Deloitte Digital opens Edinburgh studio, 3rd in UK

08 March 2016

Deloitte Digital is continuing its global expansion with the launch of a new studio in Edinburgh. The studio will meet local demand for combined technology, creative and consulting expertise – as well as provide a ‘greenhouse’ space in which clients and Deloitte Digital expertise can mingle.

Deloitte Digital has made headlines recently, following its acquisition of US-based creative agency Heat. The Big Four’s consulting, creative and technology studio – developed in response to demand for a complete solution to meeting changing customer needs – has seen impressive organic and inorganic growth since its inception in 2012. Today, the studio has revenues of more than $1.5 billion and employs more than 26,000 in 100 countries. The studio’s UK footprint tellies more than 1,700 people from studios in London and Belfast.

Demand for technological solutions, embedded within creative designs from the Scottish public and private sector clients, has increased, as companies and organisations seek to provide beautifully responsive streamlined services for citizens and customers alike – as well as leverage the wider potential cost savings and efficiencies through digital solutions.

To meet the growing demand, Deloitte Digital recent announced it would enter the Scottish market, setting up a footprint in Edinburgh. Over the coming five years, the firm intends to increase staff levels in the region to 70. Additionally, Deloitte Digital is opening a space called the ‘greenhouse’, where business acumen, technological prowess and creative power can help clients develop “disruptive, innovative and transformative solutions”. Deloitte will seek to hire creative, technology and consulting talent to staff the new studio.

“Clients bring us their challenges, we reimagine their future. To us, the question is about much more than ‘being digital.’ It’s about how we use digital to inspire engagement, preference, and loyalty from people. It’s about how we transform behaviours, services and organisations,” says Angela Mitchell, the Deloitte Partner in Scotland. “To do that, businesses today need a different kind of partner – one that tears down the traditional model of creative, tech, and business services-in-silo. Deloitte Digital is creating a new model – we’re an agency and a consultancy.”


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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.”