IRIS reveals shortlist for Customer Awards

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Posted: 20th January 2020
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IRIS is today revealing all the finalists for the IRIS Customer Awards 2020. Focused on celebrating and showcasing excellence amongst the group’s tens of thousands of customers, there are 17 awards in total, covering organisations and individuals, and split across four sectors – Accountancy, HR, Payroll and Education. There is also a Corporate Social Responsibility award, which is open to all customers.

A large number of entries were received and reviewed by a panel of expert judges before deciding on shortlists for each category.

The full list of customers who have been shortlisted are as follows:


Small Practice of the Year:

Avonmead Ltd
Kemps Accounting Solutions Limited

Mid-Sized Practice of the Year

Howards Chartered Certified Accountants
Seymour Taylor

Large Practice of the Year

Bailey Group Chartered Accountants
Duncan & Toplis
MHA Monahans

Accountancy Professional of the Year

Simon Cowie, Infinity Partnership
Greg Houston, Infinity Partnership
Kayleigh Williams, Duncan & Toplis

Most Innovative Firm of the Year

Prime Entry
Bailey Group Chartered Accountants

Client Excellence Firm of the Year

Makesworth Accountants
Infinity Partnership


HR Manager of the Year

Julie Blackburn, Northgate Lighting Ltd
Nicole Heath, SRP Hire Solutions Ltd

HR Team of the Year

Road Haulage Association
Hemingways Marketing Services

Employee Engagement of the Year

Alltruck Plc
Lewis Silkin LLP

Transformation Project of the Year

Citizen Housing Group


Payroll Manager of the Year

Tracy Jerram, Cox & Co Payroll Solutions Ltd
Jen Bate, GG Glass & Glazing Ltd
Rachel Smith, C.I.T Academies

In-House Payroll Team of the Year – To be revealed on the night

Payroll Bureau of the Year
Leeds Centre for Integrated Living
PM+M Solutions for Business LLP
Pierce CA Ltd

Best Payroll Initiative of the Year
Cox & Co Payroll Solutions Ltd
Baldwins Group
MHA Moore and Smalley


School Business Manager of the Year
Carmen Roberts, Heron Hill Primary School
Julie Hockley, Upshire Primary Foundation School
Katie Hoskins, C.I.T Academies

Best Parent Engaged School of the Year
Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF)
Langstone Junior Academy
Springfield Primary School

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Achievement of the Year
Indigo Tax & Accountancy Limited – Accountancy
Seymour Taylor – Accountancy
Birtley House Group – Payroll

Elona Mortimer-Zhika, IRIS CEO, says: “We’re delighted to announce today all of our finalists for the IRIS Customer Awards 2020.

“We’ve seen an exceptionally high standard of entries again this year, demonstrating once more the achievements of our customers in their respective specialist sectors and the contribution they make to communities. It’s very pleasing to see their individual success stories and how IRIS has helped play its part.”

She says: “We wanted to recognise the leading individuals, managers, businesses, schools and organisations across our sectors who deliver outstanding service and results for their customers, whatever their business area. That’s exactly what we are doing with the awards. Our judges have certainly got plenty of great candidates to pick a winner from.”

The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony, which takes place on the night of 11th February at the ICC Birmingham, following IRIS World 2020. All shortlisted firms and individuals will be invited to attend the black-tie gala dinner.