Rushport Advisory opens office in Belfast, 3rd in UK

04 December 2015

Rushport Advisory has opened a new office in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The new office will provide the firm with better access to clients in the region as demand for the firm’s specialised pharmacy services has increased.

Rushport Advisory is a boutique pharmacy, healthcare property development and LIFT, and pharmacy transactions consulting practice. The firm was founded in 2011 by Conor Daly, and is situated on Barnes High Street in London, with an additional office operated in Bolton (led by John Devlin).

The firm has, in recent years, been actively securing pharmacy licences for clients across the UK through the various ‘control of entry’ regulations, which grants them permission to open new pharmacies or relocate existing ones. Besides securing licences, the consulting firm has also been actively advising private equity, investors and administrators, and has worked on some of the largest pharmacy transaction deals in recent history.

Rushport Advisory - Belfast

As part of the firm’s expansion across the UK it recently opened a new premise in Belfast. The new office is situated besides the Belfast City Airport. The reason for the expansion is to increase its presence in an area of the UK that has seen considerable work for the firm, allowing staff to meet clients directly.

“The first ever new pharmacy contract that we won was in Northern Ireland on 10th September 1997. This was also the first pharmacy contract ever approved inside a supermarket in Northern Ireland and we had to take the case to court before it was finally approved after nearly 3 years of trying!,” explains Conor Daly, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Since that time we have acted on behalf of many different pharmacy owners applying for, or objecting to, pharmacy applications or relocations within the province.”

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

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.”