British Accountancy Awards - Winners 2017 - Levitate Recruitment

British Accountancy Awards – Winners 2017

On Friday October 13th the Levitate Directors spent a fabulous evening at the Hilton on Park Lane as one of the main category sponsors for the British Accountancy Awards.  As the recruitment partner for Accountancy Age, we were honoured to be asked to attend the event and present ‘The Audit Team of the Year 2017’.  The awards allow us to celebrate Excellence in Accountancy & Finance Management and are regarded as the industry’s most prestigious accolades. They pinpoint professional development and highlight those that have demonstrated excellence in their profession. The black-tie bash was attended by over 800 guests, including high profile leaders from the UK business and accountancy sectors.

The evening started well as we had arrived at the Hotel early and decided to have a quick beer at The Dorchester. On the way in we received a phone call from one of the Levitate team to let us know they had just placed a Senior Audit Director they had been working with for over 9 months and upon raising a glass in celebration, we were shocked to see Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Penny walk into the bar and sit next to us. Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo but managed to say hello and have a quick chat about why we were wearing a tux for the evening and how incredible Celtic FCs unbeaten run has been (for those that are unaware, Rod Stewart is a huge fan) C’mon the Hoops!

The event was an incredible success from start to finish; it started with a champagne reception that allowed us the opportunity to have a catch up with many of our client partners before sitting down to a delicious 3 course meal with wine. As guests of Accountancy Age we had a chance to discuss our partnership with them as thought leaders for accountancy recruitment across the publication and we were also able to share a few laughs as we listened to the host for the evening, the comedian and Mock the Week star Hugh Dennis.

The awards began shortly afterwards and it was great to see some of our clients not only nominated but some of them successfully securing a trophy. As sponsors of the 2017 Audit Team of the year, I had the pleasure (although slightly nervous) of presenting the award on stage in front of all the guests. My plan was to congratulate all of the entries and announce them all as winners but the bright lights and moment overcame me and like an over excited game show host I delivered the winner as “HaaaaayyyyysMacintyyyyyyyyyyyre” I then had the opportunity to hand the award over to Bernadette King  as the Financial services Partner of the firm along with further team members.


British Accountancy Awards Winners – Audit team of the year 2017 – Haysmacintyre

Please see below for the full list of winners or CLICK HERE:

Practice Excellence

International Firm of the Year – Grant Thornton

National Firm of the Year – Smith & Williamson

Mid-Tier Firm of the Year – PKF-FPM

New Practice of the Year – Soaring Falco

Regional Practice Excellence

Independent Firm of the Year (Scotland, N Ireland & North, England) – Infinity Partnership

Independent Firm of the Year (Wales & Midlands, England) – Green & Co

Independent Firm of the Year (South-East, England) – DNS Accountants LLP

Independent Firm of the Year (South-West, England) – Inspire

Independent Firm of the Year (East, England) – Nordens

Independent Firm of the Year (Greater London, England) – Accountancy Cloud

Excellence in Accounting and Finance

Accounting Innovation Project of the Year (Small) – SRK

Accounting Innovation Project of the Year (Large) – PKF Little John

In-house Finance Innovation Project of the Year – Unilever

Graduate and Non-Graduate Programme of the Year – KPMG

Highly Commended: Price Bailey

In-house Finance Transformation of the Year – CMS

Best Client Project of the Year – Randall & Payne

Outstanding Community Engagement and Contribution – Price Bailey

Product Excellence

Excellence in Accounting/Finance Technology – Validis

Practice Software Product of the Year – Xero

Highly Commended – Karbon

Team of the Year

Tax Team of the Year – Hazlewoods

Audit Team of the Year – Haysmacintyre

In-house Finance Team of the Year – Pladis Global

Individual Excellence:

Rising Star of the Year – Rachel O’Toole, KPMG

CFO/Finance Director of the Year – Milan Patel, Dotmailer

Partner of the Year – Fiona Hotston Moore, Ensors Accountants

Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance – Judges Choice – Jon Bingham, KPM



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