Member news: Wakefield chartered accountant celebrates growth success story win at Wakefield Business Awards 2023

Nov 22, 2023

Parsons, Chartered Accountants scooped the Business Growth Success Story award at the Wakefield Business Awards on Thursday 9 November. The firm came out on-top despite stiff competition from three other local businesses, each with their own impressive growth stories. 

On winning the prestigious award, Ian Parsons, Managing Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Parsons, said: “This award is a shared success, it’s a proud moment for every member of our team and a testament to the dedication and hard work that they pour into the business. This prestigious recognition not only validates our efforts but also serves as a milestone in our longer-term growth journey.

“Beyond the accolades, winning this award positions us as a leader in our industry and community, opening new doors for collaboration, partnerships, and business opportunities. It reinforces our commitment to contributing to the economic growth and prosperity of Wakefield.”

The firm’s growth trajectory has been marked by careful strategic planning. Winning in the growth category underscores an ability to navigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities. It reflects the effectiveness of the firm’s overall business strategy, from recruitment and training to marketing and client engagement. Lisa Butterworth, Head of Marketing at Parsons said: “A commitment to delivering exceptional client service whilst nurturing each colleague’s professional development has played a major role in our success. This, combined with a recruitment strategy that fosters a positive work culture and embeds our shared values as we continue to grow.”

Judge’s commentary on the entry from Parsons said: “Excellent story of growth since 2011, taking into account the merger and their clear strategy around responding to changing markets and bringing new skills into the senior management team. Underpinned by evidenced financial performance information.”

Parsons was founded in Wakefield in 2011 and now employs 60 people across two Yorkshire practices. A focused growth strategy has doubled the firm’s turnover over the past two years, expanding the workforce at a similar rate with the opening of a new office in York and launch of two new service lines to steadily grow its diverse client base.

Now in its second year, the Wakefield Business Awards introduced a refreshed list of categories for 2023, aimed at giving businesses of all shapes and sizes from across the district the chance to shine. Independent judging saw each entry scrutinized three times, producing a robust shortlist which truly reflected high-quality businesses.

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