Fingers Crossed for the BIBA Final Awards…

It was 2014 when Jones Harris last won a big award, scooping the Accountancy Firm of the Year with up to Five Partners at the North West Finance Awards. Three years on we’re keeping our fingers crossed for good news when we go to the BIBA final awards night in September.

The BIBAs are Lancashire’s largest, longest running and most rigorous business awards programme. It’s run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, and the best known of the regional business awards.

First Stage Selection

We’ve kept you up to date through news articles about our progress. After applications closed at the end of March we were pleased to make it through to the first stage of the selection process which was the interviews held back in May.

As it says on the BIBAs website “By entering you’ll be testing your business against the best, being shortlisted will be an achievement in itself”. You can imagine that we were pleased to discover that we’d gone through the interview stage in BOTH categories for which we were originally shortlisted. The judges would now be coming to our Fleetwood offices for the final stage business visit.

Visit Stage Selection

Jones Harris made it through to the visit stage in the two categories which we’d entered. They are ‘Excellence in the Use of IT’ and ‘Professional Services Business of the Year’. For that reason, we were visited on two separate occasions by the teams who were judging each category.

The judges saw our completely bespoke, paperless computerised system which we’ve developed over 20 years. Along with our in-house IT capability we can process the accounts of companies of all shapes and sizes with astonishing efficiency and speed, putting excellent customer service at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that IT will play an increasing role in the reporting of records to HMRC. That’s being borne out by the advent of their Making Tax Digital initiative.

Staff explained how we strive for excellence in the level of knowledge and skills which are available to clients. We can do that because of continuing professional development for all staff. We strive for excellence in how we run our business to provide the best service that we can. Hopefully, this will be recognised in the BIBA final awards.

Technically classed as an SME we’re a business of a reasonable size, employing just short of 30 staff on the premises and acting for well over 1000 local clients. The judges also spent a considerable amount of time talking with many of the staff and getting a feel for what really does go on under the bonnet of our business.

A Glittering BIBA Final Awards Ceremony

Everyone is looking forward to the awards ceremony on 15 September at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve achieved as a team within our business. The spaces on our table have gone to staff on nothing more complicated than a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a brilliant opportunity to meet and chat with other local businesses so if you’re there on the night please say hello.

It would be wonderful to win, but it’s good to know that our business stands up well against the best of the rest. Irrespective of the outcome we know now that what we do at Jones Harris is good enough to see us shortlisted for these two highly relevant awards.

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