Capgemini relocates Rotherham office to Sheffield

19 July 2018

International consulting firm Capgemini has joined a growing number of firms in taking up a new office space in Sheffield. The move sees the firm relocate from its previous South Yorkshire home of Rotherham, in order to improve accessibility for clients and staff alike.

Sheffield has seen a large influx of businesses into the region in recent months. The first half of 2017 alone saw 35 firms relocate or move into the Steel City, with the newcomers taking up 170,000 sq ft in that time – almost as much as for the whole of the previous year. The exponential growth, on the back of various investments into office space by local authorities, continued through the year – seeing the arrival of Mott MacDonald among others – and well into 2018.

Capgemini relocates Rotherham office to Sheffield

Now, French multinational professional services and business consultancy Capgemini, has relocated its Rotherham office to Sheffield. Capgemini’s former base in a former steelworks at Aldwarke, on the outskirts of South Yorkshire town Rotherham, saw the firm develop technology projects and manage IT systems for applications and infrastructures of its clients, and their associated business processes.

Capgemini has taken up residence in the 3,750 sq ft offices at ARBA Group's recently refurbished multi-million pound Meadowhall Business Park on Carbrook Hall Road. Other tenants at the sought-after business park, which is presently being marketed by the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, include Tuffnells, the GMB union, NG Bailey, Auburn Ainsley, Wilford Smith, and Eaton Commercial Property Consultants.

Cate Hames, corporate real estate manager at Capgemini UK, said: "We had been in our offices in Rotherham for over 20 years and it was time for a change. Meadowhall Business Park provides a great new location for our employees as it's easily accessible and close to the many amenities at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre."

Richard Burns, Director at ARBA Group, commented, "As a leader in IT services, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address its clients' needs when it comes to the evolving world of cloud and digital, and we know our prime location and modern accommodation including raised floors, data linked open work areas and private offices, will provide a work area fit for the future."

Related: Capgemini develops RPA Centre of Excellence for UK Cabinet Office.


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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.”