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2018 MGI European Annual Meeting takes place in France at the Château-Des-Prés d'Écoublay

10th July 2018

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European Coordinators welcomed fellow MGI Worldwide and Mint Alliance members to the 2018 MGI European Region Meeting which took place on 7-9 June near Paris, France. 

Another great Chateauxform venue

The first "Chateauxform" type of European Meeting was held in 2015. It was a unique event. The Open Space format allowed members to join a series of discussions based on topics of their choice and the meeting was considered a great success. 

This year, it was decided to recreate a similar type of event –  a mixture of knowledge-sharing and open discussions in the same relaxed French atmosphere.

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The conference attracted accounting group members from 26 countries globally and offered the opportunity for delegates to be introduced to new MGI Europe members Dva Dukata doo from Belgrade, Serbia and Benko Kotruljic from Zagreb Croatia.

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Varied agenda 

Guest speaker Marc Decorte, from InnoWings, shared his experience on navigating businessesin an unpredictable world by leveraging digital technologies,whilst Ian Golding, from Customer Experience Consultancy Ltd., provided a thorough overview of Client Experience and how best to run a client-centric organization. In addition to ths, there was opportunity to review the mindset of start-ups and what is in it for MGI Worldwide firms.

The agenda was also designed to allowed members to discuss topics of their choice.  

Members discussed two essential initiatives at the conference:

1. New Business Collaboration

Simon Rowe, Menashe Knobel and Francesco Bartolucci presented the status of the new business collaboration project among 7 firms from Europe and the UK. During the Q&A session, the team received feedback from the participants on how to motivate more members to join the project. 

2. The Future of engagement within the European Area

Erik Emilsson and Morten Ryberg talked about their vision of future meetings in Europe. 

News updates

Clive Bennett, CEO of MGI Worldwide, gave a global update on quality assurance and introduced new MGI Worldwide colleague Emma Rowley who will be working closely with marketing director Maxine Brock on a new initiative to help firms maximise the value of their MGI membership.

Laszlo Szalay, CEO of Paragraf Tax Advisory and Accountancy Office, shared the ten-year history of the firm and pictures from the celebration party.

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Open space discussion

We finished the conference by using the Open Space method to allow members to re-group and discuss topics of their choice. Members discussed the following topics:

HR Recruitment / Retention and motivation
MGI Brand Awareness
Artificial Intelligence
Business collaboration among members
Family Business
The future of MGI Europe Meetings
Winning family office business

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Participants ended both days with vivid discussions at dinner. As before, Chateauform served delicious meals,excellent wines,and more importantly French Champagne.

Que vive la French cuisine!

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MGI Worldwide members can see the full meeting highlights along with the conference agenda, full delegate list and presentation downloads in the online Member Area in the Meeting highlights section. Click HERE to login.

For more information, please contact regional director Zoltan Paksy: zoltan.paksy@mgiworld.com.

MGI Europe is part of MGI Worldwide, a top 20 ranked global accounting network with some 5,000 independent auditors, accountants and tax experts in over 260locations around the world.

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