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The IABFM continues to expand its membership base and the number of training programs it runs annually. Last year we increased the number of programs significantly and, at this stage, by the end of 2014 we will have added 40% more programs compared to 2013. This is a result of the excellent efforts of our business partners globally.

So far in 2014 there have been a number of exciting major initiatives. We are now offering programs in Australia and New Zealand and more recently in the USA. In the US we have formed a business relationship with one of the largest international compensation specialist organisations and have run pilot programs in compensation training. These programs will be offered throughout the US for the rest of 2014 but will also be offered throughout their international network of the organisation which has a presence in most countries. In the fourth quarter of 2014 our full range of wealth management programs will become available in the US. This will provide wealth management professionals with programs such as our new Certified Family Wealth Manager which has been designed specifically for family owned or controlled businesses and will be offered in conjunction with one of the leading US family business related bodies. We envisage that we will introduce our project management and logistics and supply chain management programs at the beginning of 2015. Given that our Hong Kong office operates in a significantly different time zone we have opened an office in Los Angeles to meet our US client needs.

In keeping with our specialised program practice areas which were introduced in 2013 we are in the process of appointing Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in each of these areas that will be responsible for ensuring the quality control and content of all of our programs. In addition their role will be to provide an interface with the professional bodies for each practice area to ensure that our courses are up to date and meet “best practice” in the area.

One of the major growth areas in our training is with client companies that choose in-house training. The advantage of in-house training is that we can take our standard range of programs and tailor them to meet the client’s needs. If you have a specific in-house need please contact us and we can discuss the best way to meet your needs.

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Yours sincerely

Geoffrey H J Baring

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