Yorkshire Accountancy Awards

Winners celebrate their achievements at first Yorkshire Accountancy Awards

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In association with Sage, the inaugural Yorkshire Accountancy Awards, from organiser Barker Brooks Communications, saw more than 350 professionals gather at New Dock Hall in Leeds to celebrate the achievements of the region’s leading lights.

The second in a series of awards ceremonies celebrating the achievements of professional services in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards is the first event of its kind dedicated solely to accountancy in the region.

Modelled on the highly successful and well-established Yorkshire Legal Awards, which routinely attracts more than 800 lawyers from across the region, the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards featured 18 categories to best demonstrate the skills and expertise of the profession in the region.

The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards saw Deloitte and Grant Thornton pick up three awards each, and a whole host of colleagues and firms celebrate impressive wins.

Among Deloitte’s haul was Best Employer of the Year, Tax Team of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. Grant Thornton, meanwhile, was recognised for Brand of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Managing Partner of the Year.

Attendees enjoyed a three-course meal and live music, as well as stand-up comedy from host Ellie Taylor, star of Snog Marry Avoid and The Mash Report.

“The time has come for the accountancy profession to be recognised for the work that it does in Yorkshire,” says Barker Brooks Commercial Director Alex Gray. “This is our inaugural awards, but the profession in Yorkshire has responded remarkably from the outset, laying the ground for the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards to grow and continue to showcase the collective achievements of the region’s best and brightest for years to come.”

John Cullen, Professor of Management Accounting at Sheffield University Management School, presented the the Public Services Finance Team of the Year award to winner North Yorkshire County Council. He comments: “The event was excellent. I have attended many such awards and the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards was, by far, one of the best organised.”

All of the photos from the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards are available to view now.

Below is a full list of winners from last night’s Yorkshire Accountancy Awards:

Best Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Sage)

Independent Firm of the Year (Sponsored by Blacks Solicitors)
Watson Buckle Chartered Accountants

Mid-Tier Firm of the Year (Sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks)

Large Firm of the Year (Sponsored by Porsche Leeds)
KPMG Leeds

New Firm of the Year
Wilson Howe Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

Corporate Finance Team of the Year
Dow Schofield Watts

Advisory Team of the Year

Tax Team of the Year (Sponsored by Sage)

Public Services Finance Team of the Year
North Yorkshire County Council

Trainee of the Year (Sponsored by The Apprenticeship Guide)
Faye Sherwood, Sowerby FRS

Rising Star of the Year (Sponsored by Handelsbanken)
Hannah Barraclough, Grant Thornton UK

Finance Director of the Year
Stephen Willis, University of Hull

Brand of the Year
Grant Thornton UK

Support Staff of the Year
Heather Priestley, Deloitte

Yorkshire Advisor of the Year
Martin Mellor, Mellor Financial Management

Partner of the Year (Sponsored by Compleat Software)
Lee Marshall, RSM

Managing Partner of the Year (Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin)
Andy Wood, Grant Thornton UK

Yorkshire Accountant of the Year (Sponsored by Sage)
Richard Smedley, Richard Smedley Chartered Accountants

About Barker Brooks Communications

Barker Brooks Communications is a Yorkshire-based media company that specialises in live events and trusted media content in B2B professional markets, including law, financial services, education and a range of medical sectors:

About the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards

The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards celebrate the achievements and successes of the region’s best and brightest. Its categories are designed to encourage nominations from small independent, mid-tier and large firms while also offering a wide range of individual and team awards: and @YA_awards on Twitter

For more information, contact:

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Barker Brooks Invests In Intellectual Property

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Rapidly expanding Barker Brooks invests heavily to protect its intellectual property.

With many valuable established brands as well as new planned products that are due to be launched shortly, Barker Brooks has decided to strategically invest in protecting its intellectual property.

As publishers, Barker Brooks has always benefited from copyright laws for its publishing brands. However as Barker Brooks expands into new areas, the company has made the strategic decision to go much further than that to protect the portfolio of Barker Brooks assets.

Growing Barker Brooks Expand

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Having relocated to Leeds, Barker Brooks expand into larger offices.

This will allow future expansion and allow us to launch our latest new engaging live events and trusted media products in our key business to business professional markets.

Fortunately we remain in the same building so everything stays the same apart from the fact that we now have a nicer view, more space and we are all in one nice open plan space.

Mark Dugdale Joins Growing Barker Brooks

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We are really pleased to announce that Mark Dugdale has joined us in the role of Editor.

Mark Dugdale is an experienced editor with experience in professional markets that has the vision to not just improve our current product portfolio, but to drive new products too.

When we say editor, we mean the modern definition of editor that now includes being a photographer, journalist, reporter, blogger, web designer, graphic artist, proof reader, cameraman, sound engineer, producer and presenter. Mark is going to be very busy.

Expansion into New Offices at Airedale House

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We have expanded our offices to Airedale House in central Leeds to better service our clients and be closer to our supply chain. The brand new purpose built offices in the media hub of Leeds has excellent facilities and is part of our expansion as Barker Brooks launches new products in 2017.

Barker Brooks Expansion Drive

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The Barker Brooks expansion drive has begun with a recruitment drive for two immediate additional sales posts to help with both expanding sales and new product launches scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

It is planed that the Barker Brooks expansion will involve a strategic move of office and possible takeover in the very near future.

Growing With The Business

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We really like promoting our own people. Seeing someone join the business, grow into their role, begin to take on more responsibility and actively start to give something of substance back is one of the most rewarding things about being involved here. When people deserve a promotion, it’s a pleasure to be able to oblige. The latest people to step up have been Alex Gray and Paul Bunce. Alex joined us as a salesperson, but it soon became clear that he had a broad commercial perspective and business acumen that could be put to better use – so rather than concentrating on a particular product, Alex has been working for some time now as our Head of Business Development. As you might expect, this involves getting out into the market, finding new opportunities, building new client relationships – in short, driving the future growth of the company. He’s already brought a couple of notable new clients on board, and is deeply involved in several other prospective new ventures. Paul, meanwhile, has impressed us so much with his drive and commitment that we’ve made him sales manager. It’s his job to oversee the sales team, monitoring, motivating, setting targets, shooting trouble and generally providing the oxygen that keeps the heart of the company beating. Paul’s first few weeks in his new role have been very successful, so let’s hope that’s a sign of things to come.

The Cream Of The Country

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It’s shaping up to be another record year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards, taking place this year on 16 October at New Dock Hall in Leeds. With just over a fortnight left for nominations to be made, we’ve once again been seriously impressed with the quantity and quality of entries we’ve received. The entries represent the breadth and depth of the legal community in Yorkshire, from trainees to managing partners, from boutique niche firms to barristers’ chambers – and they all tell their own impressive and inspiring stories. While we don’t have any input in the judging process itself, on the strength of what we’ve seen so far we can certainly say that there are going to be some very worthy winners in 2014. Nevertheless, we’d urge anyone who hasn’t got round to entering to do so all the same: even if you think you have no chance of winning, the single biggest thing you can do to help your chances is to put a nomination in! A full list of categories and an online entry form are available here. Tickets for the evening are also starting to sell swiftly. To guarantee you can join in with the celebrations on 16 October you can get them by calling Paul Bunce on 01423 851150.

Access All Areas With The League Managers’ Association

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Needless to say we’re all grown-up professionals here at BB, but every so often we find ourselves working on a project that brings out our inner-schoolchild.

That was very definitely the case when we met up with the League Managers Association  a little while ago. (That’s ‘League’ as in ‘Football League’, in case you’re not familiar with them – the LMA is the official body representing all past and present league managers, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Jose Mourinho.)

Keeping a dispassionate business head on our shoulders wasn’t totally straightforward at our first meeting down at the stunning new FA headquarters at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, where the LMA are based. Boasting everything from state of the art fitness and spa facilities to an indoor grass pitch of the same dimensions as the one at Wembley and even an on-site Hilton hotel, St George’s Park is also covered with footballing memorabilia. Your eyes can’t help but wander the walls. That said, we had something very interesting to discuss.

The LMA are a proactive organisation who are keen to explore possible partnerships with corporate firms, and they offer unique, money-can’t-buy experiences in return. Would you like Harry Redknapp to oversee a 5-a-side tournament at FA HQ for firms you invite, hosting a private dinner and presenting the prizes at the end of the day? Or Arsene Wenger to explain statistical modelling to some of your top executives? That’s the kind of thing that can be arranged.

The LMA enjoy working with firms to craft something unforgettable. We’ve agreed that we’ll work with them to bring them together with prospective partners for major sponsorship arrangements, as well as selling tickets for a range of unique LMA events (Wembley boxes, annual dinners etc) with access to the managers themselves. We think as far as partnerships go, this is in another league entirely. Why not give us a call to find out more?