Cedar Consulting moves to new London head office

20 April 2015 Consultancy.uk

Cedar Consulting has moved its UK headquarters to a new office in London. The new space, which is located in Central London, offers the firm better facilities as well as an environment adaptable to its growing UK team.

Cedar Consulting (Cedar) is an in 1998 established consulting firm that provides application, business, technology and training consulting services, with a focus on Oracle solutions, including Cloud, Taleo and PeopleSoft offerings.

The UK-origin firm serves clients globally from its offices in the UK, Switzerland, Australia and India. To accommodate its expanding team in the UK, the IT consultancy recently announced the move to a new, larger UK headquarters, based in London.

Cedar Consulting moves to new UK head office

The new office space, located in Brownlow Mews in Central London’s Bloomsbury district, offers according to the firm "better facilities" and "space to grow", as well as among others flexible working spaces for meetings, product demonstrations and events.

Commenting on the new office, Simon Wragg, Cedar Consulting Director, says: “We have had a number of people join the team recently and this new office gives us a much enhanced working environment for our consulting and support teams to collaborate, as well as for customer meetings and for product demonstrations. We are very pleased to have found such a great space so close to our previous office.”

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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.”