nspire Director, Chris Downing has been 'On the Road' again travelling to the States to attend the annual IR Global conference.
Following on from last year’s visit to China, during May, I visited San Francisco for the annual 'On the Road' conference held by our international network, IR Global.
The IR Global network puts accountants and lawyers together from different parts of the world, ensuring that available expertise are accessible to us all if, and when, our clients need help trading, expanding or have any generic overseas legal issues.
Being based in America, there were many representatives from both North and South America, as well as attendees from Europe, Asia and Africa.
At the conference, there was a mixture of sessions from speaker led and round table discussions covering topics such as technology, leadership and innovation to explanations on how different countries laws and cultures affect business practices.
Some of the speaker led sessions included presentations from:
- The former Marketing director of Men’s Warehouse (a national US Chain)
- A discussion on Cyber Crime and risks from a leading expert from nearby Silicon Valley – scary!!
Discussions at the round table events focused on business development and how different countries could provide opportunities for others. I have arranged follow up calls with some of the attendees to see if how we can work together for the benefit of our clients on this.
There was also the traditional informal networking where myself, and the other delegates were able to see some of the city, notably the famous Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.