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International Accounting Bulletin – Industry Forum and Awards 2014

| 16 September 2014

For the first time under the International Accounting Bulletin brand, Timetric will be holding an accountancy forum aimed at UK, European and global accounting firm leaders.

Bringing together some of the most prominent people from the industry the half day event will kick off with a networking lunch followed by two panel session discussions examining the recent industry wide M&A trend and its implication and session on cyber security where a panel of experts will share their views on cyber threats for accounting firms and how to turn them into business advantages

Parallel to the second session IAB will be conducting a global accounting network and association executives round table on risk.

The day will conclude with a networking reception celebrating excellence in the accounting profession as International Accounting Bulletin Awards for 2014 will be awarded.

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The forum and awards reception are free to attend, but are invitation only.
To register your interest in attending please contact:

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International Accounting Bulletin – Industry Forum and Awards 2014

Eligible institutions for the International Accounting Bulletin – Industry Forum and Awards 2014 include:

Networking Reception and IAB Awards 2014.

To view the full category and criteria list, please click on the Categories button above

The networking cocktail reception will be accompanied by the IAB 2014 Awards ceremony. The IAB Awards have grown in importance since the initial ceremony in 2012 and are very well respected within the industry. We expect over 100 nominations across 10 categories.

The International Accounting Bulletin Awards are designed to celebrate accounting achievements over the past year and shine light on the individuals and businesses that have moved the industry forwards.

Some of the past winners include: PwC, KPMG, Grant Thornton International, Crowe Horwath international, RSM, Deloitte, CaseWare, IRIS.

This year you can nominate in 11 categories. Please note that two categories (IAB Personality of the Year and IAB Life Time Achievement Award)  will be awarded by the judging panel without prior nomination. Details of this year’s categories can be found here

  • EXTENDED: The deadline for awards nomination has been extended to 5pm GMT on 13 June 2014
  • Submissions can be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  • Nominees should follow these simply guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of winning.
  • Send your completed nomination to ana.gyorkos@timetric.com
Nomination format

  • All nominations must be sent via email in pdf or Word format
  • Please keep the main nomination document concise and let it not exceed two/three pages
  • You can submit attachments to your nominations, but please ensure it is made clear this are supporting attachments
Nomination guidelines

Be open about your achievements
Information on submissions labelled CONFIDENTIAL will only be shown to members of the judging panel so please be open about successes. At the same time, even where financial information is in the public domain, please include it to provide a full picture of performance.

Support your opinions with facts
When judges compare firm on various criteria, a firm which can quote data on client satisfaction will be given precedence over one which claims “market-leading service quality” without evidence.

Be concise
Bullet points and short paragraphs supported by a couple of charts or graphs are better than long-winded presentations. Full nominations should be kept to a maximum of 1,000 words.

What makes you unique
 In every category, we are looking for firms that stand out from the crowd. When you list the things you do well, don’t forget to emphasise where you feel you are unique among your competitors, or where you do things differently from the rest of the industry.

Follow the criteria
While you are invited to raise any point you feel strengthens your nomination, we recommend clearly and directly addressing each point listed in the category criteria (see the link at the top of the page) – this allows judges to easily compare like with like, and will make sure there are no areas in which your nomination has nothing to say for itself.

Keep it current
Remember that in almost all categories, the award title contains the words “of the year”. For maximum impact, please refer to developments made and performance achieved in the last 12 months. While a record of success won’t hurt a nomination, it is the most recent activity that will win awards for nominees.

The list of award categories and judging criteria for 2014 can be found below. Send your completed nomination to ana.gyorkos@timetric.com


Previous winners can be found under the ‘Awards Winners’ tab

Network of the Year
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistantly delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees in this category must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.


Judges will consider:

  • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region's economic performance)
  • How effectively the network has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets
  • Evidence that the network has consistently provided a top-level standard in network-wide audit quality
  • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice
  • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry
  • Evidence of client satisfaction
  • Evidence that the network has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
  • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public

Previous winners:
2013: Grant Thornton International
2012: PwC 


Rising Star Network
The winner of this award might not be a household name but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the network's global position and reputation across the world
  • Improved performance by fee income and global expansion
  • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
  • Proven innovation to enhance the network's delivery services

Previous winners:
2012: Kreston International 

Association of the Year
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delviers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.


Judges will consider

  • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region's economic performance)
  • How effectively the association has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets
  • Evidence that the network has consistently provided a top-level standard in network wide audit quality
  • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice
  • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry
  • Evidence of client satisfaction
  • Evidence that the association has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
  • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public

Previous winners:
2013: MSI Global Alliance
2012: Morison International

Rising Star Association
The winner of this award might not be a household name but wil have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of the successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the association's global position and reputation across the world
  • Improved ranking/market position/increased number of members
  • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
  • The use of innovation to greatly enhance the network's delivery of services

Previous winners:
2013: Praxity
2012: Morison International




Categories for global networks/associations and single firms:

Audit Innovation of the Year 
This award will be given to the practice, network or association which has made a major, demonstrable impact on audit quality and client service. Judges will be looking for evidence of improvement in efficiency, accuracy and reliability. This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of improvements in efficiency, accuracy and reliability
  • Client satisfaction
  • Evidence that the innovation is unique to the market it serves
  • Evidence that the innovation has become a model of best practice to the market it serves

Previous winners:
2013: Mazars for its Corporate Culture Audit
2012: Mazars: Human Rights Audit

Advisory Firm of the Year 
This award will be given to a firm or global network/association which has been working on an advisory project or projects of significant importance or scale demonstrating the organisations advisory abilities. The judges will be looking at how a firm or global network/association has developed certain advisory capabilities and successfully helped clients with its expertise. Nominations welcome from different advisory areas from big data, cyber to management consultancy.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence that an organisations advisory service has made an important difference to the success of clients
  • Evidence of outstanding innovation which has benefitted a client/industry
  • Growth across the advisory service
  • Nominations welcome of advisory assignments which have played an important role in wider society

Previous winners:
2013: Crowe Horwath international
2012: Deloitte London 2012

Employer of the Year
In this category IAB will award two Awards: one will be on a global network and association level and the other to a single firm. This firm/network or association will be widely acclaimed for the training and development of its employees. Judges will look for evidence of creative solution to attracting and retaining talent.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of creative solutions for attraction and retaining talent
  • Evidence of innovative and successful schemes to attract and retain talent
  • Evidence of high staff satisfaction and high rentention rates will also be taken into account

Previous winners:
2013: Plante Moran
2012: Plante Moran (United States)


Sustainable Firm of the Year
In this category IAB will award two Awards: one will be on a global network and association level and the other to a single firm. This award will be won by a firm/network or association demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility and environmental initiatives that not only reduce the firm's carbon footprint but make a meaningful difference to the success of the firm.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of how CSR initiatives are improving firm performance
  • Evidence of the implementation of cutting-edge sustainable solutions
  • Evidence for how firms are helping their clients meet CSR objectives as well as operational improvements through innovation and effective execution of CSR services
  • Special consideration will be given to initiatives that have created a market-wide benchmark

Previous winners:
2013: KPMG and SizweNtsalubaGobodo
2012: KPMG

IT Vendor of the Year
Judges encourage nominations for technology suppliers and consultants, as well as accountancy practices for this award. Judges will look for evidence of how effective deployment of technology has reduced costs, improved quality and/or increased opportunities for growth.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of how the effective deployment of technology has reduced costs, improved quality and/or increased opportunities for growth
  • Proven track record of new software/technology developed to assist the accounting profession
  • Software innovation

Previous winners:
2013: IRIS
2012: CaseWare International


Social Networking Champion of the Year 
Judges will be looking at what association/network has made significant progress in building its social media network and has demonstrated most creativity and innovation in their social media strategy. The judges will be looking at platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.


Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of creative strategy used to increase group members and followers
  • Innovative and creative strategies to build brand awareness through social media
  • Use of multiple social media platforms to assist with brand awareness
  • Examples of successful use of social media to assist with the organisations strategy

Previous winners:
2013: KPMG

International Accounting Bulletin Young Accountant of the Year
The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to their employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. Nominations for this award must be under 35 years old.


Previous winners:
2013: Sarah Griffiths & Masuzyo Mulenga
2012: Trond-Morten Lindberg (BDO Norway)

International Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year
The winner of this award will be chosen by the editorial team of International Accounting Bulletin and the judging panel. We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand and who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession.


Previous winners:
2013: Pauline Wallace
2012: Jeremy Newman

International Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award

The winner of this award will be chosen by the editorial team of International Accounting Bulletin and the judging panel. This award recognises consistent levels of achievement within the profession over a number of years.


Previous winners:
2013: Ian Ball 
2012: Sir David Tweedie

Sue Almond, Director of External Affairs, ACCA

Sue AlmondIn her roles director of external affairs Almond is responsible for ACCA's global policy and technical teams to lead the profession in demonstrating to policy makers, employers, and the public, the value that professional accountants bring to society. ACCA’s lead external representative on a range of technical accounting matters, especially financial reporting and auditing and assurance.
Before joining ACCA, Almond was director of quality and professional standards with Kreston International, a global accounting network and member of the Forum of Firms, where she was responsible for global quality monitoring and audit methodology matters. Prior to this, Ms. Almond was national assurance services partner with Grant Thornton UK where she led the development and implementation of the firm’s audit methodology and tools.

Ian Ball, Chairman, CIPFA

Ian BallIan Ball is an IIRC Board member and chairman of its Working Group. He is a Principal Advisor at IFAC and chairman of CIPFA International. Ball was Chief Executive Officer of IFAC between 2002 and 2013. He had previously served as a member of IFAC’s Nominating Committee and as Chairman of its Public Sector Committee.

Prior to assuming the role of CEO at IFAC, he was Principal of Public Sector Performance (NZ) and Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. From 1987 through 1994, he was with the New Zealand Treasury, first as Director of Financial Management Policy and then as Central Financial Controller.

Jane Howard, Partner, Wragge, Lawrence, Graham & Co

Jane HowardJane joined Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP in May 2012 (Wragge & Co. as it was then), having trained at Simmons & Simmons (where she became an equity partner in 2001).
She has over 20 years’ experience advising the accountancy profession on a range of areas including the defence of claims and advising upon risk management and other strategic business issues.
Jane has advised two-thirds of the Top 20 UK accountancy firms (including 3 of the Big 4) and 14 of the Top 25 international networks. Jane has also won work from and represented the interests of professional indemnity insurers and actuarial and pensions professionals. Clients have described Jane as a ‘real industry expert’ and the latest edition of Legal 500 describes her as ‘truly excellent’.

2014 Awards Shortlist

Winners of the 2014 Awards will be announced live at the International Accounting Bulletin Industry Forum & Awards on 16th September 2014.

NETWORK OF THE YEAR
BDO
Grant Thornton International
PwC
RSM International

RISING STAR NETWORK
AUREN
TGS Global

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
BKR International
INPACT
Praxity

RISING STAR ASSOCIATION
ANTEA
Alliot Group
Praxity

AUDIT INOVATION OF THE YEAR
In this category we only felt one nomination was deserving of short listing and will be announced as the winner on the night of the awards.

ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR
In this category we only felt one nomination was deserving of short listing and will be announced as the winner on the night of the awards.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Grant Thornton International
Plante Moran           
WithumSmith+Brown

SUSTAINABLE FIRM OF THE YEAR
KPMG
Moss Adams
Moores Rowland Indonesia
PwC UK

SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING CHAMPION OF THE YEAR:
Single firm award:
Baker Tilly Malaysia
Ebner Stolz (Nexia International member firm)

Global firm award:

KPMG
Mazars

IT VENDOR
Energy Consulting (HLB Russian Group)
Receipt Bank
Xero

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International Accounting Bulletin – Industry Forum and Awards 2014

The International Accounting Bulletin Industry Forum and Awards 2014 brings together international accounting networks and associations, professional body experts, regulators and legal experts for a discussion of the key issues facing the industry. Leading sector thinkers and doers will meet to debate the strategies and share their business practices aimed at meeting the challenges of the recent M&A trend, cyber security threats and retaining resilience on an international basis. The informative and inspiring panel discussions and roundtable provide the setting for you to join other high-profile event guests in engaging conversations.


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Presentations

  • Anders Heede, CEO EMEA, BDO
  • Dan Lichtenstein, General Counsel, Grant Thornton International
  • Jane Howard, Partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.
  • Orla MacRae, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, UK Government
  • Jonathan Burdett, Security Director, PwC
  • Nick Williams, Director, Intuit QuickBooks UK  
  • Nigel Stanley,  Practice Director: Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance, OpenSky

If you did not attend the International Accounting Bulletin Industry Forum and Awards 2014 you can still access and download the presentations for £300. For more information please email polly.bosher@timetric.com 

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