Now in their eleventh year, the FDs’ Excellence Awards has once again honoured the UK’s brightest FDs and financial service providers – including Lloyds Banking Group, which picked up the Business Bank of the Year Award for the second time in a row.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Young Finance Professional of the Year category went to John Story of Story Contracting, a business revolving around rail-related building and civil engineering projects
Service providers were also recognised on the night, having been highly rated by FDs across the nation. These winners were determined by Real Business’ annual Satisfaction Survey, which found that FDs and CFOs are happy with the finance sectors current state, highlighting that finance is less of a concern than it was a year ago.
In line with this belief, Rain Newton-Smith, CBI director of economics, said: “As the economy moves steadily along the right tracks, the financial sector, and its skilled directors, has a huge role to play in continuing to drive growth and create jobs right across the country. Tonight’s awards showcase some of the sector’s leading lights, present and future, and the CBI is delighted to offer them, and the awards, our continued support.”
The survey has offered various intriguing insights into how FDs view the UK economy.
When quizzed on how satisfied they were with the personal relationships they and their team had with their bank, 66 per cent were resoundingly positive. The survey also revealed that locating and hiring the best staff for the companies they run has been the biggest pinch point.
And when asked to rank EU membership on a scale of one to five, with one being “completely disagree” and five being “totally agree”, 31.6 per cent ticked four and 28.8 per cent ticked five.
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This year saw the Bank of Scotland celebrate as Mark Hull scooped the Bank Manager of the Year Award. Also victorious was Michael Page who walked away with the Recruitment Firm of the Year Award – while Intuit QuickBooks triumphed the Financial Software Vendor: Smaller Clients category and Sage was named as the Financial Software Provider: Larger Clients victor.
Liz Rylatt, ICAEW executive director, said: “I am thrilled to celebrate the success of the UK’s top talent in the finance profession. With a new government in place, finance directors are at the critical stage of balancing and growing our economy again. Therefore the calibre of winners at these awards is very encouraging, both for the future of our profession and the impact it has on the wider economy.”
Full list of winners:
FTSE 100 FD of the Year – Chris Kennedy of easyJet
FTSE 250 FD of the Year – Mike Wroe of JUST EAT
Smaller Quoted FD of the Year – Liz Dixon of Tristel
Young Finance Professional of the Year – John Story of Story Contracting
Private Company FD of the Year: Smaller Businesses – David Lee of Mendeley
Private Company FD of the Year: Mid-Sized Businesses – Colin Webster of BRUIN Financial
Private Company FD of the Year: Larger Businesses – Helen Rieupeyroux of Genuine Solutions Group
Private Equity-Backed FD of the Year – Gerard Keenan of CitySprint
Bank Manager of the Year – Mark Hull of Bank of Scotland
Accountancy Firm of the Year: Smaller clients – Baker Tilly
Accountancy Firm of the Year: Larger clients – Haines Watts
Business Bank of the Year – Lloyds Banking Group
Financial Software Vendor: Smaller Clients – Intuit QuickBooks
Financial Software Vendor: Larger Clients – Sage
Recruitment Firm of the Year – Michael Page
Pensions Firm of the Year – St James’s Place
Amy Carroll, group editor of Caspian Media, summed up the talent on display: “We were particularly struck by the judges praise for the entrants this year, as reflected by the number who were cited as being as ‘Highly Commended’, alongside the category winners. A wide variety of organisations from many different sectors were represented in the final line-up, united by their financial skills and focus on business success. It will be interesting to see how they all continue to progress in the months and years ahead.”