The wait is finally over: we reveal the shortlisted nominees who are in the running to win a Luca Award at this year's Bookkeepers Summit

Luca Awards Shortlists for ICB Students & Members and ICB Training Providers

2018 has been an exceptional year right across the Luca categories. These awards are growing in stature which is evidenced by the very detailed and empassioned endorsements contained in the nominations and supporting documentation submitted. The judges found that a few nominees had underestimated what was needed to make the shortlist, and commented that a brief paragraph in an email just doesn’t cut it!  The judges look forward to reconvening to decide the eventual Luca Award winners from the shortlist. 
June Carter, ICB co-founder and Chair of the judging panel commented, 'I’m glad I don’t make the final decision, the nominees have really pulled out all the stops, with some including videos. The Branch and Branch Chair nominations were very strong this year and I personally found it heartwarming to hear just how much the ICB Branch network supports ICB students and members up and down the country. This is what ICB is all about, genuine support and guidance to all.' 
The 2018 Luca Awards took place on Monday 26 November at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Heathrow, London. It was a spectacular night and we already can't wait for next year! The winners are below and congratulations to all nominees and shortlisted finalists!

Student of the Year 

WINNER - Emma Woodhouse MICB PM.Dip; trained with Ideal Schools
Husein Lakha MICB; trained with Training Link
Rosemary O'Regan AICB PM.Dip; studied independently

Apprentice of the Year

WINNER - Sam Hurst; training with Riverside Training Spalding, employed by Accumulus Accounting

Tutor of the Year

WINNER - Beverley Roberts FICB PM.Dip; tutor with Training Link
Eszter Petrinovics FICB PM.Dip; tutor with Ideal Schools
Teresa Clarke; tutor with Open Study College 

Small Training Provider of the Year

WINNER - E-Careers
North East Scotland College
Oxbridge Home Learning

Large Training Provider of the Year

WINNER - Training Link
Ideal Schools
Open Study College

Employed Bookkeeper of the Year 

WINNER - Adeolu Omosanya FICB; Finance Manager at Celerity
Aaron Lilley FICB PM.Dip; Cashtrak Ltd
Alisa Schroeder AICB PM.Dip; Another Answer
Gemma Griffiths AICB PM.Dip; Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd

Employer of the Year

WINNER - Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd; Julie Austen FICB PM.Dip
Cashtrak Ltd; Carol Webb FICB PM.Dip
Value Add Business Solutions Ltd; Michelle Smith AICB

New Practice of the Year 

WINNER - Caplin Bookkeeping; Christine Aplin MICB PM.Dip
Choice Bookkeeping Limited;  Mark Williams AICB
Exe Bookkeeping and Payroll Services; Jaye Snell MICB PM.Dip

Small Practice of the Year 

WINNER - But The Books Ltd; Zoe Whitman MICB
Adder Bookkeeping Ltd; Helen Bower MICB PM.Dip
JMD Bookkeeping Services; Julia Donaldson AICB
Parks Bookkeeping Services; Kim Parks FICB PM.Dip
Starbooks Limited; Victoria Longmore AICB

Large Practice of the Year 

WINNER - Cashtrak Ltd; Carol Webb FICB PM.Dip
Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd; Julie Austen FICB PM.Dip
HRA Accounting Ltd; Helen Adams FICB PM.Dip

Branch Chair of the Year 

WINNER - Catherine Pyman AICB; North Yorkshire
Carol Webb FICB PM.Dip; Oxfordshire
Claire Packham FICB; East Sussex
Lucy Brown FICB PM.Dip; Lincolnshire
Susan Rose FICB PM.Dip; Northamptonshire

Branch of the Year 

WINNER - East Sussex; Claire Packham FICB
North Yorkshire; Catherine Pyman AICB
Oxfordshire; Carol Webb FICB PM.Dip
South Glamorgan (Cardiff); Janet Haines AICB PM.Dip and Nicola Payne AICB PM.Dip

Member's Social Media Presence of the Year

WINNER - Victoria Longmore AICB @StarbooksLtd
Christine Aplin MICB PM.Dip @CaplinBK
Heather Palmer MICB @HeatherPalmer
Michael Smith AICB @michaelseyeview

Luca Awards Shortlists for Bookkeeping Products and Providers

As voted for by ICB students and members in an online ballot

Bookkeeping Media Source of the Year 

WINNER - AccountingWEB
Accountancy Age
PQ Magazine

Bookkeeping Software of the Year


Add-on of the Year

WINNER - GoCardless
Bright HR

Payroll Software of the Year

WINNER - Sage Payroll
QuickBooks Payroll
Xero Payroll

The Alan Cleverly OBE Award for Small Business Support Service of the Year

Chambers of Commerce
Companies House
Enterprise Nation

Expenses & Document Management Software of the Year

WINNER - AutoEntry
Xero Expenses

Accounts Preparation and Taxation Software of the Year

WINNER - Taxfiler
VT Transactions

CRM & Practice Management Software of the Year

WINNER - AccountancyManager
Practice Ignition

Cashflow Forecasting Software of the Year

WINNER - Float

Personality of the Year

WINNER - Julia Wedgwood, Sage
Alicia Skubick, Intuit
Cameron John, Sage
Damon Anderson, Xero
Gary Turner, Xero

Friendliest Software Provider of the Year 


The winners of the 2018 Luca Awards will be announced at the Members Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Bookkeepers Summit on 26 November. 

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are now completely sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Sobi Hariharan via sobi.hariharan@bookkeepers.org.uk