Retailers select BDO as best at Client Choice Awards

08 March 2016

Leading audit, accounting and advisory firm BDO continues to make its mark on Australian retailers, being named best provider to the manufacturing, wholesaling and retail sector at last night’s 2016 Financial Review Client Choice Awards for the second consecutive year.

The coveted awards, which have been running more than 10 years, were held at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel and were a chance for the best professional service firms from across Australia and New Zealand to be recognised across a number of categories.

The awards are unique in that winners are selected based on input from actual clients, rather than a panel.

BDO National Chairman Helen Argiris said it was an honour to be nominated for the awards and due recognition of the firm’s dedication to quality client service to be announced as the winner.

“The manufacturing, wholesaling and retail sector is one of Australia’s most significant and so to be named best provider by clients in those fields is testament to our consistently high level of client focus and sector specialisation,” Ms Argiris said.

“BDO’s hard-working professionals across the country are doing fantastic work for their clients.

“These awards are driven by the voice of the client and demonstrate that consistency is the route to exceptional client service.”

BDO National Retail Lead Partner Simon Scalzo accepted the award, in recognition of BDO’s pioneering work for the sector including its establishment of the Australian Retail Index (ARI), the first online platform of its kind in the country.

Launched in 2014, the ARI gives retailers access to critical benchmarking information across four key categories — Fashion and Accessories, Furniture and Homewares, Sporting and Recreational Goods, and Other General Retail — providing intelligence about the ‘health’ of their sector and fluctuations in sales data.

BDO was also nominated in the Most Client Focused Accountant category for Glyn O’Brien in its Perth office.