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The Oscars of the bookkeeping world, the annual LUCA Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the profession.

Apprentice of the Year
Rebecca Coward; training with Riverside Training (Spalding), employed by Bowman Stores Ltd
(picked up by Victor Gidney, Apprenticeship Tutor)
 
Apprentice
 
Shortlisted:
Michael Wright; training with Riverside Training (Spalding), employed by Accumulus Accounting
 
Student of the Year
Nicole Atkinson MICB; trained with Ideal Schools
 
Student
 
Shortlisted:
Edyta Czapla MICB PM.Dip; trained with Training Link
Zillah Simpson MICB PM.Dip
 
Tutor of the Year
Scot Vanden Akker; Ideal Schools 
 
Tutor
 
Shortlisted:
Michelle Baker; Training Link
Steven Beavis; Open Study College
 
Large Training Provider of the Year
Training Link

Large ATP
 
Shortlisted:
Ideal Schools
Open Study College
 
Small Training Provider of the Year
Oxbridge Home Learning
 
Shortlisted:
E-Careers
Kaplan Financial

Employee of the Year
Gemma Griffiths MICB CB.Dip; Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd
 
Employee 

Shortlisted:
Alisa Schroeder MICB PM.Dip; Another Answer Ltd
Csilla Fekete MICB; IM Bookkeeping LTD 
 
Employer of the Year
Value Add Business Solutions Ltd; Michelle Smith MICB
 
Employer
 
Shortlisted:
Adder Bookkeeping Ltd; Helen Bower MICB PM.Dip 
Safe Hands Bookkeeping Ltd; Jason Dalton MICB PM.Dip
 
Small Practice of the Year
CEM Bookkeeping & Consultancy; Clare Mannall FICB
 
 Small Practice

Shortlisted:
Busby's Bookkeeping Services; Stephanie Busby MICB PM.Dip
But the Books; Zoe Whitman MICB
Exe Bookkeeping and Payroll Services; Jaye Snell MICB PM.Dip
Starbooks; Victoria Longmore MICB 
The Bookkeeping Hub; Nicola Payne MICB PM.Dip
 Beck Cottage Bookkeeping; Deborah Roe FICB PM.Dip
 
Large Practice of the Year
Another Answer; Sylvia Bourhill C.FICB
 
Large Practice
 
Shortlisted:
Safe Hands Bookkeeping; Jason Dalton MICB PM.Dip
NS24; Joanne Turner FICB PM.Dip
The Accounts Dept NE; Susan Lang MICB PM.Dip
Adder Bookkeeping; Helen Bower MICB PM.Dip
IM Bookkeeping; Ildiko Mokran FICB PM.Dip
Bookkeepers in Buckingham; Julie Austen FICB PM.Dip
 
New Practice of the Year
Open Counting House; Susan Bruland MICB
 
New Practice

Shortlisted:
PDQ Bookkeepers; Kimberley Piombini MICB, Joanne Downs MICB
RGR Bookkeeping & Admin Services; Rachel Robinson MICB PM.Dip


 

Branch Chair of the Year
Caryl Gibson FICB; Devon (Exeter)
 
Branch Chair

Shortlisted:
Claire Allen C.FICB; East Sussex
Lucy Brown FICB PM.Dip; Lincolnshire
 
Branch of the Year
Devon (Exeter); Caryl Gibson FICB
 
Branch

Shortlisted:
East Sussex; Claire Allen C.FICB
North Yorkshire; Catherine Pyman MICB
 
Social Media Influencer of the Year
Zoe Whitman MICB, @but_the_books

Influencer
 
Shortlisted:
Joanne Turner FICB PM.Dip, @NS24Ltd
Nicola Payne MICB PM.Dip, @bookkeeping_hub
 

Luca Awards for Bookkeeping Products and Providers 

As voted for by ICB students and members in an online ballot
 
Bookkeeping Software of the Year
Xero
 
 Xero
 
Shortlisted:
FreeAgent
Quickbooks Online
Quickbooks Desktop
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
 
Payroll Software of the Year
BrightPay
 
BrightPay
 
Shortlisted:
Moneysoft
Sage Payroll
Xero Payroll
 
Expense and Document Management Software of the Year
AutoEntry
 
AutoEntry

Shortlisted:
HubDoc
Receipt Bank
SmartVault
Xero Expenses
 
Tax and Accounts Production Software
Taxfiler
 
Taxfiler
 
Shortlisted:
BTCSoftware
GoSimpleTax
TaxCalc
 
Practice Management Software
AccountancyManager

AccountancyManager
 
Shortlisted:
Practice Ignition
Senta
TaxCalc
Xero Practice Manager
 
Cashflow Forecasting Software
Fluidly

Fluidly
 
Shortlisted:
Float 
Futrli
Spotlight Reporting
 
Add-on App/Service of the Year
SmartVault
 
Add on App Luca 2019
 
Shortlisted:
Bright HR
Chaser
GoCardless
iZettle
 
Personality of the Year
Gary Turner, Xero
 
Gary Turner
 
Shortlisted:
Caroline Plumb, Fluidly
Della Hudson FCA, author of The Numbers Business
Julia Wedgwood, Sage
Kevin Lord, FreeAgent
 
Friendliest Software of the Year
FreeAgent
 
FreeAgent
 
Shortlisted:
AutoEntry
BrightPay
SmartVault
Xero
 
ICB Membership Benefit of the Year
ICBenefits; powered by Reward Gateway
 
Shortlisted:
ICB Utilities; powered by Make It Cheaper 
ICB Technical Support Line; powered by Quest
 ICB Professional Indemnity Insurance; powered by Qdos

 

ICB bestowed Companionship upon the following seven people:

Victor Brownlow FICB
Christine Aplin MICB PM.Dip
Julie Austen FICB PM.Dip
Julia Wedgwood
Eszter Petrinovics FICB PM.Dip
Helen Khorikova (ICB-ICFM Ukraine)

Companions


 

 

 

 

 

Student of the Year

The LUCA for Student of the Year will be awarded to the person who, during the year immediately prior to the awards ceremony, has achieved success in one or more ICB examinations. Whilst most students expect to achieve examination success, the Student of the Year will be the person who, in the judgement of ICB, has shown outstanding achievement perhaps whilst studying in or overcoming difficult circumstances.

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Student of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by an ICB Accredited Training Provider (ATP), or by a student him or herself, or by another person associated with the student who believes that he or she is worthy of the title ‘Student of the Year’

  2. ATPs may nominate more than one student

  3. The student must have been registered with ICB as a student for not less than 90 days during the year immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony. Previous non–consecutive periods of ICB student registration will not be taken into account.

  4. The student must hold current valid ICB student registration or membership

  5. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the nominator believes the student worthy of the title ‘Student of the Year’.

  6. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the student

    • Name of the nominator

    • Name of ATP (if applicable)

  7. Additional documentation, such as letters of support from any person or persons who are willing to attest to the student’s efforts and/or to the circumstances that have affected the student are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the student being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Apprentice of the Year

The LUCA for Apprentice of the Year will be awarded to the person who, during the year immediately prior to the awards ceremony, has achieved success through the ICB Apprenticeship. Whilst most apprentices expect to achieve success, the Apprentice of the Year will be the person who, in the judgement of ICB, has shown outstanding achievement perhaps whilst studying in or overcoming difficult circumstances.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Apprentice of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by an ICB Accredited Training Provider (ATP), College, or by a student him or herself, or by another person associated with the apprentice who believes that he or she is worthy of the title ‘Apprentice of the Year’

  2. ATPs may nominate more than one student

  3. The Apprentice must have been registered with ICB as an apprentice for not less than 90 days during the year immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony. Previous non–consecutive periods of being an apprentice or a student will not be taken into account.

  4. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the nominator believes the apprentice worthy of the title ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

  5. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the apprentice

    • Name of the nominator

    • Name of ATP/ College

  6. Additional documentation, such as letters of support from any person or persons who are willing to attest to the apprentices efforts and/or to the circumstances that have affected the student are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the apprentice being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Tutor of the Year

The LUCA Award for Tutor of the Year will be awarded to the person who, in the opinion of ICB, most closely meets the ideals and standards expected of an ICB accredited tutor. Whilst it is expected that all tutors carry out their role diligently and in an open and friendly manner, it is anticipated that the Tutor of the Year will have proved their dedication and willingness to take the role, above and beyond the normal.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Tutor of the Year LUCA Award must be submitted by an ICB Accredited Training Provider (ATP)

  2. ATPs may nominate more than one tutor

  3. The Tutor must have been in continuous employment with the nominating ATP for a minimum period of one year prior to the LUCA Awards ceremony. Previous employment with another ATP will not be taken into account.

  4. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the ATP believes the tutor worthy of the title ‘Tutor of the Year’.

  5. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the tutor

    • Name of the ATP

    • Name of the person submitting the nomination on behalf of the ATP

    • Employment status of the tutor (full time, part time, self-employed, etc)

    • How long the tutor has been employed by the ATP

    • Has the ATP at any stage during the twelve months immediately prior to the LUCA Awards ceremony taken any disciplinary action against the tutor

    • Has the ATP received any complaint from a student against the tutor during the twelve months immediately prior to the LUCA Awards ceremony whether or not this resulted in any disciplinary action being taken

    • Approximately how many students does the tutor service

  6. Supporting documentation, such as letters of praise from students, are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the Tutor being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

New Practice of the Year

The LUCA for New Practice of the Year will be awarded to the practice that, in the opinion of ICB, can demonstrate that it upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that it deserves to be awarded the title ‘New Practice of the Year’. Whilst the specific criteria for what constitutes a New Practice of the Year is that it should have been in operation for no longer than 18 months. Other criteria may apply, such as: the nominated practices will have achieved significant success or established a solid reputation with clients or external partners. This could be, by way of example, a new practice that has used effective marketing to promote itself and ICB; it might also be a practice that is able to demonstrate that it has contributed to an ICB branch or region, or has undertaken activities in the wider community.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the New Practice of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the practice itself or by another person associated with the Practice who believes that the practice is worthy of the title ‘New Practice of the Year’

  2. The practice must have held an ICB Practice Licence for no more than 18 months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony.

  3. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Practice deserves to be awarded the LUCA for New Practice of the Year.

  4. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the Practice

    • Name of the nominator

    • Name of the owner/principal of the practice

    • Names of people working in the practice and their job roles/titles

  5. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from clients, accountants etc, are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the Practice being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Small Practice of the Year

The LUCA for Small Practice of the Year will be awarded to the practice that, in the opinion of ICB, can demonstrate that it upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that it deserves to be awarded the title ‘Small Practice of the Year’. A Small Practice should be comprised of four or fewer people. It is expected that nominated practices will have achieved significant success. This could be, by way of example, a practice that has expanded in terms of number of clients, turnover or number of employees;  a practice that has used effective marketing to promote itself and ICB; or perhaps a practice that has achieved a high level of praise from clients or external partners; it might also be a practice that is able to demonstrate that it has contributed to an ICB branch or region, or has undertaken activities which have assisted a charity or the wider community.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Small Practice of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the Practice itself or by another person associated with the Practice who believes that the Practice is worthy of the title ‘Small Practice of the Year’

  1. The Practice must have held an ICB Practice Licence for not less than 18 months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony

  2. The Practice must consist of four or fewer people. The four or fewer must include the owner/principal of the practice.  These need not necessarily all be undertaking bookkeeping/accounting roles. For instance the practice may have a receptionist or a marketing executive. The four or fewer people may be employees or if freelancers they must have been engaged by the Practice on a regular basis, ie. for at least the last twelve months and on at least six occasions

  3. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Practice deserves to be awarded the LUCA for Small Practice of the Year

  4. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    1. The name of the Practice

    2. Name of the nominator

    3. Name of the owner/principal of the practice

    4. Names of people working in the practice and their job roles/titles

  5. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from clients, accountants etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the Practice being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation

 

Large Practice of the Year

The LUCA for Large Practice of the Year will be awarded to the Practice that, in the opinion of ICB, can demonstrate that it upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that it deserves to be awarded the title ‘Large Practice of the Year’. Whilst the specific criteria for what constitutes a Large Practice of the Year is that it is comprised of five or more people and has not fallen below five for a period of not less than twelve months immediately prior to the award ceremony, any other criteria may apply, such as: it is expected that nominated practices will have achieved significant success.  This could be, by having established a solid reputation; serviced clients for a number of years; expanded in terms of turnover; staffing or client numbers; or a practice that has used effective marketing to promote itself and ICB; or perhaps a practice that has achieved a high level of praise from clients or external partners; it might also be a practice that is able to demonstrate that it has contributed to an ICB branch or region; or has undertaken activities which have assisted a charity or the wider community.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Large Practice of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the Practice itself or by another person associated with the Practice who believes that the Practice is worthy of the title ‘Large Practice of the Year’

  2. The Practice must have held an ICB Practice Licence for not less than 18 months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony.

  3. The Practice must consist of five or more people. The five or more must include the owner/principal of the practice.  These need not necessarily all be undertaking bookkeeping/accounting roles. For instance the practice may have a receptionist or a marketing executive. The five or more people may be employees or if freelancers they must have been engaged by the Practice on a regular basis. Regular meaning for at least the last twelve months and on at least 6 occasions during the last twelve months.

  4. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Practice deserves to be awarded the LUCA for Large Practice of the Year.

  5. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the Practice

    • Name of the nominator

    • Name of the owner/principal of the practice

    • Names of people working in the practice and their job roles/titles

  6. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from clients, accountants etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the Practice being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Employer of the Year

The LUCA for Employer of the Year will be awarded to the employer that, in the opinion of ICB, can demonstrate that it upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that it deserves to be awarded the title ‘Employer of the Year’. The employer must demonstrate that they understand the important role that a bookkeeper has made to their business and that they have successfully integrated bookkeeping into their business ethos. They must be able to show that they have used their bookkeeper or bookkeepers to improve the financial management of their business and that this has yielded tangible results.

It must in addition be able to demonstrate that it is an excellent employer that upholds good employer/employee relations and maintains an open and inclusive policy.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Employer of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the Employer itself, an employee or anyone associated with the company.

  2. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Employer deserves to be awarded the LUCA for Employer of the Year.

  3. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    1. The name of the Employer

    2. Name of the nominator

    3. Name(s) of ICB students or members employed by the employer

  4. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from employees, clients, accountants etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the Employer being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Employed Bookkeeper of the Year

The LUCA for Employed Bookkeeper of the Year will be awarded to the student or member who, in the opinion of ICB, can demonstrate that he or she upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that he or she deserves to be awarded the title ‘Employed Bookkeeper of the Year’. Whilst there are no specific criteria for what constitutes an Employed Bookkeeper of the Year, it is expected that the nominee will have achieved significant success and will have made an outstanding contribution to or for his or her employer. It might also be that he or she is able to demonstrate a contribution to an ICB branch or region, or that he or she has undertaken activities which have assisted a charity or the wider community.

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Employed Bookkeeper of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the bookkeeper themselves or their employer or by another person associated with either the company or the employee.

  2. The nominee must have been an ICB student or member for not less than twelve months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony.

  3. The nominee must have been in continuous employment with the employer for a period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony.

  4. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the bookkeeper deserves to be awarded the LUCA for Employed Bookkeeper of the Year.

  5. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    • The name of the bookkeeper being nominated

    • Name of the employer

    • Name of the person submitting the nomination on behalf of the employer (if applicable) 

    • Period of employment

    • Position(s) held

  6. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from fellow employees, clients, accountants etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the bookkeeper being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Branch Chair of the Year

The LUCA Award for Branch Chair of the Year should go to a Chair who has shown great leadership and management of their branch. Has your Chair motivated you to deliver better branch services to your members? Have they been a good delegator and communicator, setting objectives for the branch and raising the profile of ICB in your region? If you feel your Branch Chair deserves recognition please nominate them for Branch Chair of the Year. 

Criteria

1. Nominations for the Branch Chair of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by an ICB Branch Chair, Vice-Chair, or by another person associated with an ICB Branch who believes that the Chair is worthy of the title ‘ICB Branch Chair of the Year’

2.   Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Chair deserves to be awarded the LUCA for ICB Branch Chair of the Year.

4.   The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

  • The name of the Branch Chair

  • Name of the nominator

  • A short explanation of why the Branch Chair deserves the award

5. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from Branch attendees, Branch Chair etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the ICB Chair being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

 

Branch of the Year

The LUCA for ICB Branch of the Year will be awarded to the ICB Branch that, in the opinion of ICB, has provided a hub that has welcomed and supported local ICB students and members. The ICB Branch must demonstrate that it upholds the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that it deserves to be awarded the title ‘ICB Branch of the Year’. The branch must demonstrate that it has raised the profile of ICB amongst local members, that it has provided education and guidance and brought members together, giving them the opportunity to network and develop as bookkeepers. 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Branch of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted  by the ICB Branch Chair, Vice-Chair, or by another person associated with the branch who believes that the Branch is worthy of the title ‘ICB Branch of the Year’

  2. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the Branch deserves to be awarded the LUCA for ICB Branch of the Year.

  3. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    1. The name of the Branch

    2. Name of the nominator

    3. Name of the Branch Chair 

    4. Name(s) of the Vice-Chair or any committee members (if applicable)

    5. Number of meetings held or due to be held between October 2018 and end of October 2019

  4. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from Branch attendees, speakers, clients etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the ICB Branch being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

Social Media Influencer of the Year

The LUCA for ICB Social Media Influencer of the Year will be awarded to the ICB member that, in the opinion of ICB, has used a social media platform in an innovative and creative manner to raise their profile and that of ICB and the profession as a whole. The ICB member must demonstrate that they uphold the standards and ideals of ICB and can show that they deserve to be awarded the title ‘ICB Social Media Influencer of the Year’. The member must demonstrate digital alchemy: engaging, memorable content and outreach to potential clients, followers and other businesses. 

 

Criteria

  1. Nominations for the Social Media Influencer of the Year LUCA Award may be submitted by the bookkeeper themselves or their employer, a fellow member or by another person associated with bookkeeper.

  2. The nominee must have been an ICB student or member for not less than twelve months immediately preceding the LUCA Awards ceremony.

  3. Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing why the member deserves to be awarded the LUCA for ICB SocIal Media Influencer of the Year.

  4. The letter of nomination must include the following basic information:

    1. The name of the member

    2. Name of the nominator

    3. Links to the nominated social media platforms

  5. Additional documentation, such as letters from any person or persons willing to support the nomination, for example from followers, clients etc., are encouraged. These can be attached to the original nomination or emailed separately. If emailed separately the subject line must include the name of the ICB member being nominated and must state that it is supporting documentation.

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