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Award categories

Review the criteria for the 2017 awards.

Awards categories for the Manchester Accountancy and Finance Excellence Awards.

Finance Leader (Practice)

This award recognises a Chartered Accountants’ outstanding leadership skills. The nominee does not have to be an established leader i.e Partner, their leadership may be shown as part of a particular project, initiative or assignment or in a more general sense.

Leadership may be interpreted as leading a team well or demonstrating innovation, vision-setting or excelling as a role model. These skills will be equally applicable whether they are demonstrated early or late in the nominee’s career.

As part of your nomination, please try and cover the 3 questions below for the nominee indicating their achievements as succinctly and specifically as possible (e.g.: increased sales by X%; expanded operations by opening new office(s) or introducing new services/products; implemented staff L&D programme; implemented CSR initiatives; etc.).

  1. What has been the greatest professional achievement in the last 12 months?
  2. What challenges and opportunities (internal and external) are faced within the organisation?
  3. Please give examples of where the individual has led a team well, or has excelled as a role model?
Finance Leader (Business)

This award recognises a Chartered Accountant in business or academia who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills. The nominee does not have to be an established leader i.e. FD, their leadership may be shown as part of a particular project, initiative or assignment or in a more general sense.

Leadership may be interpreted as leading a team well or demonstrating innovation, vision-setting or excelling as a role model. These skills will be equally applicable whether they are demonstrated early or late in the nominee’s career.

As part of your nomination, please try and cover the 4 questions below for the nominee indicating their achievements as succinctly and specifically as possible (e.g.: increased sales by X%; expanded operations by opening new office(s) or introducing new services/products; implemented staff L&D programme; implemented CSR initiatives; etc.).

  1. What has been the greatest professional achievement in the last 12 months?
  2. What challenges and opportunities (internal and external) are faced within the organisation?
  3. As Finance Director, what is their role on the Board and what do they add to the Board?
  4. Why do you think they should win the title of Finance Leader (Business) 2017?
Accountancy Team of the Year

This award recognises members of a finance team in a business or indeed the in-house finance team in an accountancy practice. The team nominated should be two or more people and at least one member of the team should be living or working in the Manchester area. The team may be a sub-set of the wider finance team.

The nominees of this award will demonstrate evidence of real team contribution or effort. This may be across a number of areas for example:

The winners will be the team in each category which, in the opinion of our judges, has made the most significant contribution in the following sections:

  • demonstrated a strong ability to work well as a team;
  • provided evidence of end results reached as a team which have benefited the company and/or clients;
  • developed and implemented innovative approaches as a team which have benefited the company and/or clients;
  • shown evidence of flexibility and support for each other which has contributed towards meeting business objectives while maintaining positive team sentiment.

As part of your nomination, please try and cover the following questions below for the nominee indicating their achievements as succinctly and specifically as possible (e.g.: increased sales by X%; expanded operations by opening new office(s) or introducing new services/products; implemented staff L&D programme; implemented CSR initiatives; etc.).

  1. How has the business/firm contributed to the economic life of the region in the past 12 months? This may be the result of your commercial activities or the influence your business has had on economic development.
  2. What success has the business had in the last 12 months?
  3. What end result which has been reached as a team, has benefited the company and/or clients?
Rising Star

This award celebrates the profession’s brightest prospects in business or practice and will go to a talented accountant who is showing great promise in their career. Whilst generally this is likely to be a younger member, it could in fact be anyone in the early stages of ascendancy in their career and therefore may include post career breakers or late entrants to the profession.

Nominations will be for demonstrating strength and promise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Professionalism
  • Technical competency
  • Business judgement
  • Financial contribution/improvement
  • Building productive relationships with
  • Internal or external customers
  • Bringing benefit to a deserving group or the broader community
  • Contribution to the success of their employer, colleagues and/or clients
  • Positive management or leadership 

As part of your nomination, please try and cover the following questions below for the nominee indicating their achievements as succinctly and specifically as possible (e.g.: increased sales by X%; expanded operations by opening new office(s) or introducing new services/products; implemented staff L&D programme; implemented CSR initiatives; etc.).

  1. What has been their most outstanding professional achievement of the last 12 months and how has this made a difference to the organisation?
  2. Please provide evidence as to how relationships have been built and made a difference to the firm and/or clients.
  3. You may provide statements from a client demonstrating how they feel they have made a difference to their organisation and/or from a Senior Manager or Director with whom they work closely demonstrating how they feel they have made a difference to the organisation.
  4. Please state why you think your nominee should win the title of 'Rising Star 2017'.

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