Accenture opens The Dock research and incubation hub in Dublin

17 February 2017

Accenture recently opened its The Dock research and incubation hub in Dublin's Silicon Docks. The 60,000 square-foot building will house around 300 professions from the firm by year's end, and is focused on bringing together a range of stakeholders, from startups to academia, to create the disruptive ideas of tomorrow.

Accenture has further strengthened its position in the Irish market with the launch of a new multi-disciplinary research and incubation hub, dubbed ‘The Dock’. The new centre, which is located in Dublin’s Silicon Docks, offers 60,000 square feet of space housing for around 200 of the firm’s staff, crossing a range of disciplines. The Hub too houses Fjord, the design studio owned by the firm, which recently opened an office in the building.

The aim of the space is to foster collaboration across a range of stakeholders, from entrepreneurs and businesses to academia, with particular focus on the investigation, development and scaling of disruptive innovation. The firm itself will support the various parties with its capabilities across research, ventures, labs, studios and innovation and delivery centres – which includes new ways of working.

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The firm is planning to further its commitment to Ireland by hiring an additional 300 people across the country in 2017, boosting the already 2,200 people employed by the firm in the country. 100 of the new candidates will join The Dock. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland is supporting Accenture’s The Dock hub.

Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive of the IDA, says, “The Dock showcases Accenture’s depth of technology expertise in Ireland. The company’s continued investment in innovation and in its team of talented professionals greatly enhances Ireland’s position as a compelling location for global professional service firms. IDA continues to target additional investment in this key sector.”

Commenting on the expansion in Ireland, Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s Chairman and CEO, remarks, “Our talented professionals across Ireland are imagining the future every day to solve some of the biggest challenges facing businesses, governments and consumers. We are proud to build on our long history in Ireland with today’s official opening of The Dock and investment in new jobs to drive innovation that helps our clients meet the demands of a rapidly evolving digital world.”

In November 2015 Accenture Ireland moved into Facebook's old headquarters in the country, located at 7 Hanover Quay in Dublin’s south docklands, while it too in 2015 opened a Centre for Innovation in Dublin.

Other professional services firms are also actively expanding their footprint in Ireland: EY last year added nearly 300 new recruits to its Irish workforce while in October PwC opened a Cyber Centre in the country.


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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.

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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.”