Robert Buckland from Bristol, Bath & Swindon Business News presented the award with this note from the IoD judges.
ForrestBrown has seen significant growth in 2016 and has achieved real recognition within the tax sector, as well as fuelling further business innovation and development across the South West region and beyond.
Simon has built a complete and successful professional services business with a ‘start-up feel’. Financial performance is outstanding based on a good board structure and solid processes. Well done indeed Simon. IoD Judges
Simon was up against contenders from Dorset, Gloucestershire and Cornwall in this hard-fought category. This win is the third for ForrestBrown in as many months, and comes after an incredible 2016 during which the firm doubled in size.
We’ve previously written in detail about ForrestBrown’s meteoric growth, as detailed in our blog about Simon’s award nomination. In recent months, ForrestBrown and its team have been adjudged Best Financial Firm at the very first Bristol Life Awards 2017 and director, Lisa-Marie Smith, won the Taxation Awards 2017’s prestigious “Rising Star” award.
The entire ForrestBrown team has grown under the guidance of Simon’s leadership and we are thrilled with his well-deserved win. Simon has built ForrestBrown from the ground-up, with the company now made up of over 50 employees. ForrestBrown is a strong business that delivers for its clients and is a fantastic place to work.
Mark Mason, established businessman and executive chairman at ForrestBrown, who has been working with Simon for a number of years, had this to say about the win:
I'm delighted that Simon has won this prestigious award. It recognises 4 years of hard work by him and his team that has resulted in one of the fastest growing and most outstanding businesses in the UK.
Mark Mason, ForrestBrown Executive Chairman