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Inside Integra Newsletter - August 2020 - Reading time 10 minutes

In July members participated in two Integra Virtual Conferences;  EMEIA on July 17 and AAANZ on July 29.
We had great attendance and members enjoyed seeing each other.
Franz Schweiger hosted the EMEIA event and you can watch a replay here -
Bill Sims hosted the AAANZ event and you can watch a replay here -

We had a big announcement on our refreshed Integra logo, new Integra mark and our updated Brand Guidelines, which were presented by our team at BRND WGN.  Mance Creative finished our update to the website - check it out at  All of the new logos are available on the Members only area for download.

 Try this great new mark along with your firm's logo on your promotional materials.   

Our next events are the Cross Border Tax Workshop on September 25 & the Global Virtual Conference on October 23.

Global Board:  Jeff Taraboulos from KSDT in Miami has been nominated and accepted.

EMEIA:  Mr. Ali Ebeid from Experts Chartered Accountants in Muscat, Oman and Mr. Domenico Merlino from Link Audit, SRL in Palermo, Italy have been nominated and accepted.  
Mr. Shefeek Salim from NAS Chartered Accountants in Abu Dhabi and Mr. Gopu Rama Naidu from KGRN Accounting Associates in Dubai are both observers for the coming year.
Päivi Husu and Roby Almog have left the EMEIA Board & Roby remains on the Global Board.

AAANZ has added:
Jim Ketter - Miller Haviland Ketter PC, PA, Kansas City, USA
Wayne Soo - Fiducia LLP, Singapore
Matt Hatfield - Lohman Company PLLC, Phoenix, USA
Steve Austin, Annise Brokstein and Steve Williams have left the AAANZ Board. Bill thanked them for their service.


Educate your staff and stay connected - a benefit of Integra membership available at no cost, and CPE certificates are issued for live events.  
All past webinar recordings can be easily found on the Integra website - link here

Audit & Accounting Committee

August 13 - Round table discussion for Integra A&A members.  Topic:
Email Laurie Daschuk to be added to the list - 11 am Eastern

ASIA Region Zoom Call

August 13 - time TBA

Marketing Committee Meeting

August 26 - Round table discussion for Integra members who have a dedicated marketing role in their firm.  
Email Laurie Daschuk to be added to the list - 8am PST/ 11am EST/ 3pm UK/ 4pm Central Europe

HR Committee Meeting

August 27Round table discussion for Integra members who have a dedicated HR role in their firm.  
Email Laurie Daschuk to be added to the list - 9am PST/ 12 pm EST/ 5pm UK/ 6pm Central Europe

Webinar Recordings Available 

All of Integra's past webinars are available on our website here...

IAB Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of the International Accounting Bulletin - a benefit of your membership with Integra.

IAB the only global magazine covering professional services. Focusing on business issues affecting accounting firms, networks and associations, it is a trusted source for leading accounting news, as well as vital data and analysis provided by its survey features.

IAB tracks fee income and staff information from accounting networks and associations globally, regionally and across the world’s key economies, with data spanning back more than a decade.



Welcome Our New Members

DFV Tax and Business Advisors
San Jose, Costa Rica

Mr. Daniel Villalobos
[email protected]


Indépendant Accountants and Advisors
Ankara, Turkey

Ms. Öznur Öztürk
[email protected]

Send us your news...
Susanne & Laurie love
to hear from you! 


BATT & Associates
Neufchâteau, France
Mr. Olivier Lefebvre
[email protected]


Corporate Analyst and Consultant Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi, India

Mr. Vineet Gupta
[email protected]

Lohman Company, PLLC  Phoenix,AZ

Matthew Hatfield, CPA has joined as a partner in the firm. 
TAC Professional services in Nigeria would like to share their latest TAX DIGEST VOL 4:

Catching up with Harry Nordström at Administer in Sweden and Finland

Did your offices close and have people started working from home?
The offices did not close completely.  However, a strong recommendation was given mid-March to all to start working remotely. This was in line with the recommendation of the local authorities in each country. The recommendation lasted until August 1 – the current status is that it will most likely be extended at least in the metropolitan areas of Helsinki and Stockholm. 

Personnel were offered the possibility to pick up screens, keyboards, laptop station docks etc. from their respective office.  Our IT-team expanded possibilities for remote VPN-logging (since everyone in Finland & Sweden has either WLAN at home or a mobile with data capabilities so how to connect to the net was not an issue).
All meetings (customers / internal) switched over to Microsoft Teams.  An obligation to inform one superior immediately when/if a positive test result comes up – for the employee or the immediate family.  All such information then to be reported immediately to Head of HR.

Briefly describe your practice and how many staff?

Total number of offices (Administer Group); Finland 21, Sweden 1, Estonia 1
Total number of staff (Administer Group); 650
Services provided; paperless Financial Management with our own fully digital web/mobile, SW eFina, Accounting, Payroll, HR, Tax, M&A, CFO, Controlling

How did the Covid-19 affect your business?

No major impact - on overall level - has yet to been seen.  Since all data flow is digital, we have, however discovered, by following the total in- and outflow of payables and receivables, a decline (on average) in the customer data.  Some impact will most likely come with a lag starting this fall. The size of it will much depend o whether there will be a 2nd / 3rd wave of the virus spreading or not.
All customers are without a doubt very cautious on their spending on any added value services – thus sticking mostly to just the statutory.  In all countries, the Governments decided to offer support to businesses in various ways. Helping out our customers with the application processes generated additional work and billing. However, this is only temporary.

What advice would you give to Integra Members?
For every leader, no matter on which hierarchy level, it is of crucial importance to stay connected with each and everyone in the team regularly also by phone/web meeting, not just e-mail.  At least once a week good to have a “coffee break” all together – web meeting with cameras on. No agenda, very few job-related topics, just go with the flow.
Once a month (at least) a large web meeting including all personnel to get a status review from CEO / Head of HR.  Communicate clearly and in good time before what the staff is expected to do and how. Let them know to whose instruction are you basing the decisions on. Let them know if there are any chances.  

Small competitions are fun way to make the staff feel part of work community and chat about something else than work:

  • Culture challenge: read book classic, listen to music from 60s’, watch a black and white movie, read a poem, read a study, watch a concert or a musical, listen to a podcast etc. these all online or home of course. (Have a list of these if needed)
  • Exercise challenge: Run, walk a dog, do push ups, do gardening, cut the grass etc. and you get a point for every 15min of exercise.
  • Remind staff to remember to take breaks during the day and eat a proper lunch.
  • Communicate to customers how you can help them.
  • Organising a course on: How to lead you self and organize your work week.

Harry Nordström, Administer


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