IRIS Awards 2018

Leading figures from the accountancy industry toasted the success of the IRIS Customer Awards at our glittering ceremony in London on 9 October 2018.

Launched as we enter our 40th year, the awards celebrated best practice across a wide range of areas as accountancy firms evolve beyond compliance services to capitalise on new service opportunities in the digital economy.

The quality of the entries demonstrated the pioneering approaches practices are taking to improve client excellence, add depth and volume to practice advisory and create innovative marketing campaigns. Technology is underpinning much of the outstanding service provision, evidenced by their effectiveness and productivity.

All our winners have shown that they are among the best in the accountancy industry.

Congratulations to you all!



IRIS Awards 2018 - Winners


Client Excellence Firm of the Year – Your Tax Shop Ltd

This category showcased many great firms and it was a close call for the judges. This award went to Your Tax Shop Ltd, a forward-thinking practice that provides a strong portfolio of client services. The judges were impressed by not only how they offer services that ensure the customer needs are covered for compliance, but how they have expanded their offerings to ensure they are the practice that their customer wants.

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Advisory Firm of the Year – Wilson Partners Limited

This category showcased some amazing growth in client volume and revenue. The judges deemed Wilson Partners Limited to be doing something different, yet had well-established advisory services. With their revenue split equally between compliance and advisory thanks to a strong strategy, they were on track to win the award.

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Fastest Growing Firm of the Year – Bailey Group Chartered Accountants

The judges noted that the growth displayed by Bailey Group Chartered Accountants was nothing short of first-class. Not only did they display impressive growth in client numbers and fee income, they have continued to retain customers at an impressive rate and expand the business significantly.

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Best Use of Technology Firm of the Year – flinder

All the shortlisted firms in this category displayed a clear strategy to go digital with their technology. flinder not only want be digital, they want to be a path-finder and innovator and they are clearly doing something unique with the technologies they use.

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Marketing Innovation Firm of the Year – Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants

All the shortlisted firms in this category displayed some exemplary social media skills and innovative entries. Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants showcased not only a clear marketing skillset, but some fantastic examples of successful marketing to increase client growth.

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Bureau/Outsource Firm of the Year – Infinity Partnership

Infinity Partnership have seen their profits go up year-on-year plus they have supported 100 new start-ups in the last 18 months alone. All whilst receiving award successes both locally and nationally. They are a real forward-thinking company.

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Accountant of the Year – Greg Houston, Infinity Partnership

The shortlisted individuals in this category really did stand out with some amazing client testimonials. The winner, Greg Houston from Infinity Partnership, not only has excellent client focus, but is really championing the next generation of accountants.

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Partner of the Year – Ian Phillips, Duncan & Toplis

It isn’t easy to drive a practice beyond its compliance roots, and not only deliver a vision for the future, but execute on it. Ian Phillips from Duncan & Toplis, is not only driving their clients and practice forwards, but also the industry.

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Graduate/Trainee of the Year – Gail McShane, Infinity Partnership

We all had to start somewhere and trying to get a foot on the professional ladder whilst training is always difficult. Yet the shortlisted individuals for this category are hard work personified. Gail McShane from Infinity Partnership, not only managed to achieve excellent exam results, but also adopted outstanding practice initiatives and provided client work that exceeds what would normally be expected of this role.

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Practice Manager of the Year – Sue Jackson, Harrison Beale & Owen

Being in a position of management whilst still delivering client services can take its toll on most, but not for our shortlisted individuals. Sue Jackson from Harrison Beale & Owen not only demonstrated great work with her entire team but has also identified and executed critical and strategic processes across her practice.

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IRIS Small Firm of the Year – Your Tax Shop Ltd

Your Tax Shop Ltd demonstrated what it takes to be a small yet growing firm in our industry. With impressive staff engagement and a genuine desire for charity work, they have gone from strength to strength.


IRIS Medium Firm of the Year – Infinity Partnership

Infinity Partnership could be described as a phoenix from the flames. Despite the economic downturn in their region, not only did they have to make 50% of their billings from new services, they built out multiple new services and are going from strength to strength.


IRIS Large Firm of the Year – MHA Monahans

MHA Monahans displayed a real focus on staff with 33 trainees who are working towards professional qualification. Growth has been strong for this firm, supported by bringing in a specialist partner to drive growth from existing clients.


IRIS CEO Special Recognition Award – M J Kane & Co Accountants

M J Kane & Co Accountants carved out a niche and spearheaded the change for customers moving from umbrella to limited companies following job losses at Bombardier. They have also demonstrated impressive growth, built a graduate programme that goes out on site and do a huge amount of work to give back to the community.


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