About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy body with 296,000 students and 115,000 members in 170 countries. Their aim is to offer a first choice qualification to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA's reputation is grounded in over 100 years of providing accounting and finance qualifications. Their long traditions are complemented by modern thinking, backed by a diverse, global membership. For More Information: www.accaglobal.com

One of their aims is to achieve and promote the highest professional, ethical and governance standards and advance the public interest. As part of this, the ACCA's quality assurance programme informs clients which firms operate to the highest possible standards in providing a quality service to their clients.

Best Practice

The ACCA Quality Checked programme is encouraging member firms to adopt the same standards of good quality controls.

Firms that have been awarded an ACCA Quality Checked mark have maintaned a high standard of excellence in the wide range of activities typically carried out in small and mid-sized practices. Good quality controls help to maintain the quality of work and a consistently good service to clients.

The Directors and staff at Hawkins Priday are delighted to have achieved such a coveted award at the first attempt following ACCA's introduction of this quality control measure. Continued monitoring by the ACCA ensures best practice is adhered to as part of our business ethos. Hawkins Priday has again passed this stringent examination set by the ACCA at its most recent review carried out in May 2013.

The firm has also previously been awarded the "Award for Skills Development" (sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council) by The Chamber of Commerce Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

What's Checked?

To be awarded the ACCA Quality Checked mark, firms must first have their quality control procedures assessed by an ACCA compliance officer. The assessment will cover all areas of the firm's work and the compliance officer will look at our files and other records to confirm that the firm has followed good practice.

Identifying Client Needs

Standards are based on five principles, which go beyond statutory and regulatory compliance, which includes adhering to ACCA's Code of Ethics and Conduct. In addition, firms must clearly identify all their clients' needs, re-assess services for continuing clients on a regular basis; maintain efficient paper-based records and electronic systems, and keep the Directors and staff skills up to date. They must communicate effectively with statutory bodies, ACCA and other regulators, and - most importantly - keep clients informed of opportunities or obligations of which they may have been unaware.

Improved Service

The ACCA Quality Checked mark confirms that the practice has achieved and maintained a standard of excellence that enables it to offer the best service to clients.

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