Protiviti and Robert Half move UK office to The Shard

02 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Protiviti has relocated its London office to The Shard, one of the City’s most iconic skyscrapers. The new 20,200 square foot location will also house Robert Half, Protiviti’s parent company, thereby bringing together the UK operations of these two businesses for the first-time in a co-located UK headquarters.

With over 70 offices in over 20 countries, Protiviti is one of the globe’s larger business consultancies. The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of recruiting giant Robert Half, specialises in financial topics, including finance, governance, risk & compliance, internal audit and financial technology.

Over the past years the firm operated from the Grand Buildings, located at the Strand. On Monday this week, Protiviti formally moved into The Shard, an iconic skyscraper in London, when delivered back in 2012 heralded as Europe’s tallest building. The business consultancy joins Robert Half on the 10th floor of the new premise, building on the strategy to enhance the synergies between the two firms. “Protiviti and Robert Half have been providing consulting and recruitment solutions for our clients for some time, and working from one location will only foster our ability to offer a broad range of services, from staff augmentation to full-service consulting solutions,” comments Andrew Clinton, Head of Protiviti’s UK Operation.

Protiviti and Robert Half move UK office to The Shard

The move in addition enables Protiviti to facilitate its growth plans. “Protiviti continues to see rapid growth within the UK,” says Clinton, adding “the move to The Shard fits the business’ desire to offer its clients and staff the highest quality in work environment, transport connections and access to a vibrant community of professionals within the London Bridge Quarter.”

As part of the relocation, Robert Half – a US-listed company with more than 340 offices worldwide – has consolidated its three London branches. Phil Sheridan, Managing Director of Robert Half UK, reflects on the move: “When considering a new London location, we wanted to bring together our staffing and consulting businesses to provide a full spectrum of services from one central location. From our new offices, we will continue to deliver recruitment services in finance and accounting, financial services, technology and administration. These offerings will be complemented with the solutions that Protiviti provides as an internal audit, risk and business consultancy.”

With Protiviti and Robert Half on board, The Shard is now close to 70% let. Other major companies housed in the building include Gallup, Tiffany & Co, Al Jazeera and Duff & Phelps.

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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.”