Award Categories 2018


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 Outstanding Achievement.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 1st March 2018

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 Accounts Assistants, Clerks, Trainees and similar, preferably AAT members/students, and active chartered qualification students, who have made a significant impact to their employer’s or client’s business.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Responsiveness to customer needs (internal or external)
  • Commitment to quality
  • Leadership and team working

 

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Rising Star Accountant of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to accountants under the age of 30 (as at 28th February 2018) with relevant work experience, who hold a chartered qualification or are actively studying towards being qualified. Nominees are likely to hold roles such as Management & Financial Accountants, Financial Analysts, Accountants, Auditors and similar.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Increased/sustained financial achievement for the company
  • Client service excellence
  • Added value to clients
  • Innovation and initiative
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Approachability
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and flexible working skills
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Rising Star Tax Adviser of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to Tax Advisers under the age of 30 (as at 28th February 2018) who work in Tax 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
  • Innovation and proactivity
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Approachability
  • Added value to clients
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working skills
  • Technical skills
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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
  • Client service excellence
  • Added value to clients
  • Innovation and initiative
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Approachability
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and flexible working skills
Tax Adiviser of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to any individual working within the taxation field in a firm or organisation.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Professional conduct in relation to tax
  • Client service excellence
  • Added value to clients
  • Innovation and initiative
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Technical excellence
  • Approachability
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and flexible working skills

 

Finance Director of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to all registered financial directors who have overall financial responsibility for their organisation.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Increased/sustained financial achievement for the company
  • Client service excellence
  • Added value to clients
  • Innovation and initiative
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Approachability
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Team working and flexible working skills

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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
  • How your results have benefited your company and/or clients
  • Business improvement through team work
  • Increased productivity as a team
  • Examples of innovation
  • Evidence of flexibility and colleague support

 

Public Services Finance Team of the Year

Eligibility: This award is open to teams of two or more people from public and third sector organisations.

Judges will assess the nomination on the following areas:

  • Ability to work well as a team
  • How your results have benefited your organisation and/or customers
  • Increased organisational performance, efficiency and effectiveness as a result of the team’s work
  • Increased productivity/ enhanced service delivery
  • Examples of innovation
  • Evidence of flexibility and colleague support

 

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

Best Client Project of the Year *NEW FOR 2018*

Eligibility: This award recognises excellence in an advisory team who have provided outstanding value and service to their clients. This may include exemplary approaches to knowledge management, development of new propositions, continuous improvement in operational efficiencies or innovations in the creation of value for clients. Entry is open to all practices and inhouse teams.

Judges will be looking for:

  • A clear understanding of the client’s strategy, needs and aspirations
  • Evidence of the project team’s pivotal role in embedding and managing the initiative that has transformed the clients’ business
  • Demonstration of delivering a customer-centred and unique service, setting the client apart from competitors
  • Quantifiable performance improvements and sustainable growth for the client
  • Provide evidence from the client to support the entry

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

 

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

 

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. For 2018 judges across all category panels will also be able to submit nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award based on showing evidence on all of the criteria below.

For this category the committee will be looking for demonstrations of superior working in the following areas:

  • Significant achievement over many years
  • Determination
  • Enterprise
  • Strategic development
  • Leadership
  • High quality of service
  • Integrity
  • Clear thought
  • Attitude
  • Innovation

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