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Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 ceremony highlights and reaction!

Posted by Mark Dugdale on 1 March 2023

The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 ceremony was a fantastic night

What a week for the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 winners!

Last week’s ceremony saw 10 organisations and seven practitioners prevail across 19 categories, ranging from Independent Firm of the Year to the prestigious Yorkshire Accountant of the Year.

The ceremony was a fantastic evening of socialising and networking—with hundreds of guests in attendance, all celebrating the Yorkshire accountancy profession and its many achievements.

The support of 13 premier sponsors helped make the night possible, from taking to the stage to announce the winners to providing the excellent backdrop that was the media wall for all of the evening’s photos.

Here are the highlights from Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 ceremony.

Let’s find out what some of the winners and their guests and colleagues have had to say about their impressive achievements.

Shorts: Team of the Year, Best Employer of the Year and Consultancy/Advisory Service Award

Michelle Frost, finance and operations director at Shorts, said: “What a night! It was so wonderful to come together to celebrate the fantastic talent in Yorkshire and, of course, the fact that it was an opportunity for our team to shine made it all the more special.

“Being nominated for five award categories was outstanding, picking up three of them is a testament to the hard work, grit and teamwork of our entire team.”

Naylor Wintersgill: Independent Firm of the Year and Managing Partner of the Year (Victoria Wainwright)

Victoria Wainwright from Naylor Wintersgill said: “I’m so proud to lead such a dedicated team who I believe are the key to the overall success of Naylor Wintersgill. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to our clients through our core values deserves to be recognised, and it’s what really makes Naylor Wintersgill a great place for our clients and our colleagues to grow and succeed, together.

“I thoroughly enjoy continuing to play an active role in advising our clients alongside the team and helping to maintain the strong culture we have developed here.”

Asda: In-House Finance Team of the Year

Neil McDonald from Asda wrote: “Proud to be part of the Asda Finance team that won ‘In-House Finance Team of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards last night.

“We celebrated on the night with all the colleagues that won colleague of the month in 2022, it was a great way to end the year. Well done to the whole team for their fantastic work.”

Chambers Accountants: Niche Firm of the Year

Chambers Accountants wrote: “What a result!….

“Chambers Accountants have won the award for Niche Firm of the Year at the 2023 Yorkshire Accountancy Awards for our work tailored exclusively towards Barristers and Chambers.”

Evelyn Partners: Brand of the Year

Evelyn Partners wrote: “We are pleased to announce that we have won Brand of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023!

“While proud of our roots, an exciting new chapter in our story had begun.”

Mazars: Diversity and Inclusion Award and Rising Star of the Year (Jack Sunter from Mazars)

Mazars wrote: Last week, our teams celebrated winning the Rising Star of the Year and Diversity and Inclusion award at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023.

The evening showcased a wide range of individual and team award categories where an independent panel of experts recognised and rewarded the very best regional practice.

We’re extremely proud of our team’s achievements and hope everyone enjoyed the event, celebrating the result of their hard work 👏

Jack Sunter from Mazars wrote: “Absolutely over the moon and chuffed to bits to win Rising Star of the Year tonight at the 2023 Yorkshire Accountancy Awards and to be able to celebrate with such a great team! 👍🕺😄”

BDO: Support Staff of the Year (Joanne Wade from BDO), Audit Service Award, Trainee of the Year (Jasmin Kang from BDO) and Partner of the Year (Dan Brookes from BDO)

Claire Harris from BDO wrote: “Our very own Joanne Wade won Support Staff of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. Well done Jo! #yaa #bdoproud #bdo”

Jasmin Kang from BDO wrote: “A great night last night for BDO Leeds at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. I’m over the moon to have won Trainee of the Year!

“A big thank you to BDO BR Leeds for their support and encouragement over the last few years!”

Dan Brookes from BDO wrote: “Absolutely delighted to collect this award on behalf of our fabulous team in Yorkshire. #bdoproud #yaa #ideaspeopletrust”

Gravitate Accounting: Yorkshire Accountant of the Year (Sam Newton)

Gravitate Accounting wrote: “A huge congratulations to our co-founder Sam Newton for winning the Accountant of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards last night! An amazing achievement for both Sam and all the dedicated, hard work and support from the incredible team 👏🏼🎉

“The fantastic work from our team also meant we were nominated as a finalist for Independent Firm of the Year too! 🙌 We could not be prouder of all the hard work put in from our team this year that has helped us achieve get this award!”

Many of the sponsors of the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 also flocked to social media to congratulate the winners and finalists.

Blacks Solicitors, sponsor of Brand of the Year

Blacks Solicitors wrote: “We attended the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards on Thursday, and what a great evening we had!🥂

“Congratulations to all of the deserving winners and finalists, especially the Brand of the Year winners, Evelyn Partners sponsored by us.👏

Bright, sponsor of Niche Firm of the Year

Bright wrote: “Now the dust has settled we can truly reflect on the amazing night that was the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards.

“So proud to be a part of the event and to also sponsor the Niche Firm of the Year award.

“Massive congratulations to all the winners, and to the winner of our category Chambers Accountants, well deserved 👏”

Castle Employment Group, sponsor of Best Employer of the Year

Castle Employment Group wrote: “We loved celebrating the best of Yorkshire business at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards last night. There were some fantastic success stories which were brilliant to hear.

“Well done to all the winners, especially Shorts, who won Best Employer of the Year, which we sponsored.

Intuit QuickBooks, sponsor of Yorkshire Accountant of the Year

Kelly Bhamra from Intuit wrote: “What a great night at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards in Leeds. It was lovely meeting old and new clients along with friends. Amazing night and a very well done to those who won awards and came runners up.”

Penfold, sponsor of the media wall

Penfold wrote: “Our extremely dapper Business Development team were representing Penfold at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards last week.

“Huge thanks to Moneyweb and Workplace Pensions Direct for joining us for a fantastic evening!”

The Private Office (TPO), sponsor of Managing Partner of the Year

The Private Office (TPO) wrote: “We were delighted to attend the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023 last week to present the award for ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ category The Private Office (TPO) sponsored this year.

“Congratulations to Victoria Wainwright, Naylor Wintersgill for winning.

“We would also like to congratulate Chloe Ellis, Mazars in the UK and Russell Turner, Azets for being shortlisted!”

Wolters Kluwer

Phil Hobden from Wolters Kluwer wrote: “Well that was amazing!

“Thanks everyone who joined our table for last nights Yorkshire Accountancy Awards in Leeds! Lots of great company, food and wine (although I remain on my dry Jan kick!)

“Was great to see so many Wolters Kluwer UK customers nominated (and winning) awards across last nights event, as well as so many other inspiring and inspirational #accountants and #bookkeepers!

“Also great to run into some old friends such as Kat Bond John Toon Sarah Broderick 🚀 Jonathan Stobart Kelly Bhamra Johann G. Bev Flanagan and many others!

“Let’s do it again soon! Thanks as always Steph Czaplinska for making our night run smoothly.


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