KPMG opens Norwich office to bolster capacity in East of England

07 September 2016

KPMG will open a new office in the East of England, at Dragonfly House in Norwich. The new office builds on its regional capacity following the closure of its Ipswich office late last year. The Norwich office will offer the firm’s full range of accounting, financial advisory and consulting services, as well as be the base for its Enterprise teams to the region.

Big Four KPMG is to open a new office in Norwich to support its Cambridge office as well as their regional offering. The new office will offer the firm’s full scope of services to regional clients, and will be located at the Dragonfly House on the bank of the River Wensum.

The new space will, in addition, house experts from KPMG’s Enterprise teams, providing a base of operation to reach local market SMEs and other businesses with specialised advisory services.

KPGM opens office in Norwich to bolster regional capacity

To run the office the firm is moving Steve Muncey, who has been a Senior Partner at the firm since 2009, from its Cambridge office. Muncey will coordinate with Joe Faulkner, Head of Business Development for KPMG in the East of England, throughout the development of the new office. The firm plans on completing the move by mid-September, and, if sufficient clients can be found in the short term, additional recruitment will begin before December.

The office in Norwich broadens the firm’s regional presence, following the loss of its Ipswich office late last year – according to the firm, the lease was not renewed and a replacement office in the city could not be found that met requirements. Faulkner remarks, “We are disappointed that we couldn’t find new premises in Ipswich as our ideal scenario would have been to have offices in both Ipswich and Norwich supporting our Cambridge office. However, that didn’t work out.”

Muncey says, “KPMG has been working with businesses here for decades so we are delighted to have a physical office back in the city which will further strengthen our relationships here. In the nearly two decades since we left the transformation to the region has been fantastic, and Norwich is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with an incredibly vibrant local economy - a mix of early stage, SME and corporate businesses which suits our broad range of services perfectly.”

Last month Strategic Management Institute, an Australia-based firm, opened an office in London, while UK-origin PA Consulting Group unveiled that it will move to a new corporate headquarters in the City.


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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.”