Bengaluru plays host to the 2017 Asia regional meeting
Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) home to member firm Tambakad & Goil, hosted the 2017 meeting at the palatial Leela Palace. The hotel is supposedly a replica of the famous Mysore palace in Karnataka.
Attended by 27 people from 15 MGI Asia member firms, including members from as far as Milan, Italy and representatives from Mackrell International firm in Bangalore, this meeting provided an avenue for members to catch up with old friends and to make new ones.
Day one, Friday 4 August 2017
The meeting started at 9am with the usual welcomes and introductions. Two India firms Kamdar Desai & Patel and M. R. Narain & Co. had the privilege of introducing their firm.
Other presentations on Day 1
- An introduction to Mackrell International (MI), which led to an impromptu discussion on how MI & MGI Worldwide can collaborate for joint work
- MGI De Leone-Triunfo-Galloni on how membership with MGI and their partnership with Invest Lombardy have helped them grow their practice.
A panel session on “diversification from traditional audit services” proved to be provocative with a variety of views. It was clear that in developing countries there is still a demand for compliance work, whereas in other places audit is no longer lucrative.
A “cake cutting” ceremony to celebrate MGI’s 70th birthday ended the morning.
The afternoon started with a pre-recorded update on marketing by MGI Worldwide Marketing Director Maxine Brock, followed by MGI Worldwide presentation which covered brand value, the quality assurance process, how to get more out of membership and finally the membership enhancement project.
The traditional dinner and socializing was held at the rooftop of the Big Pitcher. A sumptuous buffet spread was laid out for all to enjoy while downing craft beer and cocktails.
Day two, Saturday 5 August 2017
Taking into account the celebration the night before Day 2 started at 9.30am with Imran Assan bringing members up to date on the International Committee. The membership survey results were shared with all members followed by a break out session on 4 areas emphasised during the survey.
- Promotion of MGI Worldwide amongst the staff of members
- Promotion of MGI Worldwide amongst clients of members
- How MGI Worldwide membership can help with firm growth
- How to make the most of the MGI Worldwide brand
This roundtable format provided plenty of opportunity for delegates, new and old, to collaborate and talk together. Many ideas and suggestions were put forth that form a basis for some tangible action items for the Area.
Prior to the final thank you’s and gift giving, MGI Asia financials and administration was discussed.
Date: 4-5 August 2017
Venue: Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore
Host: Tambakad & Goil
Delegates: 27 Delegates
Kamdar Desai Patel presentation
M.R. Narain & Co. presentation
Mackrell International presentation
MGI De Leone-Triunfo-Galloni presentation
MGI marketing video presentation
MGI Worldwide presentation
MGI Asia survey findings
Photographs from the meeting
MGI Asia is part of MGI Worldwide, a top 20 ranked global accounting network with some 5,000 independent auditors, accountants and tax experts in over 260 locations around the world.