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Haines Watt North Devon Ltd wins Accountancy Firm of the Year award

PUBLISHED: 14:33 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:33 18 June 2014

Haines Watts Partners: John Edwards, North Devon; and Ben de Cruz, Exeter. Photo: Glen King PR & Marketing

Haines Watts Partners: John Edwards, North Devon; and Ben de Cruz, Exeter. Photo: Glen King PR & Marketing

MATT AUSTIN

A North Devon accountancy firm is celebrating national success after being awarded the title of Accountancy Firm of the Year - Small, Medium Size Entities.

The partners of Haines Watts North Devon Ltd, based in Bideford, were presented with the accolade at the glittering Financial Directors’ Excellence Awards. It follows on from the Haines Watts group winning Auditor of the Year in the SME category for two consecutive years.

Says John Edwards, managing partner for HWND: “It is great to see Haines Watts win such a prestigious award, particularly as it is voted for by business people and not by an academic panel of experts.

“It is also fantastic that Haines Watts is the first firm ever to have won an award in three consecutive years and I am delighted that it has been crowned Accountancy Firm of the Year for SMEs. On a local level it recognises that we are able to offer our clients award-winning accountancy services as part of this well-respected brand.”

The Awards recognise the UK’s top finance directors and their service providers that support Britain’s finance community, using the results of an annual survey in which financial directors and financial decision-makers record their opinions.

The awards ceremony, held in Grosvenor Square, London, was hosted by Real Business, in association with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and supported by the Confederation of British Industry, with Haines Watts beating off stiff competition locally, regionally and across the UK as a whole.

Mr Edwards adds: “Our core client base is owner-managed businesses, so to get this endorsement from SME businesses means a great deal to us. We are proud of all our staff at the Bideford office who do an outstanding job for our clients on a daily basis. Their continued contribution and commitment to giving outstanding service has helped us to win a national award for the third year running which is an amazing achievement.”

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