West Monroe Partners doubles size of its Minneapolis office

21 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

West Monroe Partners has doubled its Minneapolis, Minnesota, office space to support its organic growth plans. The firm’s regional focus is shifting further from M&A support to a range of issues related to digital, customer experience and operations excellence.

The plans by West Monroe Partners sees the management consultancy take up an additional 4,000 square feet at its current office in Minneapolis' Colwell building, expanding its total presence to around 8,000 square feet. The expanded office space has been leased until 2022.

The move reflects the expanding service portfolio of the Minnesota-based office (founded in 2013), from its original focus on M&A and post-merger integration offerings to a wider range of business consulting services geared at clients in industries including manufacturing and distribution, healthcare and private equity. Among the propositions earmarked as main growth areas are digital transformation, customer experience and operations excellence.

West Monroe Partners doubles size of its Minneapolis office

The expansion provides a number of new features to the firm’s Minneapolis office space, including an additional conference and phone space to conduct business with both local and national clients. The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, is also to be tackled through the addition of various ergonomic and health-oriented features, including standing desks. The new space, whose distinctive characteristics of Warehouse District buildings, will further be used to greet and meet with clients, host events and provide training for new staff.

Tom Ewers, West Monroe Partners’ Minneapolis office leader, remarks, “Getting to open the practice here in Minneapolis was a highlight for our company and we are excited to be able to grow our presence here. This expansion will help foster future growth by giving our consultants an open and collaborative workspace so they can transform our clients’ businesses through both strategic and technological solutions.”

Across the US, West Monroe has grown to 11 offices from its beginnings in Chicago in 2002 by four former Arthur Andersen executives.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”