The Britain, Ireland (Northern and the Republic) and Guernsey group met for their annual meeting at Blick Rothenberg’s premises in Covent Garden, London, on Friday 7 March.
All member firms from the group were in attendance, and hence comprised of delegates from Blick Rothenberg (London), Cassons (Manchester), Harbinson Mulholland (Belfast), Lince Salisbury (Guernsey), Ormsby & Rhodes (Dublin) and UNW (Newcastle).
The EMEA region’s Executive Director, Stephen Hamlet chaired the event, welcoming all to London and providing an update on recent BKR activity. The meeting commenced with the traditional “round table discussions”, with each firm presenting an update on the last 12 months, covering recent trends in their local economy and developments at their individual practices, including discussing their practice’s use of social media.
Discussions kept flowing up to lunch, where conversations continued over a fabulous buffet.
Simon Wagman (London) then introduced the topic of FRS 102, asking firms for input as to its implementation.
This was followed by a discussion surrounding the new rules on the taxation of LLPs and Partnerships.
Subsequently, delegates discussed Staff Retention and remuneration and the various issues based around partnerships and motivation of staff.
Les Nutter (Manchester) finished proceedings with a talk regarding HMRC consultation document on “Tackling marketed tax avoidance” and the potential impact of the Revenue’s proposal should they become law.
The meeting was received very well by all who attended, having enjoyed another opportunity to discuss development issues within their respective firms, share common interests, latest service offerings, initiatives and experiences in recent practice matters.
BKR is grateful to Blick Rothenberg for continuing to host these meetings and for their hospitality throughout the day.