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World's high-flyers touch down in city
Milan, Boston, Adelaide, London ...
Next year Bradford is to be added to the list of glamorous cities around the globe to host an international gathering of high-flying accountants.
Cottingley-based MGI Watson Buckle will be bringing together professionals from 200 firms across 70 countries for the prestigious two-day conference next October.
Those attending the annual event are all part of the international MGI association, which includes accountancy firms spanning the globe.
And countries expected to be represented include Argentina Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, the United States, New Zealand and Singapore.
The itinerary will cover areas such as strategies for the future development of the business and how to network.
MGI Watson Buckle managing partner Chris Padgett said he was very pleased that Bradford would be hosting the conference. "This is an important meeting of international high-flyers with whom we work closely," he said.
"We're delighted we will be playing a major part and we're planning that the delegates will see something of the district's fantastic cultural heritage.
"The conference in Bradford in October 2005 follows previous meetings in Chicago, London, Milan, Boston and Adelaide - so we have a lot to live up to."
MGI works with many clients referred by colleagues in other countries. It provides a full range of accountancy services for the UK subsidiary of a large Dutch company which recycles metal and advises a French textiles firm, a German construction company and an American company with a base in the North of England.
MGI Watson Buckle partner David Warren, who is also President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants, experienced the international dimension of the business recently when he called into an MGI office in Ecuador during a holiday in South America.
He said the event in Bradford would be a great way to promote the district and what it had to offer to some senior business professionals.
And he was confident that the international visitors would find it a valuable experience.
"The UK takes networking as a business tool for granted, but other countries aren't yet so used to it," he said. "This event will be enjoyable and worthwhile and will be tackling subjects that can be understood in another language and by people from many different backgrounds."