Goldblatt McGuigan Partners Jackie Smith and Lyn Hagan recently attended TIAG’s 24th international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference, which took place on May 4-6, 2015, provided TIAG® members with the opportunity to strengthen the relationships they create within the alliance of more than 115 accounting firms from around the world. Also in attendance at the conference were members of TIAG’s affiliate alliances, TAGLaw® and TAG-SP™. All three alliances are collectively known as the TAG Alliances™.
In addition to various networking opportunities and group breakout sessions, TIAG members attended a variety of informative and educational sessions aimed at firm and practice development. Lyn Hagan, head of Taxation Services at Goldblatt McGuigan, represented Northern Ireland on the panel for the “Doing Business in United Kingdom” session which also had representation from other parts of the UK as well as the Republic of Ireland. Other sessions and speakers at the conference included:
“The Future of Europe” - Rt Hon Lord Norman Lamont, Former Chancellor of the UK Exchequer;
“The Modern Partner: Not Like it Said in the Brochure” - Mark Brandon, Motive Legal Consulting;
“The Road Ahead: Anticipated Changes in the Energy Industry” - Moderator: Andrew Reid, Douglas-Westwood;
“Pricing in Professional Service Firms: An Essential Skill” - Richard Burcher, Validatum;
“Paths to Growth for Accounting Firms” - Howard Wilkinson, TIAG Advisory Board Member and Former Senior Partner of Mercer & Hole (London, England - TIAG); and
Various “Specialty Group” breakout sessions.
Jackie Smith, head of Goldblatt McGuigan’s Audit & Business Advisory Services, highlighted the benefits of attending the International TAG Alliances Conference:
“The Conference was exceptionally well organised and attended, with representation from virtually all corners of the globe. We found it very beneficial having the opportunity to engage with professionals from accountancy firms and legal firms from many regions that Northern Ireland businesses are operating in or are considering for export markets and operations. We look forward to developing these relationships further and being able to direct our clients to credible sources of advice and expertise in these regions”.
About TIAG and The TAG Alliances
The TAG Alliances comprise three groups: TIAG (The International Accounting Group), TAGLaw and TAG-SP. TIAG is an international alliance of high quality, independent accounting firms. TAGLaw is a similar alliance of independent law firms, and TAG-SP is a complementary association of strategic business partners. Collectively, the TAG Alliances provide accounting, legal, financial and business support services on a worldwide scale. With approximately 15,500 professionals in 280 member firms, and 580 offices in over 100 countries, The TAG Alliances serve tens of thousands of clients from all industry and commercial sectors. For more information. visit www.TIAGnet.com.