Robert Coles, RSM Europe Regional Leader reflects on the recent RSM Europe Regional Conference in Budapest.
I have recently returned from the annual RSM Europe Regional Conference held in Budapest and hosted by our Hungarian member firm, RSM DTM Hungary. Around 168 partners and visitors from other organisations attended the conference, from all corners of Europe (and beyond) including, for the first time, Partners from RSM’s newest member firm in Finland – RSM Audit SUM.
Our focus this year was to Connect. Not simply because this word lies at the heart of RSM’s branding but because the economics of the European region demand it. The European market place is tough; growth is slow, investment is under pressure and our clients are ever more looking to adapt and mould their businesses so they can stay ahead. On the contrary, however, RSM in Europe is strong and our international revenue continues to grow. It is very encouraging that the flow of work between European RSM member firms increased by 18% in Q1 of 2013, compared with the same period of 2012. Most of this increase is from working together with our clients, as they grow and expand their businesses in other countries across the continent. This is an encouraging indicator for business in Europe that we will continue to foster as we work together.
However, RSM conferences are about much more than mulling over the figures. They are about learning, discussing, deciding and supporting each other. They are about tightening our already close network and having some fun in the process. Our hosts, RSM DTM, took care of this and ensured that every delegate – many of whom were in Hungary for the first time - was warmly welcomed and shown great hospitality by their staff and partners.
The Europe conference closes the RSM regional conference season; in the last two months, our member firms have connected with each other in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa. Each conference has its regional variations but at each we see the RSM passion that brings us together on a mission to continue to serve our clients to the very best of our abilities and help support business growth around the globe.