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Introduction from Paul Winder

6th October 2015

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Life is never dull at MGI. Over the last quarter my focus has been on the fast approaching AGM and to that end this newswire contains some useful forethought to help you get the most from the experience.....if you are attending! With nearly 140 delegates and approaching 50 accompanying persons booked already we will have MGI representation from all around the world. But we still have room for more and late bookings can still be made. If you are planning anything for your firm by way of a delegate gift or marketing collateral you need to get on with it with only three weeks to go. All firms will get the opportunity to introduce a speaker or other aspect of the conference and I will be contacting you all in this regard. If you haven't submitted your firm's entry for the AGM Brochure then please do so, even if it’s just your logo and basic details.

A less pleasant aspect of the last quarter was the mass exodus of members… well that's what it felt like to me. With HB&O and Rowleys leaving as network fallout and CBW believing the referral grass is greener elsewhere. However, it’s a small world and I'm sure our paths will cross again so good luck to them. We now have new opportunities for members particularly in the Midlands so don't be shy of introducing me to any worthy candidates you know of.

With a vibrant tax forum and SWAT training session in the last month it was great to see MGI working well. We still have the audit forum and managing partner gathering to come in the autumn. Minutes of the last MGI UK & I board meeting have also been circulated which saw Stephen Yeates welcomed to the board and Roger Isaacs elected as our International Committee member.

Thank you for your feedback on Mercia. With seven firms still using some or most of what we subscribe to I will renew our subscription. Mercia are, however, becoming very expensive for the reduced value we get from them so this may well be the last year.

Five firms have now issued their clients and targets with our survey so if you haven't made progress yet please try and help us get more valuable client feedback. I would also like to mention that Wolters Kluwer have agreed a 30% discount on new software licenses for MGI members although rumour has it that even larger discounts may be possible.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Paul Winder