Almost half of the Dutch population are members of two or more interest groups or associations. Together the interest groups form a network within which a major part of the social and political activities in the Netherlands takes place. In general terms we can see that to a lesser or greater degree interest groups are (or should be) concerned with a number of social challenges.
Charitable organisations make an important contribution to society. The areas of attention are numerous, from general health and welfare, culture, refugees and development cooperation, education and science, to people on low incomes, the environment, animals and nature. Society wants to keep helping each of these and many other organisations, but because of the many changes in the sector and ever changing regulations, this involves significant challenges. Our specialists will be happy to advise you on making the best possible use of the opportunities for you and your organisation to maintain the contribution to society.
Cultural institutions fulfill an important social need and are increasingly taking centre stage in politics and society. Cultural entrepreneurship is clearly present in cultural sector organisations, such as theatres, art venues and museums. The market mechanism is forcing cultural institutions to raise the bar ever higher in achieving their objectives, working on a commercial basis, controlling costs and generating additional income. Mazars’ specialists will be happy to advise you about this.
We have many different kinds of education in the Netherlands, from primary education and special education to higher education (universities and universities of applied sciences). Educational institutions are subject to regular change, which means they must be as flexible as possible. Shrinking regions, workload, suitable education and scope for professional development are issues that you will be facing today as an educational institution. Declining pupil numbers also often play a part. In short, educational institutions are facing significant challenges, which requires an efficient organisation in terms of policy and administration. Stakeholders are setting ever higher standards and want transparency about your activities and services, which is why a continuity section for instance must be included in your accounting.
The world in which housing associations operate has changed dramatically in recent years. The policy framework for housing associations has been limited by an amendment to the Housing Act, so their main focus must be on their primary target group. At the same time housing associations are required to make a substantial contribution to the realisation of climate targets, keeping the housing stock affordable and the quality of life in their housing market region. This requires efficient, effective and innovative business operations, in which process digitisation is also increasingly taking place. In the coming years housing associations will have to keep adapting to changes in their environment.
The transport and logistics sector has a place in a broad range of businesses including transporters, shippers, intermediaries and service providers. However, in spite of this diversity, there are clearly common developments and challenges. Mazars helps companies to tackle these challenges by combining specific experience, expertise, and (International) contacts within our Transport & Logistics sector group.
The financial sector is constantly changing. Through innovations in financial markets, constantly changing laws and regulations and the development of new standards. The specialists from Mazars monitor these developments closely. They know what impact they can have on your organisation, and the opportunities they offer.
Flexible work accounts for a substantial portion of the labour market and the number of flexible workers continues to increase. In an ever-changing landscape in which national borders are becoming increasingly irrelevant, temp and secondment agencies and payroll companies are dealing with complex legislation and regulations. A number of regulatory authorities oversee compliance with these rules. Flexible employment agencies must additionally keep pace with all developments, make use of efficient software solutions, optimise their processes and ensure their earnings models are up-to-date.
As an entrepreneur in a dynamic and competitive market, you are increasingly faced with strategic and financing issues, increasing automation and digitalisation. How do you deal with it? And how does this fit in the strategy of the family and the family business? In a family business, it is important to balance the family interests and company interests.
As an entrepreneur within the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector, you find yourself in a dynamic environment where fast and innovative developments follow each other in quick succession. This has an impact on your company. Yet at the same time these developments also offer opportunities which, of course, you do not want to miss out on. In brief, being actively involved in the sector throws up some serious challenges for passionate and inspired entrepreneurs.