New Manchester office for Crowe Clark Whitehill

29 August 2014

Accounting and consulting firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, part of the international network of Crowe Horwath, is set to move into a new office in Manchester. According to Manchester office Managing Partner Michael Jayson the move will prove a significant positive change for the professional services firm in the north west.

Early September, Crowe Clark Whitehill will complete its move from its current office in Manchester to ‘The Lexicon’ at 10 Mount Street. The building is well located – virtually at the epicentre of the prime St Peters Square, Spinningfields and King Street office locations. The Lexicon was originally called ‘Television House’ as it was once home to the Independent Television Commission, yet it has been extensively refurbished in recent years and now comprises of ten modern floors of offices, above five ground floor retail units. 

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Michael Jayson, Managing Partner of Crowe Clark Whitehill’s Manchester office, is delighted with the relocation. “It marks a really positive step forward in Crowe Clark Whitehill’s long term investment in Manchester and the region,” he says. “Our new offices are much more suited to our needs and include a larger and more up-to-date seminar room able to accommodate more than 50 delegates as well as tele-conference facilities in the meeting rooms."

During the real estate transaction, Crowe Clarke Whitehall was advised by Lorraine Lockie of solicitors Gorvins. OBI Property represented the national audit, tax and advisory firm on the leasehold acquisition and in addition OBI’s consultancy team has been appointed to project manage the fit-out works for the office. For the interior design of the new office, Crowe Clarke Whitehall has brought in the expertise of Charter Design Architects.

“We are delighted to welcome Crowe Clark Whitehill to The Lexicon,” says Andrew Joseph of PD Properties, the landlord of the building in Manchester.


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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.”