we're double award winners!

12 May 2022



On 5th May 2022, Fortus scored double at the 2022 Yorkshire Accountancy Awards!

At a glitz award ceremony inside New Dock Hall, Leeds, Director Andy Northern picked up the ‘Partner of the Year’ Award and Accounts Manager Laura O’Regan ‘Rising Star of the Year’ in recognition for their work with our clients and helping to develop the Fortus business.

Both Andy and Laura were resoundingly praised by the judges who highlighted Andy’s development as an ‘innovative practitioner who strives to do things differently’ and recognised Laura as a ‘shining example for others to follow’.

With over 20 years’ experience, Andy joined Fortus in 2020 and now manages our York office of 25 people. He supports businesses of all sizes to structure their personal and business affairs in the most tax-efficient manner and he’s a keen advocate of our #OneTeamManyTalents philosophy, bringing together people to ensure a joined-up approach and collective sharing of ideas. Andy’s also a big believer in sharing network contacts to support local business owners the best he possibly can.

Laura joined the Fortus ‘family’ in January 2021. Sitting in an accounts compliance-based role, she successfully manages an extensive portfolio of clients across a variety of industries in the SME and owner managed space in York and the wider Yorkshire region. She’s a true champion for her clients, keen to remain embedded within their roots, with a firm understanding of their challenges and strategic goals. Laura was also a Cohort 1 FORUS Employee Board member, joining just one month into her role at Fortus.

“The awards for both Andy and Laura are a significant recognition of the work they’ve done but also the impressive journey that Fortus has been on in Yorkshire. We’re extremely proud of them and the whole Fortus team."

Craig Herbert, Executive Director - Fortus

Commenting on his award win, Andy said, “While I’m still in the early stages of being partner at Fortus, being recognised for my contributions to the success of the organisation over the last year has been a real highlight. Being presented with such a proud accolade only drives me to continue in the same vein when it comes to the development of our people, our growth plans and the above-and-beyond service we provide to our valued clients.”

Laura added, “Fortus is fast-paced, forward-thinking, always looking to create opportunities for clients and proactive in its business growth plans. It’s been a fantastic environment to develop my skills, not only to benefit our clients but also in how I can help my colleagues. To have been recognised for doing a job I love is something I’m hugely proud of. I’ve always been driven by the development of others and putting our York and Scarborough offices on the map.”

Craig Herbert, Executive Director at Fortus, said, “The awards for both Andy and Laura are a significant recognition of the work they’ve done but also the impressive journey that Fortus has been on in Yorkshire. In the last 12 months, we’ve seen revenues grow by 30% and increased our headcount across our York and Scarborough offices by 20. We’re extremely proud of them and the whole Fortus team. We’re rapidly growing based on our approach of providing advisory and accountancy services to business owners in a unique way, where we work together to share knowledge and experience to be able to advise them across all areas of their business.”

We’d like to congratulate all finalists, including:

  • Team of the Year – Fortus Payroll North Team
  • Brand of the Year – Fortus!
  • Support Staff of the Year – Fortus North Business Support Team
  • Yorkshire Accountant of the Year – Andy Northern (again!)

You’re all winners in our eyes.


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