The Dutch practice of Eden McCallum has moved into a new, larger office. The significantly larger premises, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s corporate district, offer the consultancy a better platform to accommodate the firm’s growth agenda, according to partner Marjon Wanders.
Since its inception in the Netherlands in 2008 – Eden McCallum was founded in the UK in 2000 – the consulting firm has moved offices twice, most recently from an office on the Gustav Mahlerplein to the Parnassusweg. In the intervening years, Eden McCallum’s Dutch arm has, under the direction of former McKinsey & Company consultants Heleen Wachters and Marjon Wanders, grown into one of the region’s largest players for independent consultants in the tier-1 segment. Today, the firm has a database of over 150 management consultants in the Benelux and typically has 50-75 consultants busy on projects at any one time, serving clients across the public listed, corporate and mid-market space.
To accommodate for further growth, in October Eden McCallum moved into a larger office space in UN Studio, a building in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, the Dutch capital’s version of London’s Canary Wharf. “Our Benelux practice continues to grow, we have recently added two Associate Partners to our team in Amsterdam (Cyrus Ditzel and Wouter van Essenberg) and, having outgrown our previous office space, we have moved to a fantastic new location on the Zuidas”, says co-founder Heleen Wachters.
According to Wachters, the new workplace provides Eden McCallum’s network of independent consultants with several benefits. “A prime objective of the move was to be able to offer our consultants and project teams better facilities to work, as a team or alone, for an hour, a day or a week.” When staffed on an Eden McCallum engagement, consultants are free to make use of the full range of facilities, which includes various meeting rooms, team rooms and individual working spaces, as well as access to a modern communication and facilities infrastructure. In the past few weeks since the move, the consultancy has already housed multiple project teams and has hosted three events in-house, a feat which was not possible in the past.
Wanders concludes: “With the move, we have taken another step towards realising the next phase of our growth plan. We are seeing growing demand from clients for our services and there is significant potential to extend our footprint in the market. Our new workplace provides us with one of the ingredients needed to realise this goal.”
Working as an independent consultant
According to a recent study by Eden McCallum, conducted in collaboration with The Financial Times, London Business School and INSEAD, independent management consultants are highly satisfied with their job, with over half of the freelancers in the top tier segment more money as an independent.