Entries open for the long-awaited Finance Awards North West

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The long-awaited 2022 Finance Awards North West has now opened for entries.

The awards ceremony, which will take at Old Trafford Football Stadium on Thursday 12 May 2022, are  organised by Robert Walters, ICAEW Manchester, RSM and HSBC and recognise the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals within the region’s finance community.

With over 500 professionals attending the 2019 ceremony, the awards have become the leading networking event for finance professionals in the North West, with accolades given to a breadth of businesses including NCC Group, Autocab and Hilti.

The relaunch puts an end to the awards’ 12-month hiatus due to the pandemic, as venue spaces will once again hold events of this scale.

The award partners, alongside previous winners, marked the launch of the awards at the Ivy, Manchester on Thursday 16th September.

Lucy Bisset, Director of Robert Walters, said: “We saw finance vacancies in the North West spike by 45% in the first half of the year, including areas such as FP&A and transformation, highlighting the key role finance professionals continue to play in navigating the challenges businesses have faced due to the pandemic.

“Manchester has also further cemented its status as one of Europe’s leading shared service centre (SSC) locations, with an increasing number of businesses northshoring their operations due to the city’s connectivity and outstanding talent in finance.”

She added: “It’s a pleasure to reopen the awards after a difficult year for finance teams across the region, and to celebrate those committed individuals and teams that have had to adapt to such volatile market conditions. We look forward to reconnecting the North West finance community once again at the awards ceremony in May.”


The awards include 14 separate categories, celebrating businesses and teams of all sizes. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from each partner along with industry guests and a shortlist of finalists announced at the end of March 2022:

  • Finance Director of the Year (over £200m turnover)
  • Finance Director of the Year (£50m – £200m turnover)
  • Finance Director of the Year (less than £50m turnover)
  • Financial Controller of the Year
  • Finance Business Partner of the Year
  • Finance Team of the Year – Large (20+ people)
  • Finance Team of the Year – Medium (6-19 people)
  • Finance Team of the Year – Small (5 people or less)
  • Shared Service Centre of the Year
  • Business Resilience & Change Award
  • CSR Excellence Award
  • Rising Star of the Year – Qualified
  • Rising Star of the Year – Non/Part-Qualified
  •  Finance Team Player

Justin Kyriakou, Regional Director of the ICAEW North West and Midlands said: “Over the past year, the business landscape has altered like never before.

“We can now look forward to honouring the many finance businesses across Greater Manchester which have successfully bounced back, showing clear commitment and professionalism throughout the challenges faced.

“The Finance Awards North West continues to inspire employers and professionals alike to really seek out the amazing opportunities the region has to offer’”

Kevin Duffy, Regional Managing Partner at RSM UK said: ‘It’s great to see The Finance Awards North West back again this year. After what has been a challenging period for everyone, it will be great to celebrate key achievements of regional businesses and individuals who have not only navigated the pandemic but innovated, adapted and excelled to help shape and grow our North West economy.”

Jason Trigg, Area Director of HSBC added: “HSBC are proud to be partnering with Robert Walters, the ICAEW and RSM to organise the Finance Awards North West.

“Finance teams play a critical role in supporting the Region’s businesses and this was never more evident than during the difficult last 16 months.

“With the economy now recovering, we are delighted to have the opportunity to recognise the North West’s finance talent and to shine a light on the brilliant work they do”


Applicants can submit their entries here with a deadline of Friday 21 January 2022.

Winners will be announced in an exclusive gala dinner held at Old Trafford Football Stadium on Thursday 12 May 2022.