KPMG launches its Ignition tech innovation hub in London

13 November 2020 3 min. read
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Big Four firm KPMG has rolled out its Ignition hubs to the UK, with the launch of a new London locale. The innovation hub will facilitate collaborative and digitally-enabled working with technology developers, looking to incubate a industry-changing ideas.

The trend for digital innovation has often required significant capital investment in order to scale-up top ideas, but the process of developing new ideas and client directed solutions centred on tech can be helped along by something akin to incubation. Looking to cater to this need, 2015 saw KPMG open the first of its ‘Ignition Centres’ in Denver, Colorado.

In a bid to incubate innovative technological ideas, the centres were designed to facilitate the development of cross-functional teaming for client directed solutions to problems involving among others, data and analytics, digital solutions, and technology business management.

KPMG launches its Ignition tech innovation hub in London

The idea soon proved a success, and spread across the world to locations in Canada, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

KPMG’s 22nd innovation, insights and collaboration hub will be based in the professional services firm’s Canary Wharf headquarters. The space will facilitate a new collaborative and digitally-enabled hybrid way of working, combining with those in different or remote locations working across different devices. Remote participants will only need a web browser to access the experience – something essential as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Heneghan, Chief Digital Officer at KPMG in the UK, said, “Ignition gives us a world-class platform with which to support delivery of ever-increasing digital transformation for us, and for our clients, and puts our technologists at the centre of complex challenges at a time of great national and global changes coming at pace. Whatever the pandemic does next, we’re keeping our new ways of working, and where the solutions for creative collaboration don’t exist, we’ll pioneer our own.”

Supported by a specialist team curating a range of experiences that enable clients to explore concepts and solutions, Ignition is enabled by different technologies which help clients with designing, prototyping and building of end-solutions, supported by world leading software and services vendors. KPMG’s UK Ignition wing will be led by Mark Stuart Williams, alongside Heneghan and Head of Digital Lighthouse Paul Henninger.

UK Ignition Lead Williams stated, “The Covid-19 pandemic has supercharged the Ignition journey, accelerating plans that were already in place to transform the definition of collaboration from a mainly physical experience to a powerful blend of physical, virtual, and hybrid. Technology allows us to continuously learn, demonstrate agility and do things differently. We are constantly developing fresh collaborative approaches that bring powerful ways to work with clients and colleagues both in the Ignition centre itself and beyond its walls.”