Grant Thornton relocates Dallas office to support growth

15 January 2015 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton has moved its Dallas office within the Comerica Bank Tower to accommodate its growth ambition. According to the firm, the new office will allow its employees to better serve its clients in the region, as well as reduce its carbon footprint. 

Professional services firm Grant Thornton US has relocated its Dallas office within the Comerica Bank Tower at 1717 Main Street. The firm moved from the 14th and 15th floors to the 17th and 18th floor. The firm occupies the 12th floor of the building, totalling the office space to 60,560 square feet. The new office has been designed with a focus on better space utilisation and reflects the consulting firm’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint by incorporating a more efficient layout, access to natural light, increased multi-purpose space and more effective collaboration rooms.

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400 Grant Thornton employees moved into the new Dallas space that is able to accommodate more than 500 employees, highlighting the firm’s ambition to grow in the region. Wally Gruenes, Office Managing Partner of Grant Thornton’s Dallas practice, explains: “This move reinforces Grant Thornton’s continued commitment to the firm’s growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Our new space will enhance employee collaboration and innovation, allowing us to better serve our current and future growth-oriented clients in the area.” For Grant Thornton, this is the third office expansion in a short period of time to accommodate its growth. Last year, the firm made two expansions in its Metro New York and New England Practice. A new office in Stamford of 6,300 square feet was opened, to house around 50 employees, and just shortly after, the firm expanded its Long Island office to 16,811 square feet, to house 125 employees.

Grant Thornton is not the only firm expanding its footprint in the Dallas region. Just last month, consulting firm Point B opened an office in Dallas, its eight in the US, to serve clients in the area.

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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.”