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As a world leader of the accountancy and finance profession ICAEW is committed to encouraging best practice and recognising individuals and businesses who can truly be described as excellent. Through sponsorship we are able to demonstrate our commitment to excellence, enhance the reputation of accountancy, and to inspire confidence in the profession and across wider business.

National Business Awards

InterfaceFLOR celebrated with the cream of British business at the prestigious and influential National Business Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The flooring company was awarded with the ICAEW Sustainability Award.

The company, a worldwide leader in the design and production of high-quality, high style, innovative carpet tiles, is widely regarded as an environmental pioneer for its bold ambition to become the industry’s first sustainable business by 2020.

Judges said of the company: “InterfaceFLOR is one of the leading innovators in business and it is good to see such a strong candidate in this category.”

FDs' Excellence Awards

Richard Pennycook, the group finance director for British food retailer Morrisons, scooped the top award at last night’s (10 May) FDs’ Excellence Awards 2011.

Held in association with ICAEW and supported by the CBI and Real Business magazine the awards recognised the best-performing FDs from public and privately owned companies in the UK.

Pennycook walked away with the FTSE 100 FD of the Year award after fighting off competition from Paul Brooks of Experian, Michael McKeon of Severn Trent, John Bason of Associated British Foods and Douglas Hurt of IMI.

Other winners on the night were:

  • FTSE 250 FD of the Year (supported by Lombard): Mike Butterworth, Cookson Group; Richard Perry, Fenner (joint winners).
  • Smaller Quoted FD of the Year (supported by Lombard) - Kevin Boyd, Oxford Instruments
  • Young FD of the Year (supported by Lloyds Banking Group) – Andrew Lewis, Avon Rubber
  • Private Company FD of the Year (supported by Jordans) – Jim Green, Burton’s Foods
  • FD of the Future (supported by Ernst & Young) - Glenn Hayward, Nominet

ICAEW also awarded their Sustainable Business Award to Richard Hutton, the finance director for bakery business Greggs. Richard joined Greggs in 1998 and became FD in 2006. He has led the development of Greggs Breakfast Clubs, which gives free breakfasts to primary school children around the country.  Under his supervision the scheme has grown from one club in 1999 into a national initiative with 164 clubs providing breakfasts to more than 7,000 children every school day.

Mr Hutton is also a trustee of Greggs’ charitable foundation. The foundation last year awarded £800,000 in grants to local community and environmental organisations. In addition, he sits on Greggs Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) steering committee and drives the company’s approach to sustainability.

Michael Izza, chief executive of ICAEW, commented: “We are delighted to support these prestigious awards because they are about excellence in business and because we believe that good FDs support the economic growth we are all so keen to hasten.”

First Women Awards

Vin Murria from Advanced Computer Software was awarded the ICAEW Finance Award at the First Women Awards on 30 June.

The Awards bring together many of the UK's most inspirational businesswomen. ICAEW is proud to be part of the Awards which complements the work we do to promote gender equality, women in finance and leadership, and to celebrate female pioneers across British business, professional and public life.

For more information, and a full list of winners visit the Real Business website.

Scottish Accountancy Awards

The financial services sector has been one of the strongest growth areas of the Scottish economy and makes an outstanding contribution to our economy as well as being one of the major employers. ICAEW are proud sponsors of the Scottish Accountancy Awards to recognise excellence in the profession and to promote business leadership. The awards evening will be held on Thursday 19 May at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow. For more information on these awards please visit the Scottish Accountancy Awards website

Responsible Business Convention

Responsible Business Convention The inaugural BITC Responsible Business Convention took place on the 17 & 18 March 2011 and welcomed over 400 senior business executives from across the UK & Europe.

ICAEW were proud sponsors of this event to support our sustainability programme. We believe that as a profession we should support economic development and prosperity. We bring people together to share their views on sustainability, are involved in research, and produce guidance for the wider business community on sustainability and corporate responsibility. Our goal is to develop better information to assess and enhance the contribution business is making to a sustainable world.

Our Head of Sustainability, Richard Spencer spoke at the Convention on the topic ‘What will the future look like?’  He talked about what he believes the big issues will be and where the profession should be – talking in depth about broadening the role of new types of information away from just historic financial information. Richard also spoke on what we as a professional and public interest body should look like in the future.

Heads of CSR, Marketing, HR, Environment, Finance and Supply Chain gathered to hear practical insights and inspiring case studies from over 70 global business leaders and to pave the way for their businesses to create long-term, sustainable business models with economic, environmental and social value.