A leading accountancy and business advisors association – which includes Leeds-based Brown Butler – has hit two major landmarks.
DFK UK and Ireland, which was founded 15 years ago, now has 17 member firms across 31 offices stretching from Devon to Scotland and from Norfolk to Wales, as well as Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
Membership allows firms to have expertise spread across the country and through its umbrella organisation DFK International, has associate firms in more than 80 nations.
DFK UK and Ireland has just held its largest ever conference and announced that member firms have hit the combined fee milestone of £75 million.
Membership has also generated more than £100,000 in fee income for DFK UK and Ireland firms for the first time.
James White of Brown Butler – a six partner firm based in St Pauls Street – said its membership was key in an expanding market.
“We are operating in an increasingly global world and we have clients who operate right across the UK and internationally,” he said.
“The placing of exports as a central pillar to recovery by the Government, also means we have clients considering working abroad who have never done so before.
“As a result they rightly expect us to have a similar reach and also to have expertise in those different markets.
“National and international spread and expertise are also a powerful marketing tool when trying to win new business.
“That would be almost impossible without membership to a wider group, which is what DFK brings us.
“Eight new member firms have been brought into the association in the last five years and we aim add a couple of new members in next few years to add to our geographical spread.”
The conference, held in Manchester, included sessions on social media, marketing, public relations, DFK International, capital allowances and cloud computing.
Nationally renowned financial expert and economics commentator Justin Urquhart Stewart was the keynote speaker.
White added: “These are tough times for business and volatile days for the world economy – as we heard from Justin.
“Clients need to know that they have access to the highest quality advice in all markets in which they operate and DFK allows us to offer that right across the globe.