By Pierre Briand, Managing Director, Equiteq Australia and New Zealand
This year’s Financial Review Client Choice Awards proved that the Australian and New Zealand professional services sector is going from strength to strength. At a glittering award ceremony held in Melbourne last night, professional services firms and practitioners were rewarded for the excellent quality and service they provide to their clients.
Professional services firm winners included GTA Consultants, a transport focused consultancy, mid-tier accounting firm HLB Mann Judd and international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. Edwin Patterson from the IP practice, Philipps Ormonde Fitzpatrick, won the overall practitioner award. A full list of winners can be found here.
The finalists and winners of these awards are chosen entirely by clients. Over several months, independent researcher beaton, conducted research amongst professional services firm’s clients. The clients rated their advisors on performance in delivering services using a range of criteria including quality, value for money, price, and innovation.
Innovation in Professional Services was the theme of the conference in the afternoon, organized by beaton and the Victoria State Government. There were fascinating panel discussions and case study success stories covering a range of innovation topics including:
- Innovation initiatives such as a 3D printed bridge and new forms of video/app based contracts
- The challenge of inventing new pricing and business models
- Investing in the knowledge economy
The participants all agreed on a key word to associate with Innovation: collaboration.
You can see the 10 key take-outs from the conference here.
As a leading M&A and Strategic Advisory firm focused on the business services sector, Equiteq were delighted to be a key sponsor of the awards. I was personally thrilled to meet the finalists at the award ceremony and have the chance to congratulate the teams that represent the best of their sector.
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