RSM Leeds office officially opened by Earl of Wessex

28 March 2018

RSM recently formally opened its new Central Square office in Leeds. The opening was attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, who unveiled a plaque alongside senior leadership, in celebration of the firm’s 12-year commitment to supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The UK member firm of RSM announced plans to move into £200 million dollar Leeds Central Square development in 2016. The new space offers a range of benefits to its staff, such as sustainability with a Grade-A rating and more space for a growing workforce, as well as a more attractive position for client engagements.

Two years later, the office has formally opened with a show of pomp and circumstance, as Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, attended to unveil a plaque at the site. RSM has a long-standing relationship as a partner of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), a scheme run in the name of Prince Edward’s Father, Prince Philip.

The DofE has a broad aim to support young people achieve their potential through a broad array of skill and confidence building engagements throughout the years – with various awards and achievements presented based on the determination of participants. The DofE has, in recent years, focused on reducing social mobility stagnation, which remains a significant issue for people of less fortunate backgrounds getting ahead in England.

The RSM’s office inauguration coincided with the firm’s most recent efforts to support the organisation: a 4,000-mile ‘around the globe’ biking challenge – on various treadmill type cycles at its offices in the UK. Other notable efforts on the firm’s part to support the DofE have included its Preston office hosting a night of live music for the past two years.

RSM Leeds office officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex

Commenting on RSM’s support of the organisation, Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said, “As a partner of the DofE Charity for almost 12 years, RSM has long supported the development of young people, recognising the value of achieving a DofE Award. The young people they are supporting are the leaders of the future and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with RSM to ensure that even more young people, irrespective of background are given this life-changing opportunity.”

Aside from the headline-grabbing Royal presence at the event, a selection of RSM’s high and mighty was also in attendance to commend the work being done by the firm. These included Chief Operating Officer David Gwilliam, and Kevin O’Connor, RSM’s Regional Managing Partner for Yorkshire and the North East.

David Gwilliam said of the event, “We are proud to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Charity’s work makes a real difference to the future prospects of hundreds of thousands of young people, and helps them tap into their potential which can shape their future is a positive way. We are committed to working with the DofE to continue to support young people across Yorkshire and the UK.”

Kevin O’Connor added, “It was fantastic to welcome HRH the Earl of Wessex to formally celebrate our move into Central Square. We are proud of our new space as its more than just an office, it reinforces our commitment to the Yorkshire region and strengthens our position as one of the leading advisers to middle market businesses across The North.”


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US consulting firm Slalom opens Manchester office

25 April 2019

American tech consultancy Slalom has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm opened a London office in 2014, and also recently launched its operations in Canada.

Slalom Consulting is one of the largest management and technology consultancies in North America, with some 4,000 consultants, and revenues of more than $550 million. Founded in Seattle in 2001, the advisory firm spent its initial 13 years of business focusing on domestic expansion. While many fast-growing firms in Europe seek to expand across borders to open up new markets, Slalom’s positioning in the world’s largest and most mature consulting market meant that by the start of 2014, the firm had grown its revenues to around $480 million with offices solely in the US.

At that point, however, the firm decided the time was finally right to go global, and in the Summer of 2014 the consultancy opened an office in London. Run by Alex Qatsha – formerly a consultant at Unisys, Accenture and Deloitte – the London operation has since enjoyed a growing track record across the UK and European clients and industries. Through its London office, Slalom has established a reputation in the UK for successfully delivering impactful projects to private and public sector clients across numerous industries.

US consulting firm Slalom opens Manchester office

In the following four years, Slalom has grown into more new markets, including Canada – where it opened an office in Toronto – and launched a new software and tech 'building' offering. Amid growing demand in the UK, the consultancy has turned its attentions back to British shores once more. The UK represents the world’s second largest individual market for consulting services, and with the Northern Powerhouse project seeing business boom in the North-West in particular, Slalom has opted to launch a new Manchester office. 

While the move to a fast-growing region is understandable, it comes after venture capital funding fell by 30% in the North West in 2018. The haul was worth £122.2 million, down from £173.4 million in 2017, while the North as a whole saw the same 30% venture capital drop. Despite that, Slalom hopes its second UK location at Peter House, in the heart of Manchester’s innovation and academic district, will allow it to tap into the city’s deep talent pool, while investing in the development of its existing team members to strengthen its UK reputation. The company plans to employ 200 people in Manchester by 2025.

Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said, “Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services – which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise. We’re looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and making an impact on the local community.”

Paul Squire, Managing Director – who will move from the London office to head up operations in Manchester –  added, “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future.”

Tim Newns, Chief Executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, MIDAS, meanwhile stated, “Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom... Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester.”