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Talent, Entertainment and Honouring Excellence… AFA Group Hosts Annual Celebration

The AFA Group, including Manchester-based Clear Start Accountants, has hosted its annual end-of-year celebration at The Light Cinema in Stockport with a wealth of entertainment, talent and esteemed accolades to recognise outstanding work within the organisation.

The festivities commenced with the AFA Group’s spin on classic game shows such as Jeopardy and Deal or No Deal.

AFA Does Jeopardy featured general knowledge questions spanning categories such as Art, History, Entertainment, Science, Sports, and Geography; participants engaged in friendly competition, earning raffle tickets for each correct answer. Gill Brooks, New Business Representative at Clear Start, emerged as the winner earning the coveted chance to play Deal or No Deal and the opportunity to win £250. Despite playing a commendable game as she eliminated each box, Gill walked away with a respectable £120.

Following the suspenseful games, eight individuals took to the stage in the AFA Group’s Got Talent, where they battled to secure the grand prize of £1000 or the Golden Buzzer prize – a holiday for two in Rome. From impressive musical performances to a daring recreation of The Full Monty, the contestants showcased a plethora of talent. After intense rounds of competition, the final three contestants emerged, all of whom showcased their vocal prowess. Geralt and Nicole secured the top spots, winning the cash prize and the coveted getaway.

To conclude the evening, prestigious awards were bestowed on individuals who have made remarkable contributions throughout the year. Among the deserving winners were:

·         Manager of the Year: Jan Copeland

·         Customer Service Agent of the Year: Soma Surai

·         Team Leader of the Year (Clear Start Accountants): Shaz Ahmed

·         New Business Agent of the Year: Mike Kennerk

·         Newcomer of the Year: Fezan Bhatti

·         Team Leader of the Year (AFA Insolvency): Kerry Summerfield

·         Employee of the Year: Faisal Abdirahman

Fiaz Ashraf, Founder and CEO of the AFA Group, including Clear Start Accountants, commented: “The dedication and outstanding achievements of our team members have been instrumental in the success of the AFA Group this year. I would like to extend my congratulations to those who won awards tonight, as well as the lucky participants of our talent and game shows.

“The event not only celebrated the accomplishments of the group but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and excitement among employees.”

With an employee base of over 150 people, and operating from its state of the art, contemporary headquarters in Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Manchester, as well as from its offices in Stockport and Canada, Clear Start Accountants offers general accountancy services for sole traders and smaller firms, such as HMRC returns as well as its pioneering, tech-enabled, personal budgeting service for both business and private individuals.

Clear Start has helped countless consumers and small businesses in reducing their living costs, with the assistance of their bespoke client software Clear Start Personal Budgeting App.

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