Tuesday 22 December 2009

Top business brains share recession-busting insights

The recession-busting insights of three top business brains were revealed to an audience of West Midlands’ professional accountants at a seminar presented by ACCA (the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Birmingham.

The event was hosted by Glyn Morris, president of ACCA’s West Midlands Regional Network and finance director of Higgs & Sons Solicitors, and was inspired by a quote from American thinker, George Wood Bacon:

“Fortunes are not made in boom times . . . Fortunes are made in depressions or lean times when the wise man overhauls his mind, his methods, his resources, and gets in training for the race to come.”

Sharing their experiences and thoughts on surviving the current economic climate were Stephen Hughes, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, independent consultant and former group finance director Raj Gandhi, and ACCA President Brendan Murtagh.

The trio was introduced and interviewed by motivational business speaker and best-selling author Jeff Grout, enabling the audience to discover their personal insights on a number of time-critical and relevant business issues.

Glyn Morris said: “The event audience was drawn from across the West Midlands, and included accountants from all stages in their careers. I am sure everyone gained valuable information that they can take back into their working lives.”

An audio recording of the evening will be made available on the ACCA website - uk.accaglobal.com – which also carries information on membership and other association events.

ACCA is a global accountancy body, supporting 362,000 students and 131,500 members through a network of 57 global partnerships all focused on helping accountants add value.

The association aims to promote the highest professional and ethical standards, advocating sound business practices and sustainable development.

Event co-host, Higgs & Sons, is one of the West Midlands’ largest law firms, providing a full range of legal services. The company recently announced it is to move its 170-strong team to £1.5m prestigious new offices on the Waterfront in Brierley Hill.

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