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Nominations are now open for the Young Accountant of the Year 2017 awards. Financial recruitment specialists Sharp Consultancy established the annual competition, which is ran in conjunction with West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants, in 2000, to recognise and celebrate the wealth of accountancy talent in the Yorkshire region.

The competition is open to those who are either training to be qualified or have been qualified for up to two years, and potential winners can be nominated by their colleagues, peers or senior managers. Those looking to claim the prestigious title will have to satisfy a number of criteria including exam record, leadership and initiative and work and technical competence as well as demonstrating to the judges that they bring an extra element of star quality to their role.

In recent years, the title has been held by Lucy Mason and Claire Mulholland, both of PwC, Charlotte Johnson of Deloitte and in 2016, Georgina Taylor of RSM triumphed over stiff competition to be named as the winner.

Lee Sweeney said: “This competition is now entering its seventeenth year and the judges continue to be impressed by the high standards of entries. There is real talent in our region and each year the competition demonstrates that West Yorkshire is continuing to attract and develop high calibre individuals.”

He continued: “Every year we go into the competition thinking that it will be difficult to surpass the exceptional standards set by the previous year’s entrants, yet when it comes to the final judging, we find ourselves faced with an incredibly tough decision as we see the bar being raised once again. Expectations are high for this year’s competition and we are looking forward to seeing the talent that comes through.”

The winner of the Young Accountant of the Year 2017 competition will receive a luxury weekend for two to Barcelona and the runners up will also receive a prize when the winner is announced at the LCASS Annual Dinner in February 2017, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. All entries will be reviewed and those shortlisted will be interviewed by a specially selected judging panel.

Entries must be received by 31st December 2016 and nominations forms can be downloaded here.

Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of temporary, interim and permanent finance professionals and the full spectrum of HR roles.  With offices in Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester, our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for positions throughout Yorkshire and beyond.



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