COUNTING ON THE EXPERTS A major awarding body in Nigeria celebrating the achievements of inspirational young people has called upon member firm UHY Maaji to manage the voting process for the second year running. The 2021 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nigeria, part of the global movement of the same name, recognises young people who have contributed to humanity in different categories such as cultural achievement, business, economic or entrepreneurial accomplishment and moral and environmental leadership. Lawrence Etuk, business development manager at UHY Maaji (pictured, above, at the TOYP award ceremony), says his firm took over the brief from a Big Four auditor to monitor the process, collate the votes and choose the winner, in recognition of UHYMaaji’s strong industry credentials and years of audit experience. “It is a great responsibility and a great honour,” he says. Pictured (left to right) at the TOYP awards ceremony: Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Oyo State; Titilope Oguntunga, Head of Sustainable Development and Corporate Brand,

Lafarge Africa PLC; Abiola Olurunnisola, President, JCI Nigeria; Seun Ashamu, Commissioner for Energy, Oyo State; Oluwakemi Irinoye, TOYP Chairperson, JCI Nigeria The appointment adds to UHYMaaji’s notable list of clients in good works – it is auditor to Bread for the World (BFtW), a global development agency supporting projects in more than 90 countries, including ones funded in Nigeria. UHY Maaji was also selected by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide audit for funds to various agencies, and the World Bank has chosen the firm to audit World Bank funded projects in Nigeria. “We love our diverse range of clients and were thrilled to play such a key role in this important award,” says Lawrence. “To see these young and energetic individuals being recognised for their contributions, helping young people to focus on using their energy positively towards making the society a better place, is a privilege.” The firm presented its report at the gala awards ceremony on 12 August. Pictured (left to right) at the TOYP awards ceremony: 'Jide Adeyemi, CEO, BIG & BOLD Communications; award-winner Gideon Olanrewaju, founder, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi); Abiola Olorunnisola, President, JCI Nigeria; Oluwakemi Irinoye, TOYP Chairperson, JCI Nigeria

GIFTS FOR LIFE When the team at UHY Ross Brooke in Newbury, UK wanted to thank a local vaccination centre for its care, it turned into a truly community experience. Rather than just donating its own gifts to the centre at Newbury Racecourse for the occasion of its 10,000th vaccination, the teammobilised its local clients to help, as Jenny Bowden, client manager, explains: “We had gifted tea, coffee, biscuits and milk to the centre when it launched so when the 10,000th jab milestone came up we wanted to do something bigger. So we emailed local clients who we know enjoy giving to their community – and got a fantastic response.” Chocolates, wine, fizz and balloons poured in, enabling the centre to give staff working that day a 10,000 jab ‘goodie bag’, to thank them for their service. “We were delighted to support this and proud of our community who spent six months ensuring thousands of its most vulnerable people received their vaccinations,” says Jenny. Lead volunteer at Newbury Vaccination Centre, Beverley Sunderland said, “Thanks to these generous donors we were also able to obtain a grant for a final thank you party for our volunteers.”

RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE Helping clients navigate post-pandemic uncertainty is a priority for trusted advisors. UHY’s member firmin the United Arab Emirates, UHY James Chartered Accountants is facing the issue head-on with internal workshops where tools and strategies are devised to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) gain greater resilience. The team is led by Dr Anuraag Guglaani, partner for strategy, transformation, technology and cybersecurity. “Over the past year there has been a shift in the business landscape – as business advisors we can play to our collective strengths to stay committed to our client’s growth. Family businesses do not have the scaling down options adopted by large firms. A strategic advisor and industry expert can walk the extra mile to help clients progress with confidence,” says Anuraag. As well as helping clients the workshops are an opportunity for the firm to supercharge its team spirit. “In our first workshop partners, managers, consultants and executives output their ideas to ensure client needs are at the forefront of everything we do. At the end we handed out awards for best individual and team performances. So as

well as helping our clients, we also develop ourselves as advisors,” says Anuraag. James Mathew, the firm’s managing partner, agrees. “This is a unique service rarely available with other consulting firms – even our largest competitors do not always address SMEs as we do, and we not only create the strategy but also implement it. Our first workshop was a day of coffee, camaraderie, and conversation all adding up to better service delivery and fantastic bonding for our team!”

KEEPING THE FAITH Our August 2020 issue of UHY Global featured triple Paralympic medallist Shelly Woods whose hopes of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics had to be put on hold because of the Covid pandemic. With the Games finally taking place in summer 2021 Shelly – whose 2020/21 Paralympic campaign was sponsored by UHY – had continued to hope for ParalympicsGB to compete in the marathon. Unfortunately this was not to happen, despite Shelly easily achieving the qualifying standard, because of an administrative issue around her International Paralympic Committee

(IPC) licence, the vital piece of paper confirming her eligibility to race. Shelly has a haul of medals in T54 wheelchair racing including silver in the London Paralympics 2012 marathon, silver and bronze in the 1500m and 500m at Beijing in 2008 and winning the London marathon twice. She was feeling more than ready to take on Tokyo but now must set her sights on the future. “I’m disappointed but it’s beyond my control, I gave it my best shot and I’m proud of myself for trying," she says. Shelly joined other athletes in the wheelchair racing community, via conferencing app Zoom, in a virtual marathon on 20 April 2020, the day the Boston Marathon was scheduled to take place Throughout the lockdown and pandemic Shelly stayed focused on her training and where possible continued to race, including wheeling the Boston Marathon on rollers as racers could not compete in person. She also created motivational videos to inspire other wheelchair racers. “My efforts and training in the background have never stopped and I’m determined to continue to compete when I can," says Shelly. "UHY’s support has been unwavering and I’m so grateful to them.” Shelly’s autumn racing schedule includes the Great North Run on 12 September, Berlin marathon 26 September, London marathon 3 October, Boston marathon 11 October and the New York marathon 7 November. She will be cheered along by husband Chris Oxley, who is a partner at UHY Hacker Young’s

Manchester office, and her son Leo. UK Group Chairman Colin Wright says, “We are so proud of everything Shelly has achieved, particularly last year during what must have been a very difficult time when the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics were postponed. Shelly’s positivity and commitment in supporting her fellow athletes and her community were inspirational. “UHY Hacker Young shares Shelly’s disappointment that she was unable to go to Tokyo in 2021 but we continue to support her and follow her progress and racing achievements with keen interest. We hope to make a decision in the autumn about future sponsorship, but in the meantime we continue to support her.”

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