The colloquially named BKR “BIG” meeting took place once again at Blick Rothenberg’s offices in London, on Friday 18 March.
All member firms of this group were able to attend this year, and therefore comprised of delegates from Blick Rothenberg (London), Cassons (Manchester), Harbinson Mulholland (Belfast), Lince Salisbury (Guernsey), and Ormsby & Rhodes (Dublin).
Unintentionally having booked the meeting the day after St. Patrick’s Day, and the day before the ‘Ireland vs England’ rugby match, being held in Dublin, we must say a special thank you to Geoffrey Lewis for his efforts in travelling over to London to attend the meeting.
As well as myself, Stephen Hamlet, the meeting was additionally attended by David Barzilay, who in fact commenced proceedings by providing an invaluable update on BKR’s PR activities.
Bob Rothenberg (London) discussed the interesting topic of the Liechtenstein disclosure facility, followed by Darren McDowell (Belfast) introducing the current debate on Northern Ireland Corporation tax and the proposed equalisation with the Republic of Ireland.
Ashley Hayman (Manchester) later initiated discussion on iXBRL and clarified ISAs, and the cost implications involved in implementation, in addition to the internal matter of our region’s Statistical analysis survey.
After a delicious finger buffet, courtesy of Blick Rothenberg, the afternoon continued with each member firm presenting a review of the past 12 months, resulting in further open discussions.
The day was deemed to have been of great value to all, providing the opportunity to discuss experiences amongst practitioners and how they were coping in recent times as the economy tries to recover. Practice development ideas, including staffing issues, current service offerings and marketing initiatives, proved to be most useful.
Delegates from the BIG firms walked away with a number of interesting thoughts to pursue for their individual practices. Thanks again to Bob Rothenberg for his firm’s hospitality and for the continuous refreshments throughout the day.