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FDs” Excellence Awards 2017: Microsoft, Sage and KPMG among this year’s winners

FDs' Excellence Awards 2017

Held on Wednesday 17 May at the Royal College of Surgeons, the FDs” Excellence Awards 2017 has taken place for the 13th year, hosted by comedian and writer Adam Kay during a three-course meal.

The latest outing of the FDs” Excellence Awards sees the event continue the mission to recognise the finance directors and institutions supporting growth of British businesses.

The ceremony was held as part of The FD Surgery, an event dedicated to diagnosing and curing the ailments that impact the finance sector, with support from

Concur, Corporate Traveller, Director Bank, IOD, Kronos, Lloyds Bank, Menzies, Qubic Tax, Wells Fargo and World First.

Competition among FDs” Excellence Awards nominees was of an incredibly high standard, according to the panel of judges that comprised FD veterans and industry experts, while the winners of the Service Provider and Lender categories were decided by the ratings given in the FDs” Satisfaction Survey.

Brian McArthur-Muscroft of Paysafe Group was awarded the Inspirational FD of the Year title, with one judge declaring: Brian is a truly inspiring CFO, having delivered massively valuable projects, had a demonstrable impact on investor perception, and lifting the company’s people with him.

Elsewhere, Microsoft, Sage, Scottish Widows and KPMG were among those victorious on the day.

The full list of winners of the FDs” Excellence Awards 2017 are:

Financial Software Vendor: SME Clients

Microsoft Dynamics

Financial Software Vendor: Larger Clients


Pension Firm of the Year

Scottish Widows

Recruitment Firm of the Year

Walker Hamill

Accountancy Firm of the Year: SME Clients


Accountancy Firm of the Year: Larger Clients


Business Bank of the Year

Lloyds Bank

Private Company FD of the Year Smaller and Mid-Sized Business ( £20m and under turnover)

Ross Farrow, Splash Damage

Private Company FD of the Year Larger Business (Over £20m turnover)

Darren Damiano, Venntro Media Group

Private Equity Backed FD of the Year

Richard West, Clifford Thames

Young Finance Professional of the Year (Under 35)

Kyle Tyrell, AXA

Inspirational FD of the Year

Brian McArthur-Muscroft, Paysafe Group


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