October 01, 2010
Pro-Link GLOBAL has been shortlisted for the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs), sponsored by The Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). These awards recognize industry leaders, business successes and rising stars in global mobility. Pro-Link GLOBAL is being considered for Best Legal / Tax Services Provider of the Year, along with E&Y, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, KPMG and HA&W. The winners will be determined by a panel of judges representing different areas of the global mobility industry around the world. FEM will be awarding the EMMAs at a ceremony in New York this October and in a second ceremony in London this November.
Pro-Link GLOBAL is proud and honoured to be nominated in the category. We are listed alongside big names – E&Y, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, KPMG and HA&W. Firms like these have a reputation for professionalism, accuracy, attention to detail, as well as lobbying power, influence and connections. They aren’t usually so well known for being flexible, people minded or big-hearted.
Pro-Link GLOBAL is striving to achieve that harmony; we set our professional standards very high, and at the same are also committed to offering something more to our clients, both internal and external. From our mission statement, it is evident that we have more than just our own existence at heart. What makes us unique in a “Jet Blue Airlines way” is that Pro-Link is a virtual company. All our employees work virtually, from home offices, which means that we have employees all over the world, and in all sorts of cities and countries. Yes, this model presents challenges; however we find that, particularly in the world of global mobility, the kinds of challenges virtual working presents actually stretch us and develop our ability to communicate across borders and time zones with our clients.
Being “virtual” also means that our staff have flexible working times, we all have home offices set up, so we can meet client demands for late night or early morning conference calls with ease, and we can also meet our personal commitments more easily. We’ve recently published an article on virtual working, available in the Resources section of this website.
We genuinely feel that we lead the rest of the pack when it comes to innovation.
In addition to our “virtual” working style, all our employees are granted a “philanthropy” day every quarter, to donate time and resources to their local community. Pro-Link also donates generous financial resources to the local community.
A key differentiator is how we partner. We work with our “suppliers” in a different way to our competitors. Our co-counsels and local vendors are part of our Keiretsu Global Network. Keiretsu is a Japanese term used to describe a grouping or family of affiliated companies that form a tight-knit alliance to achieve each other’s mutual success. We truly offer a global service with local connections, because our local partners are trusted partners; not just suppliers.
In terms of cost management, of course working virtually has plenty of advantages. The money we save on not having brick-and-mortar offices goes back to our clients directly. When our clients hire us, they pay for our services and our time and not for our fancy offices or canteens.
What has being nominated as a finalist meant to us? We have learned that we aren’t perfect, but we are flexible and nimble; a benefit that our clients in the global mobility and relocation fields value.
Most of all we are extremely grateful to our clients, our partner offices, and our colleagues for giving us opportunities to develop, every day.
Fingers crossed as the envelope is handed over on Monday 4th October 2010 at The Hudson Theater in NewYork, New York.