RSM International, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, held its annual RSM World Conference in Barcelona from 27-31 October 2014.

The conference welcomed nearly 300 international leaders from RSM member firms around the world to discuss building on the network’s success, industry and professional topics, client service and leadership, as well as providing the chance to celebrate the network’s 50th Anniversary together.

Jean Stephens, Chief Executive Officer of RSM International, said: “This year’s World Conference was a tremendous success. It strengthened bonds across the network while consolidating our strong client focus. Our purpose is to provide a consistent client experience on cross-border business and the conference gives us the opportunity to further develop relationships that enable us to perform at the highest level.”

Jean added: “We are extremely proud of our achievements over the last 50 years and have an exciting future ahead of us full of continued growth, quality and exceptional client service.”

RSM has had a strong 12 months, adding nine new member firms and correspondents during the period, including a new UK member firm with Baker Tilly UK joining in April. The growth follows a successful 2013, which saw 5% like-for-like revenue growth, a 50% increase in outbound network referrals and a 17% increase in inbound referrals.

The theme of the conference - ‘Our future starts today’ - reflected RSM’s focus on developing the network over the coming years. Technical workshops and plenary sessions covered a range of topics including culture and innovation, opportunities in private equity, achieving growth through mergers and acquisitions, and the client service experience where attendees heard the views of four global RSM clients. The conference was chaired by past and present regional leaders for Latin America, Bob Burdett and Brendan Quirk.

There was a keynote speech from renowned British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and business and leadership experts, Guy Browning, and Dr. Javier Bajer, led motivational discussions on communication and leadership performance in the workplace.