HLB, the global advisory and accounting network, has been selected as one of the finalists in the category of 'Network of the Year' at this year's Digital Accountancy Awards, to be held in London on October 3.

To be considered for this award, nominees had to demonstrate the execution of profitable growth strategies, be recognized by the industry as a reputable brand and have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas.

The last 12 months has seen HLB growth by 15% - cementing its position as one of the fastest growing top 15 networks - and breaking its former record in terms of annual global combined turnover, which is now at US$ 2.73bn. Additional contributors to the network's successful year included an increase in referrals, strategic focus on diversifying our service offerings, and the launch of our new brand and website.

Commenting on the nomination, Marco Donzelli, HLB's Chief Executive Officer, said: "Over the past 12 months we took many transformational steps towards the future, so for HLB to be recognized in this way and acknowledged by the profession is a great achievement.

"At HLB, we have taken a deliberate focus on the strategic development of the network's capabilities. However, we could not have accomplished all that we have done without the fantastic commitment from our firms to constantly improve and take that journey with us. This nomination demonstrates how we have all come together under our shared values to ensure that we continue to be the network known for challenging the status quo and creating value for our clients."

About HLB

HLB International is a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers. Formed in 1969, we service clients through our member firms in 153 countries, with 27,485 partners and staff in 745 offices worldwide. We are ranked 12th globally with many of our member firms ranked among the top 10 nationally.