Chartered accountancy and business advisory firm, Hentons, has scooped two top awards at this year’s prestigious Yorkshire Accountancy Awards.
The firm’s digital team was named ‘Team of the Year’ and Moosa Sacha (pictured), Hentons’ IT manager, was presented with the ‘Support Staff of the Year’ award at a glittering ceremony held at New Dock Hall in Leeds.
Hentons shift towards digital accounting means it was recently recognised as one of the top three large firms in the UK by leading cloud-based software firm, Xero. The firm has also introduced an innovative video messaging service to deliver accounts to clients, so they can access them anywhere and at any time.
The judging panel praised these innovations and how Hentons had responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. It said: “The Hentons digital team utilised a fantastic approach in response to the pandemic and lockdowns, utilising technology and people power to not only specialise, but excel in a rapidly growing area of the profession.
“Moosa Sacha was a standout performer for Hentons at the outbreak of Covid-19, working long hours to complete IT projects that were necessary to support the shift to home working. The judges were delighted to recognise Moosa’s achievements with this award.”
Managing director Peter Watson, said: “Early in the pandemic we were providing free advice and support to thousands of businesses, and several million pounds of funding was obtained for clients ranging from SMEs through to large organisations across all industries.
“Our digital offering, and the fact that we are an Xero Platinum Partner, was integral to this. The way we’ve embraced technology, including the work to upskill our teams using the Henton’s AppStack, along with the digital tools that are available to us, gives us a very compelling offering that keeps us ahead of the ever-changing digital marketplace. Winning an award for our digital capabilities speaks volumes about our position at the forefront of the accountancy industry and our ambitions to continue innovating.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have also bolstered both our digital offering and IT system further, making both a priority in order to provide a standout level of service to our clients, at a time that has been difficult for many businesses and when our services have been more important than ever.
“Moosa’s hard work and dedication facilitated a smooth transition to home working while maintaining a continuity of service across all our offices by introducing numerous changes including VoIP calling and new Cloud systems. Both these awards are a major achievement for everyone involved.”
Moosa, who has worked for Hentons for three years, said: “I was genuinely shocked to win the award and feel exceptionally grateful for such an accolade.”
This year Hentons equaled the record number of shortlistings ever achieved at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards. The firm was also shortlisted in the ‘Mid-Tier Firm of the Year’ category, its payroll team was in the running for the ‘Team of the Year’ award and Hentons’ Tim Baum-Dixon was shortlisted for 'Partner of the Year’. The London office of Hentons, has also been shortlisted in Music Week’s ‘Accountancy Firm of the Year’ Awards.