KPMG sets up at Interchange, start-up hub in Camden

18 November 2015 Consultancy.uk

KPMG has set up shop in the new Interchange entrepreneurial hub in Camden, London. The new 84,000 sq. ft. space provides start-ups with access to a wide range of facilities, including professional services, providing them with the conditions to spur growth. The team, led by Jonathan Roomer, will provide a holistic support network. 

The Interchange is a new area in Camden that provides 84,000 sq. ft. of space for entrepreneurs and creatives. The space, recently opened, provides entrepreneurs with a co-working space and a range of support and facilities such as an on-site gym, restaurant, bar and event spaces. The area is designed to provide an outlet for product entrepreneurs with retail space in the iconic Camden Markets, while also providing access to a range of professional support specialists and investors that will help new start-ups grow.

KPMG team to provide holistic solution at Interchange

One of the support specialists is professional services firm KPMG. As part of the firm’s entrepreneurial programme, which supports London’s start-up and small business community, the consulting firm has opened an operations at the Interchange. KPMG will offer a team to design a holistic support network for the fast growing local businesses.

The team stationed at the Interchange, dubbed KPMG@Interchange, will be led by the firm’s High Growth Technology veteran Jonathan Roomer, whose past includes co-founding a start-up. He remarks about the location and programme that “the combination of Camden’s rich history and the explosion of innovation in London makes Interchange an exciting place to be. We are looking forward to being active within the community, and helping companies to grow.”

Commenting on the move, Ben McDonald, Head of Enterprise for London Region at KPMG, says: “Camden has long been recognised as one of the most vibrant quarters of London and Interchange is the perfect setting for a growing breed of creative entrepreneurs to thrive in. We strongly believe in this area and our investment here signals our belief in the potential Camden has to provide a nurturing home for growing businesses.”

Jonathan Roomer, Ben McDonald and Vanessa Butz

Vanessa Butz, Managing Director of Interchange, adds: “Interchange is focused on helping entrepreneurs and creative companies achieve success and take their business to the next level. A key part of this is facilitating the connections, advice and support to make this possible and therefore we're delighted to welcome KPMG to the Triangle Building as a valuable addition to our community.”

A recent analysis from Compass shows that London is the globe's 6th best city for start-ups. The journey to success will however be a long one – a study from Deloitte, which analysed the evolution of more than 900,000 start-ups globally, reveals that 50% of new enterprises fail before their fifth year of revenue.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”