Berkeley Partnership moves to new London office at Farringdon Street

15 November 2018

Consulting firm the Berkeley Partnership has announced it will be moving to new offices in London at the end of November. The news comes after the firm enjoyed a decade at its current Chancery Lane location, as Berkeley Partnership looks to facilitate workplace flexibility, and strengthen technological links between its London and New York offices.

Founded in 1990, the Berkeley Partnership has been headquartered in London for the past 28 years. A decade of that was spent at 48 Chancery Lane, but amid a period of sustained growth, the consulting firm has decided that the time is right for a change of scenery.

Berkeley will subsequently be moving about half a mile east across London to a newly built office at 20 Farringdon Street. The location will not only provide the growing firm with more space, but also a host of improved facilities, including better video links to clients and the firm’s other office in New York, and a more open and vibrant space to foster creativity and flexible working.

Berkeley Partnership moves to new London office at Farringdon Street

The independent management consultancy, which works with clients to develop business strategies and transform their business, was recently nominated for an SME Award by Workingmums for its work in improving workplace flexibility. The award recognises small companies who demonstrate a real commitment to work-life balance practices which specifically help working parents, such as flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development for women.

According to a statement from Berkeley on the new office, “Our new space will continue to embody the Berkeley culture – welcoming, inclusive, personable and sociable. Transport links will also be enhanced with close proximity to the new Elizabeth Line and Thameslink hub at Farringdon, City Thameslink on our doorstep, and St Pauls, Blackfriars and Farringdon underground stations all nearby. We very much look forward to welcoming clients to the new office!”

Berkeley's clients include FTSE100 multinationals, household names and public sector organisations across a range of industries. These include the likes of Royal Mail, the NHS, Astrazeneca, 21st Century Fox and Unilever, among a diverse range of other stellar names.

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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.”