Francois van Heerden, Business Development visit to UHY London
Our Business Development & Client Relations Manager, Francois van Heerden, recently visited the UHY Executive Office and UHY Hacker Young Office in London to gain some valuable international experience.
Working with an exceptionally energetic & progressive team of committed professionals is an honour and real privilege. This not only applies to UHY FDW, but the wider UHY International network.
This was of the one of the many reasons I wanted to join the UHY FDW team, and visit other offices within our Global network.
I have just returned from my visits to the UHY Executive Office and UHY Hacker Young Office in London. Having recently joined UHY FDW, I wanted to learn more about the UHY network and how the International offices operate as a team.
Also having moved to Ireland from South Africa in June, it was a great opportunity for myself and my family to have a short break and explore London.
UHY FDW has been a member of the UHY International network since 2008. UHY, who celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016, is a network of independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in over 325 major business centres across more than 95 countries and is currently ranked 16th among the largest international audit, accounting, tax and consultancy networks by fee income (source: International Accounting Bulletin, January 2017).
As UHY FDW has been the Irish member of the UHY network for almost 10 years, it is clear the UHY values run deep within the firm.
Working together well is something that differentiates UHY from other networks. Coupled with a strong line on quality and meeting international standards, member firms create the UHY brand experience – a high quality service wherever clients need to operate.
Our work as a network has never been more important as we deal with the effects of Brexit. There is a huge amount of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and as a network we are advising our clients, and anyone else who asks us, that they should actively take whatever initial steps they can now to minimise any potential disruption to their businesses.
During my meeting with Dominique Maeremans, the Marketing & Business Development Manager for UHY International. We discussed Business Development trends in UHY International & UHY Farrelly Dawe White, including, utilizing technology within BD Departments, Cross border client engagement opportunities; as well as quality delivery and UHY Branding.
I also met Rhys Madoc, Executive Director of UHY International. We discussed BD in the Global network and our (being UHY International, Global network) aim to ensure a close working relationship between all member firms within the Global network.
This week I was back in London visiting the UHY Hacker Young London Office for a workshop on Business Development & Marketing. I met up with Zoe Paradine and Georgina Daly from UHY Hacker Young, UK offices in our Global network. We discussed our BD Vision & Strategic Plan, BD Tools & Software, Client Relations and creating an “Excellent Experience” for clients and staff. Exciting new networking avenues were also on the agenda.
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UHY is a network of independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in over 325 major business centres across more than 95 countries. Our services and teams are tailored to suit the culture of each client including publicly listed corporations, large and medium-sized companies, privately owned businesses, not-for-profit and public organisations.
The following data was reported for our network as of January 2017:
Total staff: 7,852
UHY is currently ranked 16th among the largest international audit, accounting, tax and consultancy networks by fee income (source: International Accounting Bulletin, January 2017).