Helmi Talib & Co featured in ‘Singapore Business Review’
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Helmi Talib & Co is all about delivering a responsive quality service.
Accounting firms are abound in Singapore because of its reputation as an established global business hub.
Helmi Talib & Co, established in 1992, is an accounting firm that prides itself on putting clients’ needs at the center of our business. It is a member of the International Association of Practicing Accountants (IAPA), a global association of independent accountancy and business advisory firms represented by 200 firms in more than 70 countries.
Helmi Talib & Co emphasises on trust as one of its key values. “As a firm, our reputation is built on integrity and honesty,” says Helmi Talib, managing partner of Helmi Talib & Co. “We make every effort to develop a relationship with our clients, people, and community based on trust.”
Helmi Talib & Co’s vision is to offer a quality and responsive service. It aims to foster a client relationship built on trust with continued interest in the clients’ business affairs, as well as to provide quality professional service. As a manifestation of this mission, the firm adopted the Singapore Standard on Quality Control (SSQC1) and established a quality control manual in 2010. The quality control manual is updated on a yearly basis.
The firm has a weekly management meetings to improve productivity and efficiency by closely monitoring the various engagements, planning and issuing reports. These techniques improve service quality through the reduction of turn-around time, errors in deliverables, as well as through understanding the needs, interests, and expectations of clients. “For us, responsiveness means going beyond meeting timelines,” says Helmi. “It is to understand and act upon the interests and expectations of clients.”
At 24 years and counting, Helmi Talib & Co has hit numerous milestones since it was founded. Amongst its biggest achievements is having an exponential growth in clientele and staff. It has also had an increase in productivity and efficiency due to implementation of structured Standard Operating Procedures and upgrading of Information Technology infrastructure.
Helmi Talib & Co is focused on the personal growth of its employees. They provides its employees with opportunities to develop their professional and technical competencies. For instance, they encourage their employees to pursue professional accounting qualifications through the “Study Support Program.” Employees under this program will enjoy 100% subsidy on their registration fees, school fees, and examination fees to any one of the following accounting qualifications: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and Singapore Qualification Programme (SQP).
Helmi Talib & Co also embarked on the Enterprise Training Support (ETS) by the Singapore Workforce Development (WDA), which aims to equip the firm’s staff with all the necessary technical knowledge and soft skills capabilities that will enhance professional service quality standard to its clients. Mentorship programs have been set in place for further staff motivation and development. The firm has successfully organised for a secondment of one of its employees to Price Bailey, an IAPA member firm in the United Kingdom.
With the belief in the importance of work-life balance and in retaining human capital, Helmi Talib & Co organises various sports and recreation activities on a regular basis to encourage interaction, participation, and bonding of staff members.
One with the Community
Helmi Talib & Co acknowledges its social duty as a corporate citizen and actively participates in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Each staff member is required to participate in at least one CSR initiative per year. These initiatives are organised by the firm in collaboration with the various non-profit organisations such as Club Rainbow and Habitat for Humanity.
Helmi Talib & Co has also organised multiple donation drives within the firm. Every dollar of the staff’s overall contribution for a natural disaster relief is matched by the firm. The relief efforts contributed to several donation projects such as the Haiti Earthquake (2010), Haiyan Typhoon, Philippines (2013), and the Nepal Earthquake (2015).
In April 2016, Helmi Talib & Co was featured in a MediaCorp programme, explaining the importance of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) incorporating CSR initiatives into their organisation’s work culture.
Helmi Talib & Co is optimistic about the future and continues to strive to be at the forefront of the industry. “One of our key values is optimism,” says Helmi. “We face the challenges of today with the confidence that tomorrow will be better.”