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, Oxfordshire and Essex.

As well as celebrating the achievements of the region’s top finance professionals, the awards recognise the outstanding local businesses that contribute to the economy and employment across various award categories.

The Awards are now open for applications & nominations, please apply here.

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Rising Star of the Year (Qualified)
  • Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part-Qualified)
  • Business Resilience & Change
  • Financial Manager of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Financial Manager of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Financial Manager of the Year (Over £350m turnover)
  • ESG Excellence Award
  • Tax Leader of the Year
  • Transactional Finance Team of the Year
  • Finance Team of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (Over £350m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Over £350m turnover)

 

AWARD CRITERIA

Rising Star of the Year - Qualified

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of the qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 5 years of post-qualified experience. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

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Rising Star of the Year – Non/Part-Qualified

Presented to the most passionate, driven and delivery focused person in the market. The winner of the non/part-qualified award will be a finance professional with less than 8 years of experience. They will have provided examples of high achievement and outperforming their peer group.

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Business Resilience & Change

The winner of this award will be a business that has demonstrated great resilience to external challenges over the last 24 months. This will be evidenced by the successful implementation of activities, tech solutions and/or processes that has enabled the business to successfully navigate these challenges and adapt to a changing business landscape.

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Financial Manager of the Year

This award is split into three categories based on company turnover:

  • Financial Manager of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Financial Manager of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Financial Manager of the Year (Over £350m turnover)

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. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Finance Manager, Financial Controller. 

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ESG Excellence Award

The ESG Excellence Award will be awarded to a Finance Team that champions and actively drives their organisation's ESG objectives. This will be evidenced by actions that demonstrate a dedication to strengthening and promoting a diverse workforce, embedding equality and inclusion within their value system, a commitment to sustainability, community welfare and minimising the impact of activities on the environment. They will be able to provide examples of their dedication and proactive attitude to improving the businesses social accountability.

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Tax Leader of the Year

This Award will be presented to a tax leader with a demonstrable legacy of delivery within Tax. The individual will be rapidly making a name for himself or herself in the tax world. They will be able to share examples of providing strategic direction to their business and developing the team.

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Transactional Finance Team of the Year

This award will go to a Transactional Finance Team that has demonstrated excellence in its field. They will need to have demonstrated collective successes within the last 12 months. The winning team will have positively impacted the wider business through outstanding achievements in the delivery of projects. The team should also embody a positive team spirit.

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Finance Team of the Year

This award is split into three categories based on company turnover:

  • Finance Team of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Finance Team of the Year (Over £350m 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.

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Senior Finance Leader of the Year

This award is split into three categories based on company turnover:

  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Less than £100m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (£100m - £350m turnover)
  • Senior Finance Leader of the Year (Over £350m turnover)

This Award will be presented to a senior finance leader 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 the business. Examples of job titles which might sit within this category include but are not limited to: Finance Director, Heads of, Chief Financial Officer.

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