We hope you have enjoyed reading the winter issue of Financial Times. I would like to take this opportunity to share several updates from the HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association and HLB global community.

Firstly, we are proud to announce that HLB has moved into a top ten position in the International Accounting Bulletin’s Global ranking. HLB Mann Judd has been a member of the HLB International network since 1988. The global network has experienced significant growth in recent years, particularly in the US, South America and Asia.

Today, HLB International has a presence in 156 countries and 40,831 people across 1,128 offices around the world. HLB firms maintain high-quality standards to promote trust and confidence among our clients.

Recently, HLB became a “Most Loved Workplace®” backed by the research and analysis of Best Practice Institute (BPI) in the USA. Staff feedback from firms in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji contributed to the certification. BPI focuses on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment including the level of respect, collaboration, support, and sense of belonging staff feel inside a company.

HLB Mann Judd was also a finalist in the “Best Accounting & Consulting Services Firm ($100 – $200 million revenue)” award at the 2023 Client Choice Awards. Many of our clients are aware we have a long track record of success at these awards. Since 2012, we have taken home 16 Client Choice Awards in several different award categories. The client experience continues to be a priority for us and I am proud to work with a team of people who genuinely care about their clients and always seek new ways to improve.

Lastly, we have several made several changes within the HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association Executive Committee. Melbourne business advisory services partner, Chris Simpson, has been appointed as deputy chair, and Sydney audit and assurance partner, Mark Muller, is now a member of the committee. Managing partner of the Adelaide firm, James Hooper, has stepped down as deputy chair of the committee but remains as a member.

Long-serving Neil Wickenden has also stepped down from the committee. The HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association wishes to commend and thank Mr Wickenden for his many years of leadership and guidance.

Until next time…