ContractorUK Reader Awards 2016: list of winners

Here is the full list of winners from the ContractorUK Reader Awards 2016:

Best Recruitment Agency of 2016

Winner: Hays IT

“It’s a great achievement to receive the award from ContractorUK for Best Recruitment Agency for the fourth year running”, said Hays IT director James Milligan.

“The award win highlights the selection and quality of the assignments we provide for IT contractors, and the continued trust they place in us.”

Runner-up: Capita

Commended/Third place: Aston Carter

Best Contractor Accountant (Large) of 2016

Winner: SJD Accountancy

“To win this award for the 10th year running is an amazing achievement,” said Derek Kelly, the chief executive of the Optionis Group, which owns SJD.

“Our staff are among the best qualified and most experienced in the industry and work hard to provide the market-leading service that our clients deserve. This award is testament to their skill and dedication.”

Runner-up: PayStream

“We are delighted to be the runner up in the Best Large Contractor Accountant category for the fifth time,” said PayStream’s managing director Paul Malley. “This shows that our focus on continually reviewing and enhancing our services is valued by our customers.”

Commended/Third place: Nixon Williams

“Nixon Williams prides itself on being contractors’ accounting partner, striving to make their businesses more efficient and their lives easier,” said Mr Kelly of the Optionis Group, which owns Nixon Williams.

“Nixon Williams has just launched new service lines and unveiled a fresh brand identity, which has gone down well with contractors. We are enormously proud of this award.”

Best Contractor Accountant (Small/Medium) of 2016

Winner: Intouch Accounting

“Everyone at Intouch Accounting is thrilled to have won the title of Best Contractor Accountant Small/Medium of 2016,” said Paul Gough, managing director of Intouch Accounting.

“It reflects how hard our personal accountants and all our staff work to make the lives of our clients richer, so thank you to everyone who voted.”

Runner-up: inniAccounts

"We’re delighted to start 2017 with this recognition!” said inniAccounts co-founder James Poyser.

“Our team put innovation, efficiency and personal service at the heart of everything we do, and so we believe that this recognises the dedication of every member of our team. We’d like to personally thank all our clients and supporters for taking the time to vote for us.”

Commended/Third place: The Accounting Crew

“To be recognised as one of the best contractor accounting practices in the UK is a real honour for all of us here at The Crew,” said the firm’s founders Darryl and Rowan Keyte.

“Our business goal is to add real value to our customers and this award is recognition that we are on the right track. We’ll do everything we can to continue developing as a business that places its customers at the heart of everything we do.”

Best Umbrella Company of 2016

Winner: PayStream

“We are delighted to have been voted the Best Umbrella provider in the ContractorUK Reader Awards for the third time,” said PayStream’s Mr Malley.

“I am very proud of all the PayStream team for their hard work in ensuring such high customer service standards are constantly maintained.”

Runner-up: Giant

“Having won this award for seven of the past 10 years, we are disappointed to narrowly miss out on the top spot,” said Giant group’s managing director Matthew Brown. “We are confident of a strong year ahead and will look to reclaim the best umbrella crown next year.”

Commended/Third place: Parasol

"We've been supporting contractors for 15 years," Parasol said. "But today is a very proud day as the efforts of the Parasol team have been recognised, both for the high-quality way in which we employ contractors, and the fantastic employment benefits we give them."

Best Jobsite of 2016

Winner: JobServe


“It is great that Technojobs is recognised by contractors,” said Technojobs’ managing director Anthony Sherick.

“We appreciate the votes of support. Technojobs always tries to offer the widest choice of contracts available in the IT market”.

Best Training Provider of 2016

Winner: The Learning People

Runner-up: Capita

Best Client of 2016

Winner: HSBC

Runner-up: Barclays

Best Financial Service Provider of 2016

Winner: Cater Allen Banking

Runner-up: Hiscox Insurance

Best Forum Adviser of 2016

Winner: Darren at DynamoAccounts

“Many thanks to the ContractorUK readers that have voted for me,” said Darren. “ It’s a great acknowledgement of the work carried out by the team behind Dynamo and a massive achievement especially as it’s less than a year since launching the brand. 

“The team and I look forward to supporting ContractorUK and all the forum participants over the coming year, which looks to be another interesting one in the world of contracting.” 

Forum Personality of the Year

Winner: SimonMac

Most Entertaining Forum Thread

Winner: "I read somewhere..."
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Simon writes impartial news and engaging features for the contractor industry, covering, IR35, the loan charge and general tax and legislation.
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