On Thursday 1 October, #BDO was announced as the winner of the prestigious Network of the Year #award at the International Accounting Bulletin (IAB) Awards 2015. The annual IAB Awards celebrate excellence in the accounting profession and bring together some of the most prominent people in the industry. BDO was up against strong competition, including PWC and KPMG, shortlisted in the same category. Network of the Year is awarded to networks that have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies during the past 12 months, and have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas. They are also recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The continuing development of our network is a defining and vital element of our strategy and in the past year BDO’s global performance continued to surpass that of the world economy. In 2014 we achieved an 8.81% increase in combined worldwide revenues, crossing the US$7 billion mark for the first time and increasing our geographical reach with the addition of firms from 8 countries. With the expansion of our global footprint we can provide exceptional levels of service more consistently across the world and our vision, to be the leader for exceptional client service, is reflected in our clients’ loyalty and trust. Numerous BDO firms are consistently achieving exceptional results in national and global client surveys, and a large number have won client satisfaction awards that acknowledge their dedicated professionalism. BDO CEO, Martin van Roekel, expressed his delight on BDO’s impressive performance. “Today I am very proud to witness this recognition of excellent standards throughout our network. This award is a great achievement for our firms and for our people. It further solidifies the fact that quality, expertise and dedication are core elements in the delivery of exceptional client service and remain at the heart of our service agenda. “I am more convinced than ever that BDO is among the very best global networks in our profession. Winning recognition as Network of the Year is further evidence of the attractiveness of BDO to new member firms and helps explain why so many firms are discussing the merits of joining our network with us.