UK consulting firm Egremont Group opens an office in Chicago

18 May 2017

London based consultancy firm Egremont Group has set up an office in Chicago, its first on the ground international operation. Fifteen year company veteran Andy Morris has been tasked with leading the firm’s US endeavours.

Founded in 2000, by the current CEO Sean Connolly, who formerly worked for Capgemini Consulting and BDO, Egremont Group is a mid-sized management consulting firm that helps clients with five services areas: business transformation, strategy execution, operating model and organisation design, operational excellence and leadership development. The consulting firm has seen steady growth over the years, and currently has a team of around 35 consultants and project managers.

On the back of growing demand for its services from a number of US clients, Egremont Group has opened a new hub in Chicago, with a population of 2.7 million a top 10 US city and business ecosystem. The new office is headed by Andy Morris, one of the firm’s first employees and today a Vice President leading some of Egremont Group’s largest and most complex projects. Prior to joining the consulting firm, Morris worked in the retail sector and at Capgemini Consulting. His consulting track record includes working with clients such as Shell, Walgreens, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Galenica and Severn Trent Water.

UK consulting firm Egremont Group opens an office in Chicago

His advisory work has taken him across the US and Europe – out of the base in Chicago he will specialise mainly on transformational change and people projects within the retail, travel and utilities sectors.

Morris, who is a fluent French speaker, holds a BA in French and management, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, and a postgraduate diploma in marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

MCA Award

Earlier this month Egremont Group won an MCA Award for a two year business transformation programme it ran with Walgreens Boots Alliance. The consultancy was given the ‘Change Management in the Private Sector’ category award for the, according to the MCA, “outstanding work” it delivered, in combination with the multi-million dollar benefits case realised at the retailer. Egremont deployed a team of 21 consultants who between them were change experts, innovators and industry experts, tasked with leading change on a large scale. The project involved strategy execution, operating model and organisation design, and operational excellence and leadership across head office and the stores.


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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.”