RSM Bird Cameron Melbourne on the move to support growth

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xOctober 2, 2013 – Due to continued expansion and market confidence RSM Bird Cameron Melbourne has moved to 55 Collins Street. This move supports the growth of the practice and provides an interactive, collaborative space for staff and clients.

RSM Bird Cameron’s Melbourne office has experienced consistent growth. The team recently welcomed a new partner, Brad Hutchesson, into the business services team. He joined from WHK Crowe Horwath and has more than 20 years’ experience in providing business and tax advice to SMEs and family businesses. This brings the number of Melbourne Partners and Principals to 20 and the total number of employees to over 140.

Robert Miano, Melbourne office Managing Partner, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The move is a reflection of RSM Bird Cameron’s expected future growth in Melbourne. Many other firms might not consider a move like this in the current economy but the Melbourne Partners and Principals see this as the right time to demonstrate confidence in the business to the market. We have a strong, stable team that is preparing for the next growth phase in the economy.”

“The new office provides a platform for the Melbourne practice to continue to grow, ensuring the team has the facilities and the space to provide the best service for clients now and in the future.”

RSM Bird Cameron worked with PTID Environments to improve the connectedness across the office. This will increase opportunities for communication and collaboration for staff and clients. The design is inviting with an interactive layout, new client and internal meeting rooms, quiet spaces and large staff hub.

Zaiga Padoms, Senior Interior Designer, PTIDEnvironments, said, “The new RSM Bird Cameron facilities at 55 Collins Street, on the 20th and 21st floors, have been designed to take advantage of expansive views and natural light.

“The design provides a range of different work modes in its mix of offices, open plan and informal collaborative spaces. A high-quality finish to the reception and front-of-house meeting rooms creates a premium environment for guests and clients. An internal staircase drives connectivity between the two floors, located adjacent to a dynamic staff hub space to build a community within the office environment.  Support spaces such as print rooms have been centralised, with a range of storage provided in both centralised rooms and compactus, and also localised on the floor close to teams.”

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the seventh largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.

Back to basics – meeting etiquette

By Liz Marchant, director, Recognition PR

I spend more hours at work in meetings than out. Many people do – it is a fact of corporate life.

I am really going back to basics with this post, but poor meeting behaviour is one of my pet peeves. With so much time being spent in meetings today no-one can afford to waste time.

So what can make or break a meeting?

Meeting preparation

Firstly, what happens before the meeting is critical:

What’s the meeting agenda or purpose? Does everyone involved clearly know what will be required of them? Are you taking the right people to the meeting?

Once everyone knows the purpose, what preparation is required? For example, brainstorms are generally more effective if the team is briefed on the activity and the requirements and come to the meeting with ideas. That way you’ll spend time discussing ideas and developing them, not being briefed and then trying to think of something on the spot to get the conversation started.

How long is required for the meeting? Book the time required rather than a default time. Many calendars default to 30 or 60 minute meetings – not everything requires that kind of time. Be clear how much time needs to be invested.
Personally I have set my default meeting time to 15 minutes. That way I am forced to think about the time required for each meeting.

When thinking about timing, think about the start time of the meeting. If the meeting is out of the office, have you scheduled travel time to make sure your meeting starts on time? What about return travel time too so your meetings don’t end up running into each other?

Once you’ve thought about the meeting preparation the next thing to consider is what is going to happen in the actual meeting. What are the behaviours needed?

In the meeting

First of all, what is your view on mobile devices?

Having your phone on, and worse, in front of you is one of the latest additions to meetings. You might as well say, “Excuse me, but I have someone more important trying to reach me.”

If there is something urgent that means you need your mobile to respond to an email or take a call, advise the meeting organiser and tell the attendees at the start of the meeting.

During the course of a meeting it’s important to concentrate and stay alert. Be an attentive participant. The easiest way to do this is to be an active listener – make eye contact and acknowledge you are listening, take notes and ask questions. This shows everyone that you care.

Don’t get distracted and change focus. Sometimes meetings go for much longer than they need to, this generally happens when people get distracted. A good meeting is one that gets through the key items on the agenda with pace.
Generally giving people a few minutes to get back to their desks is seen as a positive thing.

After the meeting

It’s great to have meetings but it is important to show attendees the outcomes. I’m personally not a huge fan of meeting minutes. I do however think it’s important to remind people of the keys points discussed and show outcomes. To go back to the example of a brainstorm – what were the ideas you came up with? What’s happening with those? It’s a great way to engage people and get them excited about the next meeting.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to meetings. To make sure the experience is great for everyone involved. When done right – it’s worth it.

 

RSM Bird Cameron prepares to open office in Karratha in response to market demand

RSM_Bird_Cameron_Logo@2xJuly 25, 2012RSM Bird Cameron, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, is preparing to open an office in Karratha, Western Australia, in response to market demand for accountancy and business advisory services in the Pilbara district.

Kim Hutchinson, national chairman, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “RSM Bird Cameron is opening the Karratha office in August to ensure that mining companies and businesses in the Pilbara district have easy access to quality advice.

“RSM Bird Cameron has a long standing association with the North West and the Pilbarra region and sees great opportunities and potential with rapid expansion and continued investment in the region.

“As RSM Bird Cameron celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, it is exciting to see this continued growth. The Karratha office will open as RSM Bird Cameron has operated across so much of Western Australia, with permanent staff based in the town who are part of the local community.”

Hutchinson said, “RSM Bird Cameron’s success means that it can continue to commit to providing accountancy services where needed, including regional Western Australia.”

The Karratha office is expected to commence operations in August. Staff servicing the office include Judy Snell – Director, Keiran Sullivan – Principal and Sandy Hatherly – Director .

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.