Candidates for the award had to demonstrate the execution of profitable growth strategies, be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services and have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.
2018 has been quite a year for Russell Bedford International, with successes that include 12% growth globally, having executed a network development strategy that resulted in 38% growth in the Middle East and 24% in Africa. The network also saw a 35% increase in referrals between member firms, experienced record-breaking attendance at conferences, and launched a re-brand with refreshed website. Additionally, an enhanced social media presence with video content helped boost the network’s profile. Members have also been receiving additional resources from new initiatives and a recent client survey highlighted fabulous feedback.
Speaking about the nomination, Russell Bedford CEO, Stephen Hamlet, said: "I could not be prouder of the progress that has been made within the Russell Bedford network over the past year. It is fantastic to gain recognition and be acknowledged for our achievements through this nomination. I am consistently blown away by the enthusiasm of the people around me who so eagerly work towards the improvement of their firms and the development of our ever expanding network. It is a truly special environment to work in."
He added: "To be a finalist for this award is a credit to the hard work of my outstanding team and the wonderful member firms who make our network what it is. It is an absolute honour to be listed as one of just three international organisations in this category and to be nominated among such esteemed networks. It really is the cherry on top of what has already been a superb year."