Three rising stars in accountancy from Sheffield firms scooped top prizes in awards that recognise and celebrate the next generation of financial professionals.
The Yorkshire Rising Stars Awards are aimed at young accountants who have made a difference to their company.
Now in its fifth year, the event is sponsored by Sharp Consultancy, Grant Thornton, Gordons LLP and RBS, whose representatives are on the judging panel.
Simon Wareham, financial controller at high-tech engineering firm Firth Rixson, was named Rising Star at companies in South/East Yorkshire in the over £50m turnover category.
The judges were impressed by Simon’s “remarkable” product and market knowledge and his general commercial awareness which has made a “massive” impact on profit and cash improvement initiatives.
Jenny Gayle, financial controller of international lingerie and swimwear company Panache Lingerie, won the category for firms in South/East Yorkshire with under £50m turnover.
The judges attributed her success to the way in which she refinanced the company in the long term absence of a finance director.
Jenny said: “It is a real shock to have won. It is great to have been nominated and recognised in this way, and a lovely surprise to actually be chosen for the award.”
The PLC award was picked up by another Sheffield finance professional, Dan Scott of building products distributor SIG.
Dan was described by his finance director as ‘pragmatic, self-sufficient and always striving for improvement’. He scored highly for his outstanding technical accounting skills and undoubted potential for the future.
Dan said: “It is a great achievement and I am very proud to have won, especially given the calibre of candidates.”
Organised by financial recruiter Sharp Consultancy with support from Grant Thornton, Gordons LLP and RBS, the awards boast an impressive pedigree of former winners from some of the region’s most prestigious companies.
Chris Sharp, director of Sharp Consultancy, said: “Looking back at the roll call of former winners is like a who’s who of Yorkshire’s most dynamic businesses.
“The awards have really gained traction over the last four years and it’s great to see previous winners who have risen through the ranks recognising the benefits of the awards and going on to nominate young finance professionals within their own teams.”
The judging procedure for the awards included an interview with a panel of judges who then met to discuss the nominees.
Firth Rixson was snapped up by metals and mining giant Alcoa earlier this year.
Panache Lingerie had £25m sales in 2013, six per cent up on the year previous.
SIG is Sheffield’s biggest company by turnover.