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A quality network of international colleagues is solid gold. With the complexity of local legislation and regulations that are continually subject to change, it makes sense to link our clients to the right ‘foreign office’. Local offices are fully aware of the culture and business conventions in the relevant country. We do not need to have all knowledge and expertise available internally to be able to provide quality services.
Bol International is part of the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA). It gives us the opportunity of close collaboration with hundreds of international accountants and tax consultants that focus on business - just like us. Our memberships have a dual goal:
On the one hand, contact with international colleagues widens and deepens our professional scope. The exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise during meetings is often inspiring regarding our professional scope.On the other hand, the members help each other regarding cross-border activities of clients. Who you know is in such cases just as important as what you know. To our international colleagues, we are the business relation that knows the way in the Netherlands. To us and to our Dutch clients, they are the local contacts in other countries that we can involve.
By meeting the other members in international meetings a few times per year, out foreign colleagues are more than a face and a name. We know what we can ask from which office and which person. In the rare event where we have no local partner in a certain country, we can generally find the right, reliable connection by making a single telephone call to our partners in one of the neighbouring countries. Bol International is committed to linking you only to foreign offices that we know personally.
Leading Edge Alliance Global was established in 1999 and is currently the runner-up worldwide association in its field, with 190 independent accountancy and consultancy offices, focusing, among other things, on business advice. 17 of these offices are part of the US Top 100 firms. The organisation has 586 members in 102 countries, employing a total of 2,056 partners and 23,090 professionals. Frans Tijssen of Bol International is a member of the global Board (www.leadingedgealliance.com).
Our membership of Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) is a key portal to colleagues in the world to us. The fact alone that we know hundreds of professionals of the leading accountancy firms personally benefits our clients. This helps shape and realise our own international ambitions.
LEA organises meetings for its members about five times per year, as a platform to get to know our foreign colleagues personally. If we are looking for an accountant or consultant on a different continent for a customer, it is relatively easy to find a match through our personal mediation.
Additionally, there are some 40 specialist groups in which field specialists can meet, inspiring each other in tax, marketing or corporate finance issues, for example. If we have specific questions regarding a specialist issue, a quick e-mail exchange will lead us to the answer. Bol International’s Toine Geesink is the Chairman of the Special Interest Group International Tax.
LEA provides a ‘global staff exchange program’ to talented young employees, an opportunity to gain international work experience in a different country.
Within LEA, each member contributes knowledge from his/her own cultural and commercial background. This often provides surprising ideas and perspectives; after all, China, Poland and Brazil have very different working methods. That is what makes international business so interesting: think global, act local.
Is your own consultant not associated with the LEA? That's no problem at all. We will find a way of working with your business relations which works for all of us.
Case Study about cooperation between members of the Leading Edge Alliance.