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December 2021

Watch the Russell Bedford International CEO "End of Year" video message!

In my 'End of Year' video message, I say goodbye to 2021; acknowledging the network's incredible successes and welcoming the many opportunities to come in 2022.

Although we all continue to struggle during these arduous times; the work performed by our members around the world has never faltered.

I thank our firms for their commitment and dedication to their people and to their clients.

At network level, we continued with our online content and regular webinars, supporting the personal and professional development of the people of our firms around the world; and I am particularly proud of our Health & Wellbeing monthly webinars and online content, assisting our people in more than 100 countries.

2021 was a major year for Russell Bedford, as the network carried out a strategic review while consulting, reflecting, and examining why the network exists, how to pursue its vision and confirming the core values that make up Russell Bedford’s DNA.

We continued to recruit well this year, expanding the network with 12 new firms (and more to come before the year is out); with notable growth seen amongst our existing member firms, proving how well they had coped during these challenging times, gaining even more work, by looking after businesses in need.  From our AGM in 2020 to this year’s in 2021, we experienced an additional 18% growth.

And once again, Russell Bedford was nominated for ‘Network of the Year’ as one of just two finalists. 

On the return to in-person events at the end of 2021, I was delighted at what an amazing event we held for Marketing and Young Partners & Managers. The meetings in Lisbon highlighted how special it was to be back with our people, to see physical togetherness and interaction.  It was a fantastic occasion!  I think I shall forever remember what one delegate said upon leaving: "In my annual appraisal, I shall no longer ask for a raise but just to be guaranteed a place at a Russell Bedford event."  I don’t believe accolades come any better than that!

As always, I thank our members, my Chair and Board and my Central Office team for all the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication throughout these difficult times; keeping Russell Bedford not only alive, but vibrant, energetic, passionate and full of positivity.

Russell Bedford… taking you further into 2022!

Author: Stephen Hamlet

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