The IRIS Customer Awards celebrate excellence amongst you, our customers. Launched in 2018 to tremendous acclaim from the accountancy sector, we are delighted to be expanding the awards to include our customers who operate within HR, payroll and education too.
|Entries deadline||31st December 2019|
|Shortlist announcement||20th January 2020|
|Awards ceremony||11th February 2020|
We’re delighted to be able to reveal all of the shortlisted businesses and individuals for the IRIS Customer Awards 2020.
Small Practice of the Year
Avonmead Ltd, Kemps Accounting Solutions Limited, JMSolutions
Mid-Sized Practice of the Year
flinder, 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
flinder, Prime Entry, Bailey Group Chartered Accountants
Client Excellence Firm of the Year
Makesworth Accountants, flinder, 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
Breezemount, 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)
There are 19 awards covering organisations and individuals, split across our four sectors Accountancy, HR, Payroll and Education to showcase the talent of our customers. There is also a Corporate Social Responsibility award which is open to ALL, regardless of your sector.
What an amazing night! Leading figures from the accountancy industry toasted the success of our winners at our first ever IRIS Customer Awards Ceremony in London.
Find out what some of our winners had to say.
Winner: Best Use of Technology Firm of the Year
Winner: Client Excellence Firm of the Year
Winner: Accountant of the Year
Winner: IRIS Large Firm of the Year
Over £15m payment
transactions a month using
IRIS payroll solutions
21,000+ UK accountancy firms
use IRIS applications
4m parents & guardians use
IRIS apps to connect with schools
620k UK employees managed
by IRIS HR solutions
Founder of the Upward Spiral Partnership
Martin Bissett is the founder of the Upward Spiral Partnership (USP for short), The Upward Spiral Foundation, the co-founder of Addviserplus (Add+) and The Accounting Influencer Roundtable (AIR).
A 12-time author, mentor and global keynoter, in 2018 International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) designated Martin as its official ‘Knowledge Partner’ in recognition of his work over the last 22 years advising accounting firms on profession-wide issues from fee growth to ethical marketing and from talent retention to tech stack
Marie is an experienced employment lawyer who has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients from SMEs to multi-national organisations throughout her 18 years of practice. Marie has exclusively practised in the field for over a decade and now acts predominantly on behalf of businesses and senior executives in all areas of employment law.
Marie is also a visiting lecturer on a number of post graduate courses delivered by at least two major national educational institutions and continues to lecture alongside practice, which keeps her up to date with all areas of her specialism.
Leadership and Development Partner
Natasha McCreesh is a coach and mentor for organisational leaders and their teams; designing and implementing personal development programmes for scale-ups, mentoring strategic business planning for start-ups and leading personal development workshops for SMEs.
She collaborates with organisations that are mindful of the link between investment in learning and growth, partnering with business owners and their teams to lead positive engagement with growth goals. Following 20 years of leading teams, her passion is to raise awareness of (and educate on) practical ways to employ behaviours that support strong growth in business and life.
CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Leora Cruddas is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. She has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education Advisory Bodies. She is the vice chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Group.
Leora has six years of experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities. She has extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools and trusts to improve the effectiveness and quality of education.
Parenting expert and broadcaster
Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author of the Amazon best-selling books “Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children” & “Raising Happy Children for Dummies" one in the famous black and yellow series as well as author of the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs, Apps and resources.
She regularly appears on the award-winning flagship ITV show “This Morning,” Sky News, Good Morning Britain and has a weekly ‘Parenting Round Up’ on Eamonn Holmes Drive Time Show on talkRADIO every Tuesday.
MSc ChFCIPP FHEA, Board director, CIPP
Dianne joined the CIPP board of directors in 2018. Dianne has worked in the payroll profession for over 30 years, so has seen many changes from green screen mainframe to Cloud Based solutions. Payroll became Dianne's passion in 2003 and she decided to study the IPPM Diploma in Payroll Management and once she had completed this, she took on the role as a CIPP tutor.
In 2017, Dianne joined Hyperion Service Limited as the EMEA Payroll Manager. Hyperion is one of the world's leading insurance intermediary groups, employing around 3,600 employees worldwide.
MCIPP, MIoD, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CIPP
Jason is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the CIPP. He has been a non-executive director with the CIPP for a number of years. He is also founder of the payroll consultancy firm, Calendar Consulting Ltd which he established in 2017.
Jason has spent the majority of his career in the BPO industry. In the last 25 years he has worked for LogicaCMG (now CGI) in UK and Europe, NGA Human Resources both in the UK and globally, providing payroll, pensions and HR outsourced services and was Chief Operating Officer for Capita HRS Division in the UK delivering to a variety of both Public and Private sector organisations.
MSc FCIPP FHEA ACIPD, Board director CIPP
Liz has been a member of the CIPP board of directors since 2017. She led the design development and project management of the CIPP Payroll Quality Partnership scheme successfully engaging over 80 organisations within a two-year period.
Prior to the CIPP, using strategic decision making she set up from nothing, built and successfully ran her own business for five years in an extremely competitive environment. Liz is passionate about payroll, payroll education and promoting the profession.
|Entries deadline||31st December 2019
|Shortlist announcement||20th January 2020
|Awards ceremony||11th February 2020
Please choose the award or awards you wish to enter.
Click on the link within each award category.
Submissions should be no more than 1000 words plus supporting evidence, e.g. case studies, testimonials, supporting statements.
Upload your entry to the online platform link within each award category.