Cambridge Consultant unveils large recruitment plans

27 April 2015 Consultancy.uk

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has announced ambitious plans to grow its headcount in both the UK and the US. According to the firm, its recruitment drive follows the increased demand for innovative product development as a result of its employees’ spirits and skills.

Transatlantic expansion
In August, Cambridge Consultants first announced its growth plans for the US and its aim to triple its US headcount in three years’ time, from 32 to 100 employees, when it moved to a new larger Boston office. As the firm already increased its headcount by 50% in six months’ time, the consulting firm has amended this goal and now aims to reach the 100-employees goal by the end of 2016.

Home base
In its home base, the UK, Cambridge Consultants plans to create 70 new jobs. To accommodate its growing UK team, the firm recently invested £13m in state-of-the-art facilities and opened a three-storey extension to its Auton Building, giving it the capacity to house 260 staff.

Cambridge Consultant - Auton Building

Left: Paul Auton, who was CEO of Cambridge Consultants from 1983-1998, right: Alan Richardson, current CEO of Cambridge Consultants.

To fulfil the new US and UK roles, the firm is searching for engineers, scientists, mathematicians and designers to work across projects in a wide range of industries, including medical technology, digital health, industrial and consumer products, oil and gas, and wireless communications.

“Our growth is based on the entrepreneurial spirit and technological prowess of our staff. The company provides the ‘platform for ambition’ for our staff to be the best they can be,” comments Alan Richardson, CEO of Cambridge Consultants. “Our ambitious expansion plans have already seen the company grow by 50% over the past three years to 470 people around the world. We’re now looking for even more top-flight people to come and join our success story.”

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”