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We’re thrilled to announce that our managing director and founder, Simon Brown, has been shortlisted for the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2017.

Simon is competing in the Young Director of the Year category, joining other nominees from Dorset, Gloucestershire and Cornwall. This nomination is the third for ForrestBrown in as many months and comes after an incredible 2016, during which the firm doubled in size.

In March, Lisa-Marie Smith was shortlisted for the Taxation Awards 2017’s prestigious “Rising Star” award, and in April ForrestBrown was judged the best Financial firm at the very first Bristol Life Awards 2017.

The whole team will be rooting for Simon when the winners are announced later this month at a glittering awards ceremony at Ashton Gate Stadium. We’d love him to win in recognition of the brilliant business he has built from scratch – one that delivers for clients and is a fantastic place to work.

Simon’s ForrestBrown story

In 2013, chartered tax adviser Simon Brown changed direction from his successful tax career to start a new business – ForrestBrown. It would do just one thing: research and development (R&D) tax credits.

On day one, Simon had no office and no clients. With no outside investment and a lot of hard work, Simon has built a fast-growing specialist tax consultancy that today employs almost 50 people.

Simon has created a tax business with a difference. Suits don’t equal impressive performance for Simon. What does, is building solid relationships with clients and delivering outstanding results.

2016 was Simon’s most successful year to date; ForrestBrown delivered a cash boost of £50 million to innovative businesses and was awarded “best independent consultancy firm” at the Taxation Awards 2016 – the Oscars of the tax world! You can read more about his achievements in 2016: a ForrestBrown year in review.

2017 is set to be even bigger! As ForrestBrown continues to grow, Simon’s focus for the year ahead will be looking for talented tax advisers to join his star team.

Now an accredited ICAEW training employer, this year Simon will also be supporting ten junior tax associates through their professional qualifications.

View all of the Bristol finalists