Cambridge Consultants invests £6m to support growth

11 December 2014

Consulting firm Cambridge Consultants has unveiled its new £6 million wireless facilities that support its continuing growth. The Auton Building can accommodate 120 engineers and offers a modern, bright, environmentally-responsible environment.

Product development engineering and technology consulting firm Cambridge Consultants has invested £6 million in new facilities at its Cambridge Science Park headquarters. The facilities, named the ‘Auton Building’*, have been established to keep pace with the firm’s rapid growth. Cambridge Consultants recruited 90 people this year in the UK alone, taking its global workforce to 450**. For 2015, the firm has equally strong recruitment plans, with around 40 additional wireless job opportunities. “I set a growth agenda with the aim of doubling the size of Cambridge Consultants by the end of 2016. Two years into that, we have grown substantially and successfully,” explains Alan Richardson, CEO of Cambridge Consultants.

Alan Richardson, CEO of Cambridge Consultants

Auton Building
The Auton Building, which can house 120 engineers, consists of a mixture of open-plan office space and world-class engineering facilities. Roof-based antennas can transmit and receive terrestrial and satellite wireless signals and feed them directly to engineers’ desks. A dedicated optics lab enables the safe use of class-4 lasers in development work on the next generation of sensors for industries ranging from oil and gas to medical devices. “Our investment in new facilities will enable us to keep pace with that soaring demand and ensure our staff have a world-class environment in which to thrive,” comments Richardson.

To accommodate the 2015 expansion plans, the next phase of the building expansion plans, a three-storey extension to the new Auton Building, has already been started.

* The building has been named after Paul Auton, who was the CEO of Cambridge Consultants from 1983-1998.

** The company also expanded its US footprint this year by moving to new premises in Boston.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”