Inaugural Northern Finance Director Awards launch

The inaugural Northern Finance Directors awards programme has been launched in the North West today.

The Northern Finance Director of the Year Awards will recognise the financial stars who are leading the way across the North of England and shaping the future growth for the region.

Nominations for the awards are now open and can be submitted via until 31st July.

The awards are open to finance director in all industries that are delivering success and new opportunities for their business, whether a fast growing SME or an innovative PLC, as well as for the region as a whole.

Finalists will be invited to attend panel interviews on Monday 11 September 2017. The winners will then be selected by independent panel of judges including accountancy regulators, business executives, government influencers and other leading finance directors. The winners will be announced at gala awards ceremony in Manchester on Thursday 5 October.

The awards are being sponsored by Barclays, EY and Squire Patton Boggs.

Tony Walsh, head of the north for Barclays Corporate Banking said: “With the growing optimism in business it is an exciting opportunity for us to highlight the leaders in the finance arena. This will be the first time we’ve been able to do this across the whole of the North to really showcase the wealth of talent we have here in the Northern Powerhouse.”

Giles Chesher, partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said: “We are delighted to co-sponsor the inaugural Northern Finance Director Awards, which are aimed at showcasing the immense financial talent we have across the North of England. The role of the corporate Finance Director has grown over the years and they increasingly play a fundamental role in not only the success of their business but also to the prosperity of our economy”.

Noam Handler, partner at EY, said: “We know that the North of England houses some very talented FDs who help steer companies through a multitude of challenges in their respective sectors, showing great leadership qualities for the benefit of their finance team and the wider business. This is a real opportunity to showcase all that they, and the North, has to offer.”

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