British Accountancy Awards declare Thorne Widgery as a winner for its innovative approach to accountancy

We are excited to announce that we have been selected as the winner of the Xero Small Practice Innovation of the Year Award at the prestigious British Accountancy Awards.

Presented to our team in honour of their revolutionary X for Education (XfE) solution for schools and academies, the award was picked up by our Director Dan Crowther and our Xero and Academies Expert, Sam King, at a ceremony hosted in London at Grosvenor House within the A JW Marriott Hotel.

Organised by leading publication Accountancy Age, the awards are held each year to recognise the UK’s top firms, which have demonstrated excellence in their profession

The XfE service to academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) is a bespoke software solution that enables schools to take full advantage of the ease and convenience of the Xero cloud accountancy package, with the added benefit of being able to meet Education and Schools Funding Agency (EFSA) requirements – factors which the judges recognised when crowning us as a winner.

Speaking after the awards, Dan Crowther said: “We are truly honoured to win the Small Practice Innovation Award for our XfE solution. This has been such a successful and innovative solution for our clients and we are glad that the judges have recognised this.

“To come out on top speaks volumes about the hard work we have put into this project and I would like to thank everyone at Thorne Widgery who has played a part in this success.”

Sam King, who helped to lead the team behind XfE, added: “Our entire team is so proud of what we have achieved with this unique solution. No other service on the market is able to replicate what we do, which is why we are already working with a number of schools and accountancy firms across the country to roll XfE out to new areas – this award can only help us more with this goal.”

We have won a number of awards previously, but few have been as prestigious as the British Accountancy Awards. We now hope that this latest achievement will help us to propel our services to a wider national audience.

We will soon demonstrate our award-winning X for Education solution at The Academies Show in Birmingham, which is due to take place on 21 November 2018 at the NEC. Visitors will be able to learn more about XfE on stand H14.

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