About the Awards

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The annual Finance Awards promotes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals within Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

The 2019 event will be held on Thursday 7th November in Milton Keynes, where we will celebrate the achievements of the region’s top finance professionals. The Awards also recognise the outstanding local businesses that contribute to the economy and employment across various award categories.

2019 award categories are:

  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • International Trade & Tax Leader of the Year
  • Finance Transaction of the Year
  • Driving Excellence in the Workforce
  • Business Innovation
  • Finance Team of the Year (less than £100m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (£100 - £500m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (Over £500m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (£100m - £500m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Over £500m turnover)
  • Chief Financial Officer of the Year

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Find out more about how to apply here and the judging process here.

Learn more about the evening and how to get tickets here.

2019 AWARD CRITERIA

Rising Star of the Year 

This award will be presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused individual in the market. The winner will be a finance professional with less than 5 years’ experience. The award is open to those already qualified, or those part-qualified/non-qualified. They will be able to provide examples of high achievement and out-performing their peer group.

Apply/nominate here.

Manager of the Year 

This Award will be presented to a manager of a finance team with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The winning individual will have given examples of providing strategic direction to their team to improve performance and drive team spirit.

Apply/nominate here.

International Trade & Tax Leader of the Year 

This Award will be presented to a leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery within International Trade or Tax. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their business.

Apply/nominate here.

Finance Transaction of the Year 

This Award will be presented to a team or organisation who have delivered a significant Finance Transaction that is notable in one or more areas across; Deal size, Complexity, Pace of Execution, Merger, Acquisition, Significant Re-Finance or where a transaction is remarkable by virtue of its sector, geographic location or similarly challenging circumstances. 

Apply/nominate here.

Driving Excellence in the Workforce

This Award will be presented to a business with the strongest track record of investing in the development of their workforce. Your business may offer a graduate scheme, apprenticeship, mentoring programme or alternative development scheme for employees. The winning business will have provided evidence of how the strategies they have in place have improved the development of their employees.

Apply/nominate here.

Business Innovation 

The winner of this award will demonstrate the successful delivery and or implementation of activities that have led to the betterment of the Business.  This can be anything from a Transformation Project or ERP upgrade through to the enhancement of people and their careers or something that improves the overall customer experience.

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Finance Team of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)

The Finance Team of the year will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team may have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award will be presented to a finance team within a business turning over less than £100m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Finance Team of the Year (£100 - £500m turnover)

The Finance Team of the year will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team may have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award will be presented to a finance team within a business turning over between £100m - £500m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Finance Team of the Year (Over £500m turnover)

The Finance Team of the year will demonstrate excellence in their field, with proven examples of collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team may have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects and encompass an infectious team spirit. This award will be presented to a finance team within a business turning over over £500m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award will be presented to an individual within a business turning over less than £100m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Senior Finance Leader of the Year (£100 - £500m turnover)

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award will be presented to an individual within a business turning over between £100m - £500m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Over £500m turnover)

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery in financial performance, leadership and management. The individual must be able to provide examples of providing strategic direction to their company. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Financial Controller, Head of Finance & Finance Director. This award will be presented to an individual within a business turning over, over £500m annually.

Apply/nominate here.

Chief Financial Officer of the Year

This will be awarded to a Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrable legacy of delivering transformation, leadership and an outstanding performance. The winner of this award may have been a pioneer of significant change, made a vital contribution to the leadership of the business and/or led a local finance function that is seen as adding significant value to business.

Apply/nominate here.