainee with a very bright future.”

 

Yorkshire Accountant of the Year 

Peter Sawrij from Thomas Coombs

 

“The winner of Yorkshire Accountant of the Year is highly innovative and dedicated to clients. They led impressively on a change to flexible working and a wealth management initiative that is yielding superb results. A respected practitioner and colleague who deserves the recognition of this prestigious accolade.”