The Chief Executive of Cumbrian accountancy firm Lamont Pridmore, Graham Lamont, has once again taken part in the British Accountancy Awards.
Graham has just returned to the region having attended a glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London with nearly 1,000 chartered accountants from all over the UK.
Graham judged Independent Firm of the year for all regions of the UK with fees up to £3m and mid-tier Firm of the year with fees up to £10m.
This is the fifth year that Graham has taken part in the judging process. He used his considerable experience to select the finalist and eventual winners on the night, which were picked from some of the country’s top practices.
Graham said: “The entire process was very enlightening this year, with the independent firms focusing more on technological developments, whilst the mid-tier firms concentrating on developing a wider range of added value services to provide to their clients.
“This included helping clients to improve their profitability, tax planning before significant transactions and before their financial year-end together with a holistic financial planning service to protect the business and the family together with developing their personal wealth tax-efficiently outside the business.”
Graham said that many of these developments were already in practice within Lamont Pridmore and it was interesting to see how other firms were making use of similar services.
Lamont Pridmore is a recipient of several British Accountancy Awards, including Independent Firm of the year for the whole of the UK and Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm, but the firm gave up its chances of entering again after Graham was invited to become a judge.
“To be included in the judging process is a real privilege, particularly as the President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) was in my group this year,” added Graham.
“This ensures that we are a cutting edge of developments in the profession so that our clients get the best possible service.”
Chris Lamont, a Partner at Lamont Pridmore and Managing Director of the firm’s office in Carlisle, added: “We are honoured that the organisers of the British Accountancy Awards continue to hold Graham and our firm in such high regard. We are delighted that we can play a role in these important awards and promote our profession.”
Karl Burrell, Managing Director at Lamont Pridmore’s Kendal Office, added: “These awards play an important role in highlighting the excellence and expertise in the UK accounting profession. It is fantastic that Graham has been able to judge these awards once again.”
Stuart Edger, Managing Director at Lamont Pridmore’s West Cumbria Offices, added: “Being asked to judge the British Accountancy Awards is a real honour and I know Graham had a hard task helping to select the winners in these two categories. As previous recipients of these awards, we appreciate the difference that winning can have on a practice.”