International networking with DFK

Published on February 20, 2020 by Jonathan Brownson

RPG is a member of DFK International, one of the leading global associations of independent accounting, tax, legal and business advisory firms. Through our membership of DFK, both our clients and our staff get to access a pool of international knowledge and contacts.

We are able to tap into this international networking community to help our UK-based clients expand into countries such as Ireland and further afield, and we also use the DFK network to hone our skills closer to home.

In early February, Jonathan Brownson, Ryan Witter, Helen Rutter and Sam Lord represented RPG at the annual DFK EMEA Conference in Madrid, Spain, along with 180 others from across DFK in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Cross-border opportunities and a Young Professionals conference

For Jonathan, the Partners conference focused on cross border tax, business and trading opportunities in Spain, networking with DFK partners and experiencing the beauty of Madrid.

Ryan (tax manager), Helen (audit and advisory manager) and Sam (cloud accounting guru) had the opportunity to meet their peers at the Young Professionals conference.

The two-day conference saw them profiled to identify the type of communicators they are and how they interact with others in order to achieve the most efficient and successful outcomes. Who knew we had a lion, an elephant and a monkey in the team?!

The trio then had to work in teams to prepare and present a new business pitch to four senior partners of DFK firms – enough to scare the most confident of speakers – with the added bonus of only half an hour’s notice.

Delegates enjoy unusual Spanish dressage show

Although there was plenty of opportunity for international networking, some of this was done in a less formal setting.

On the last night, all delegates visited a traditional Spanish horse ranch to watch a dressage show. While you may think this would not have universal appeal, it was very much enjoyed by everyone who attended – although the local refreshments may have helped a little too!

Sam was impressed with the skills on display, commenting: “The rider got the horse to lie down with him still on its back and then stand back up. I can’t even get my dog to lie down!”

The Young Professionals conference concluded with a session on business development and the importance of client needs and trust, something which RPG already hold dear and strive to incorporate in all client relationships.

Our delegates learned that big words, strap lines and technical jargon, no matter how impressive, are a turn-off for clients. As professional advisors, listening to our clients and developing a personal yet professional relationship is key!

How often do we ask our clients: “How is business going? What do you need? How can we help you/ the business further?”

To be the trusted advisor to our clients we must avoid complacency in thinking the answer to this can ever be “often enough”.

So, the team returned to Manchester into the teeth of Storm Ciara armed with new and renewed contacts, and with improved knowledge and skills to provide a better service to our clients and colleagues. It looks like the only loser could be Sam’s dog!

We have received an excellent service from the team at RPG for well over 20 years. We particularly appreciate RPG's real interest in our company and suggestions for improvements. The service RPG provides goes well beyond what we could expect.  The attention to detail and the prompt, professional service the team provides means that we are reassured that should we require urgent or unusual advice, the team will provide it. We would have no hesitation in recommending RPG.

Margaret Peasegood

Executive Chairman - SheffProp

I would like to thank RPG for your unbelievable help, assistance and friendship for over 40 years. Nothing has ever been too much trouble. Words alone are insufficient, and I think that the same would apply to my former colleagues and my family who have also come to rely on your advice and guidance.

Neville Johnson

Founder - Neville Johnson Offices

We have worked with RPG for many years, for good reason. They are not only extremely knowledge but they really take the time to get to know you as customers and also as people. This really makes a difference, as whilst it is of course important that you receive great service, which we do, it’s also essential to work with professionals who you can really trust and who go out of their way to know your business as well as you do, giving ultimate comfort that you are all striving towards the same goals. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Jennie Johnson MBE

Kids Allowed

“RPG have always been our first point of call for advice on accounting, tax and financial regulatory matters and indeed have become an additional sounding board for both myself and my colleagues on strategic matters. The consistently high quality and timely advice they provide is very important to us.”

Gareth Rowe

Chief Financial Officer - ProofID

“As a family business we have been using Royce Peeling Green as our accountants for over 25 years. We have always been impressed with their expertise and depth of knowledge in all financial areas required to help run our business. There is an obvious understanding and trust between the two companies which leads to proactive approach to guide us with short and long-term financial planning. We have found everyone at Royce Peeling Green to be very approachable providing us with the reassurance that they will always provide a professional response in a timely manner.”

David Harrabin

Managing Director - Manchester Slate Ltd

RPG have now acted for our various companies for over 15 years. Their advice and commercial attitude in dealing with Tax, Audit and general businesses matters has always been of high quality and queries dealt with promptly. The team at RPG are experts in their field, they understand the SME market place well. They have been involved in all our corporate transactions, from setting up of businesses, ongoing support of our management teams through to being part of the team that negotiated the successful sale of a group company.

Jonathan Hamburger

Genesis Group International

We have received a first rate service from RPG over many years. We appreciate their attention to detail and the timely, professional and pro-active advice they provide. We would have no hesitation in recommending the team at RPG.

Stephen Rector

Managing Director – Ribble Packaging Limited