Baker Tilly Scotland opens new office in Grangemouth

22 August 2014

Accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly has relocated its Grangemouth office in Scotland to a new 5,000 square foot accommodation at Earls Gate Business Park. The new office will allow the firm to better service its local clients as its location offers direct access to Grangemouth, Falkirk and Junctions 5/6 of the M9.

Baker Tilly in Scotland offers a full range of audit, accountancy, tax, corporate finance, restructuring and advisory services from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grangemouth and Shetland, The new office in Grangemouth will initially operate with three partners and 40 staff.

Robert Ross - Patrick Norris - Baker Tilly

“Our investment in a modern, bespoke office in Grangemouth underlines Baker Tilly’s long term commitment to the town and the wider area. The new location benefits from excellent transport links and a fantastic conurbation of business. We have a high quality  local workforce and the office provides the perfect base from which we can best serve our clients and continue to grow our business,” says Robert Ross, Managing Partner for Baker Tilly in Scotland.

Patrick Norris, the partner who leads the Grangemouth location adds: “The whole team is hugely excited by the new offices and the opportunity to grow our business further in this key location.”


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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.”