Sourcing specialist Alsbridge opens office in Toronto

16 May 2014

Alsbridge, a global specialist in the area of sourcing, has opened a new office in Toronto, Canada. With the new office it aims at better serving its growing Canadian client base. The focus will in the coming period mainly be on clients in the oil and gas, financials, high tech and government sectors.

Founded in 2003 as the Trowbridge Group, Alsbridge has grown to become one of the leading specialists in the field of sourcing. The name change from Trowbridge Group to Alsbridge occurred in 2005, after it merged with London-based ALS Consulting. Currently the consulting firm has roughly 150 consultants spread across seven offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

“We are experiencing significant growth in Canada, including a large number of firms headquartered in Toronto, which we attribute to favorable market conditions and our proven ability to deliver outstanding value,” says Chip Wagner, CEO of Alsbridge. “Canadian companies, domestic and multinational, look to us to help them reduce costs, improve operations, and get more value from their vendors.”

Alsbridge - Toronto

The Candian office wil be led by Robert Joslin, who has more than a decade of experience advising Canadian firms with identifying and developing sourcing solutions for IT, data centers, call centers, human resources, Finance & Accounting and other impact areas.

“Most of our clients in Canada are tapping us for counsel and best practices on sourcing strategies, particularly for IT and business process outsourcing, as well as network sourcing and management, transformation management, benchmarking, and vendor management and governance,” says Joslin.


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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.”