Local firm beats competition from world’s biggest payroll bureaux to win top award at national CIPP awards

Local firm Armstrong Watson has beat off competition from the world’s largest payroll bureaux in order to scoop the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the national ninth annual Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Payroll and Pensions Excellence awards.

The national awards ceremony is the payroll industries most prestigious awards for individuals and organisations working in the payroll and pensions professions and recognises excellence in this field.

The ceremony was held on 4 October at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales and is attended by the major players in the payroll and pensions industry, including the HMRC. Armstrong Watson was shortlisted for the ‘Employer of the Year’ award against some of the world’s laergest payroll providers, and beat off the competition to win the award. It’s the first time this has been achieved by a regional firm such as Armstrong Watson.

This is a fantastic achievement for Armstrong Watson and the Payroll team, especially considering this is our first attempt at entering for any award. To be given this recognition by a professional body such as the CIPP is a great honour and will greatly raise the profile of the payroll team. It shows just how professional they have become through sheer hard work and determination. It has taken several years to implement the payroll career structures and develop our internal processes, but now, both payroll staff, and the company are reaping the rewards, with clearly defined career opportunities, reduced staff turnover and professionally qualified staff providing an extremely high standard of service. We intend to build on this to develop new opportunities and ensure that our payroll staff continue to receive the recognition they deserve.


The award and certificate for Employer of the Year.

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