Hughenden Consulting relocates in High Wycombe to support growth

05 February 2014

Hughenden Consulting (Hughenden) has moved to new, larger premises in High Wycombe that will serve as a base for its growing international operations in Europe and North America.

The supply chain consulting firm, whose revenues doubled in fiscal year 2013, provides specialist consulting services that help global manufacturers run more efficient, sustainable and profitable supply chains. The new site will house more staff and allow Hughenden to host its specialist conferences and training sessions on-site, for which there is growing demand.

After considering a range of options, Hughenden chose to stay located in High Wycombe rather than move to London or elsewhere. A key reason it chose High Wycombe was for its excellent transit links to all directions by train and the motorway and also the short commute to Heathrow, which provides the vital link to its international assignments in Asia, Europe and North America.

Hughenden’s team further value Buckinghamshire County for its international, well-educated skills base and high level of entrepreneurial activity. According to Buckinghamshire Business First, the country has the highest enterprise rate per capita of any area in the UK, with 70 enterprises per 10,000 residents. This means that Hughenden is able to tap into a rich pool of employee candidates, business services and development funds as it grows.

Hughenden Consulting relocates in High Wycombe to support growth

According to Hugh Williams, founder and managing director, Hughenden Consulting, “We hire supply chain experts with knowledge of the discipline combined with well-developed people skills. Because most of our client work spans multiple countries, it’s vital that our people not only speak foreign languages but also have a strong awareness of and sensitivity to other cultures. We have had good success finding people that fit this profile in Bucks County.”

Another important link that Hughenden has to the County is through the course it offers through Buckinghamshire New University that offers professional accreditation in demand management to business professionals in the UK and Europe. Hughenden has just certified the first participants in the scheme from the Irish food manufacturer, Kerry Foods.

Although Hughenden was established in 2001, the past two years have seen the company grow significantly on an international scale. Hugh Williams, concluded, “Over the past few years, globalisation, ethical concerns and cost pressures have all conspired to move supply chain to the very top of corporate agendas. Last year we set up new partner ‘spokes’ in the Nordics, Southern Europe and the US to sell into and support international clients and realised that we needed a larger hub to serve as a base for consultant training, client conferences, content development, marketing and other services. It’s a very exciting time!”

The address of Hughenden’s new office is 6 Lancaster Court, Coronation Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3TD.

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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.”