Mazars hires 50 professionals across North West

23 November 2018 Consultancy.uk

Mazars has grown its headcount in the North West of England by almost 50 new members in less than a year. The international professional services firm believes that significant investment in young talent is behind the growth.

2017 was a year of expansion for auditing and advisory firm, which saw around 200 trainees add to the firm’s headcount. The firm followed that up by launching a new office in Glasgow, as it looked to grow its client base in Scotland’s most populous city. The 70 staff from Mazars’ previous Glasweigian location all made the move to the new locale, which is centrally located in one of Glasgow’s most prestigious business areas.

This was later followed by a further expansion in Leeds. The new office in West Yorkshire saw Mazars move its 130 employees in Leeds into the newly built 3 Wellington Place in the city centre, as of November, after an extensive £1.2 million fit-out.

Mazars hires 50 professionals across North West of UK

At the same time, Mazars was on a recruitment drive across the North West. Now, news has broken that the consulting firm is close to having made 50 appointments to its Manchester and Liverpool offices in under 12 months. The current tally of 49 appointments across the firm’s offices in the region are largely attributed to a significant investment in young talent, with the audit and accountancy teams in the area having welcomed 12 graduates and school leavers.

At the same time, Mazars has obtained a major public services contract in the region. This has seen an 11-strong team brought on board to work on a five-year deal auditing all 13 of the local authorities in Greater Manchester. This outfit is set to be overseen by Director Karen Murray, who joined Mazars from Grant Thornton in March, having worked in public sector external audit for 25 years.

Commenting on the rapid growth, Tim Hudson, Office Managing Partner in Manchester, said, “It is great to welcome so many new faces and we are delighted to continue our impressive growth both in the North West and nationally. We are supporting a wide range of fantastic businesses and are seeing many opportunities to attract new clients as well. We are planning for continued growth, and are redoubling our commitment to the North West by building a pipeline of exceptional young talent in the business.”

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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.”