PwC opens new office in San Antonio, fifth in Texas

09 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

PwC recently opened its fifth Texas office in San Antonio. The new office is located out of downtown to be close to clients, the airport and the amenities its millennials staff expect from their employer.

PwC is the world’s second largest professional services network with 758 offices spread over 157 countries. In the US the firm has 83 offices, with the recent addition of San Antonio upping the total by one more, and adding a further office to the four hubs already in Texas (in Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston).

In a bid to take advantage of the growing economic prosperity of the seventh largest city of the US, PwC is returning to San Antonio in full services strength, after leaving the city in 1999 when it closed the then audit-only office.

The new 6,000 square feet office is located on the 9th floor of the Concord Plaza building on 200 Concord Plaza Drive. The location is somewhat a-typical for the firm however, not being located in the city’s downtown. The new office is instead tactically located close to the central interstate ring and airport – for easy access to both clients and employees. “Typically, PwC is in downtown real estate in pretty much every city we operate in,” San Antonio Office Leader Matthew Duffey says. “We looked at a lot of different places, downtown included. With San Antonio there's a central business district, but companies we do business with aren't centrally located.”

The location also provides good access to shopping and lunch options for employees, the firm needing to cater to the expectations of the millennial generation as they come to fill the firm’s ranks. The new office has a staff of 20, of which half are millennials, with the Big Four giant planning to triple its employee size over the coming three years. “We selected the area because, for us, the people we hire are millennials,” Duffey remarks. "We wanted to be in close proximity to the Pearl, since with our new employees starting up, many of them are looking at Lower Broadway to relocate and live.”

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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.”