A Bradford accountancy practice is celebrating this week after the firm was shortlisted for a regional award for outstanding talent.

Watson Buckle is in the running for the title of Independent Firm of The Year at the upcoming Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2018.

The ceremony will take place at New Dock Hall, in Leeds, on Thursday, May 10.

The good news comes at a time when Watson Buckle is working hard to expand its service offering to clients, having launched its own innovative cloud accounting service, WB Connect last year.

The company also appointed longstanding director Mark Wilcock as joint managing director of the firm in January.

Speaking after learning about the award shortlisting, joint managing director Susan Sedgwick, said: “At Watson Buckle we pride ourselves on our independent status and, therefore, it is a great honour to have been shortlisted.

“The team and I are delighted with the good news and are very much looking forward to attending the awards dinner.”

Mr Wilcock added: “It is fantastic that Watson Buckle’s efforts have been recognised on a regional scale and I would like to thank all of the team for their ongoing hard work and dedication.”

Watson Buckle can trace its history back more than a century, with Watson Wood founded in Bradford in 1902 and subsequently merging with Charles D Buckle & Co who were founded in 1905, in April 2000.

The company offers clients a full range of accountancy and tax advisory services, as well as advice on business plans, bookkeeping, management buy-outs, acquisitions and mergers. They can also provide a computerised payroll service and specialist sector team support and kept up to date with regular sector bulletins.

Clients also benefit from the international services available through membership of MGI Worldwide, a global network of independent chartered accountants. They have been members of MGI Worldwide since 1978, bringing together the expertise of 300 member offices around the world.

The firm was recently hand-picked as Bradford’s first QuickBooks Platinum Partner.