The CIMA/Financial Management Awards Wednesday 12 November 2003, London

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Recruitment consultancy of the year Sponsored by GAAPweb

Winner: Michael Page

The judges were impressed by Michael Page's new initiatives to support CIMA students and promote the qualification--particularly the Part-Qualified Survival Guide, which included information about exam techniques and the CIMA qualification.

Gary Watson, managing director, Michael Page Finance (left), with Rob Schofield, general manager, GAAPweb Hays Accountancy Personnel and Robert Half Finance & Accounting were highly commended.

Employer of the year (under 500 employees) Sponsored by JOSLIN ROWE Recruitment Consultants

Winner: Figleaves.com

Figleaves.com's expansion in its management accounting function and the responsibility given to management accountants in the business was given special mention. Alan Chadwick, financial controller said: "Our employees are our single most important asset."

Mike Ross, chief executive, Figleaves.com (left), with Peter Padua, associate director; Joslin Rowe.

Part-qualified of the year Sponsored by Hays Accountancy Personnel

Winner: Yasas Abeywickrama

Twenty-three-year-old Abeywickrama works in the Sri Lankan office of software company Virtusa, a US-based software company, where he is completing a year's internship while studying for his CIMA qualification at the University of Colombo. Abeywickrama has consistently achieved high results in his CIMA exams.

Ross Hetherington, managing director, Hays Accountancy Personnel (left), with Yasas Abeywickrama

Finance team of the year Sponsored by Nicholas Andrews & Temps Financial

Winner: Royal Bank of Scotland, manufacturing finance division

Of note was the work of the team following the Royal Bank of Scotland's takeover of NatWest. It delivered technology integration cost savings, ensuring that customer and reporting systems were not affected.

Neil Jury, operations director, Nicholas Andrews & Temps Financial (left), with Mark Hesketh, FD, RBS. Unilever was highly commended.

Tutor of the year Sponsored by accountingweb.co.uk

Winner: Julie Stanton, Defence School of Finance Management

The judges were particularly impressed by Stanton's commitment to her CIMA students, whom she regularly teaches in her own time; her outstanding pass rates (100 per cent al foundation level); and the number of her students who have become CIMA prizewinners. …