A BUDDING accountant was honoured for his hard work and passion after being shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Lewis Reynolds has beat off stiff competition from thousands of applicants after being whittled down to the final five candidates in the Rising Star of the Year category of the Accounting Excellence Awards 2021.

The 22-year-old from Walsall started out as a trainee accountant at family-run firm Unico 3 Ltd four years ago.

Such is his success, his employers have tipped him to become “one of the top accountants in the country in the next 10 years.”

Founding partner of Unico 3, Jane Barker said: “I have never come across someone who is as hardworking, passionate and more worthy of a Rising Star award than Lewis.

“I have no doubt that he will go on to be one of the top accountants in the country in the next 10 years.”

The Accounting Excellence Awards recognise the best of the accounting profession across the UK at a glittering ceremony which was held in October.

No stranger to awards, Unico 3 has itself racked up a number of honours in recent years as business took off during the pandemic leading to them more than doubling their workforce.

The Walsall-based firm provides outsourced expertise in accountancy, administration and compliance for logistics companies including support for self-employed delivery drivers.

Covid-19 meant they had to come up with new ways to support clients and immediately set staff up to work from home, extended their opening hours, introduced new services while offering free advice about grants and furlough claims.

Speaking about Lewis’ achievements, Jane added: “To say that Lewis has contributed to the growth of the business would be an understatement.

“He has driven our accounts team forward, paving the way for a new level of client care which allows us to build our referral-based marketing strategy off the back of his leadership.

“For someone who at such a young age, Lewis shows a maturity beyond his years, driving our business forward through his natural leadership and understanding of business.”

Lewis’s goal is to become a fully qualified accountant and eventually gain a qualification in business.

For more information about Unico 3, visit www.unico3.co.uk