Accountants hope to score double in regional awards

16th Nov

Sowerby LLP has been nominated in both the Independent Firm of the Year and Trainee Accountant of the Year categories in the awards, which celebrate the region’s best and brightest in accountancy. With a wide range of individual and team honours, the ceremony is set to take place virtually on December 3.
The Independent Firm of the Year category required entrants to demonstrate appreciation and recognition from clients and other firms, a strong initiative setting them apart from the rest, and a proven track record of activity and involvement in the wider business community. 
Elizabeth Blanchard, partner at Sowerby, said: “It is my belief that an accountant is more than just a number cruncher. With the appropriate expertise, application and dedication to clients, an accountant becomes a business adviser, a trusted sounding board and an integral element in the evolution of a client’s business affairs.
“A 43-strong firm with five partners, our remit goes beyond that of outstanding client service; we desire success for our clients at the same level we strive for advancement of our firm. We are a firm that has had double-digit average growth over the last 10 years and much of this is due to our strong staff base. All firms endeavour to hire exceptional staff, but it is the above ethos of our firm that allows us to attract and retain them.”
As a further commitment to the development of its staff, Sowerby entered trainee Lauren Ralph into the awards in recognition of her hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Partner Richard Skewis said: “It is not just the standard of Lauren’s work that is impressive, but also her commitment to the firm. Throughout her time at Sowerby Lauren has shown an interest in our own internal systems, offering constructive ideas about how we can modify these systems and under her own initiative is beginning to step into a management role in the monitoring of workflow and staff development. This is not something we would expect a trainee at Lauren’s level to accomplish, yet it has been a natural step in Lauren’s progression.”
Lauren said: “I am delighted to be nominated and shortlisted for the trainee of the year award, particularly with it being through Sowerby, where I hope to continue my growth within the firm for the foreseeable future. They are extremely supportive in my development and I thoroughly enjoy working here.”
 

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