Award Categories 2020


The Awards are designed to showcase and celebrate finance talent across the region. The following award categories reflect the breadth of specialisms and roles across the profession, and enable talent to be recognised across the career span from Rising Star of the Year to Firm of the Year.

Deadline for nominations is Monday 2nd March 2020

To submit a nomination click the category below. Please ensure you review the specific category criteria and award guidelines before submitting your nomination.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Accounting Technician of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to those actively studying towards an Accounting Technician qualification, such as ATT or AAT. This award is for nominees who have made a significant impact to their employer’s or client’s business.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Professionalism
  • Examples of innovation or initiative taken
  • Responsiveness to customer needs (internal or external)
  • Willingness to development in the role
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and flexible working skills
Submit a nomination
Rising Star Accountant of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to individuals currently studying towards a chartered accountancy qualification or newly qualified Chartered Accountants (up to 5 years). Nominees are required to demonstrate significant and growing impact to their employer’s or clients’ business.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Examples of recent achievements for clients or the company
  • Client service excellence
  • Impact to firm or company
  • Examples of innovation or initiative taken
  • Professional development and willingness to learn
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and approachability
Submit a nomination
Rising Star Tax Adviser of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to Tax Advisers who work in Tax (up to 5 years) and are part or fully qualified or are actively studying towards being qualified as a Tax Adviser or Accountant specialising in Tax.


Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Client service excellence
  • Impact to firm or company
  • Technical skills
  • Examples of innovation or initiative taken
  • Professional development and willingness to learn
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and approachability
Submit a nomination
Accountant of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to qualified, professional accountants from all sectors who occupy a lead role such as Financial Controller, Finance Manager, Supervisor or Senior.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Increased/sustained financial achievement for the company and/or clients
  • Client service excellence
  • Impact to firm or company
  • Added value to clients
  • Examples of innovation and initiative taken
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Professional development
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and approachability
Submit a nomination
Tax Adviser of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to any team of professionals working within the taxation field. There is no minimum or maximum number of people in the team.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Examples of innovation or initiative taken
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Client service excellence
  • Professional development and willingness to learn
  • Team working and approachability
  • Added value to the business and/or clients
  • Leadership skills
  • Professional conduct in relation to tax
  • Technical excellence
Finance Director of the Year

Eligibility: This category is open to FD’s and CFO’s who have responsibility for all the financial strategies, procedures and activities within their company or organisation

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Increased/sustained financial achievement for the company
  • Strong business planning and strategic overview
  • Evidence of working across departments to achieve financial growth
  • Added value to the business and/or clients
  • Examples of innovation
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and approachability

    Submit a nomination

TEAM AWARDS:

Business Finance Team of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to teams of two or more people from commerce and industry.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Ability to work well as a team
  • Increased performance, efficiency and effectiveness as a result of the team’s work
  • How your results have benefited your company and/or clients
  • Effective collaboration with other departments
  • Examples of innovation or new initiatives
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Staff development and training opportunities
Public Services Finance Team of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to teams of two or more people from public sector, not for profit and third sector organisations.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Ability to work well as a team
  • Increased performance, efficiency and effectiveness as a result of the team’s work
  • How your results have benefited your company and/or clients
  • Effective collaboration with other departments
  • Examples of innovation or new initiatives
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Staff development and training opportunities
Submit a nomination
Corporate Finance Deal of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to corporate finance departments and corporate recovery departments operating within accountancy firms, smaller boutique corporate finance firms where qualified accountants account for the majority of professional staff and corporate financial advisers.

The nomination must show that the finance team has been instrumental in securing the deal for the client as well as showing evidence of:

  • Innovation in initiating the deal
  • How the deal has maximised benefit to the regional economy
  • Strong team work and dedication
  • Flexibility in job roles to ensure the end result
  • How the financial strength of all interested parties including advisors, customers, employees, financiers and owners is increased by the deal
Submit a nomination

FIRM AWARDS:

Accountancy Firm of the Year (Under 50 employees)

Eligibility: This award is for an Accountancy firm with an employee count of 50 or less, which has enjoyed an exceptional year and can demonstrate its outstanding achievements. The judges will be looking at a number of areas including, growth, innovation, client service and CSR

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Added value to clients
  • Raised clients’ competitive advantage
  • Excellence in the delivery of client service
  • Business progress and improvement over the year
  • Provides a positive working environment
  • Sets itself apart from its competitors
  • Staff development and training opportunities
  • CSR
  • Regional impact
Submit a nomination
Accountancy Firm of the Year (Between 51-200 employees)

Eligibility: This award is for an Accountancy firm with an employee count of between 51 and 200 which has enjoyed an exceptional year and can demonstrate its outstanding achievements. The judges will be looking at a number of areas including, growth, innovation, client service and CSR

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Added value to clients
  • Raised clients’ competitive advantage
  • Excellence in the delivery of client service
  • Business progress and improvement over the year
  • Provides a positive working environment
  • Sets itself apart from its competitors
  • Staff development and training opportunities
  • CSR
  • Regional impact
Accountancy Firm of the Year (Over 200 employees)

Eligibility: This award is for an Accountancy firm with an employee count of over 200 which has enjoyed an exceptional year and can demonstrate outstanding achievements. The judges will be looking at a number of areas including growth, innovation, client service and CSR.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Added value to clients
  • Raised clients’ competitive advantage
  • Excellence in the delivery of client service
  • Business progress and improvement over the year
  • Provided a positive working environment
  • Sets itself apart from competitors
  • Staff development and training opportunities
  • CSR
  • Regional impact
Submit a nomination

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

John Wall Award for Outstanding Achievement

Eligibility: This Award is for individuals who have shown significant achievement over many years and made an outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession or the company which they are part of.

There are no interviews taking place for this award as the winner is chosen by a committee.

The committee will be looking for demonstrations of superior working in the following areas:

  • Significant achievement over many years
  • Strategic development
  • Leadership
  • Regional impact
  • Contribution to the industry

Why Nominate?

There’s no better feeling than walking up on stage and collecting that award. Knowing all your hard work, enthusiasm and diligence has been recognised, not only by your company and clients but by the whole region.

But there’s more to our awards than that, the journey starts long before the night of the awards and is a fantastic way of putting your company in the spotlight. Finalists are announced months before the awards through the press, social media and industry bodies as well as the awards website and email marketing. Promo banners are sent to display on your email signature and website offering valuable promotional activity for you and your company. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase advertising space in our special awards supplement which is published straight after the event and includes editorial, photos, winners and finalists from the awards.

Our awards are much more than one evening, they’re a year long process which offers our finalists and partners unique exposure that can’t be gained through traditional advertising.

Click here to view some of last years press coverage.

We look forward to receiving your nomination and good luck! 

Had a great night at the @NEA_Awards yesterday! Winning the award has got to be the highlight of the night!

National Audit Office