KSA opens new office in Manchester, North West

15 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

Corporate recovery and insolvency consultancy KSA Group has opened a new office in Manchester. To lead the office and expansion plans in the Manchester region, the firm has hired Amanda Eckersley. 

KSA Group was founded in 1999 by Keith Steven and has grown to a medium-sized firm specialised in the area of corporate recovery, turnaround, insolvency and administrations. The consulting firm has since its foundation built a strong track record in its field, working with more than 5,000 people and 500 businesses on a variety of projects. KSA Group currently has 15 consultants, across offices in eight UK cities.

Keith Steven - Amanda Eckersley - KSA Group

In line with its growth strategy, KSA Group has decided to expand its footprint with a presence in Manchester. “The opening of our new Manchester office marks the next stage in KSA Group’s growth and ‘plugs a gap’,” says Managing Director Keith Steven. To spearhead growth in the city Amanda Eckersley has been appointed as regional manager. Eckersley has worked in insolvency for ten years, covering the full spectrum, including Bankruptcy, IVAs, Compulsory Liquidations, MVLs and Administrations. “I am delighted to welcome Amanda to our growing KSA team with her deep experience in insolvency and asset based lending. I am sure that she will be a valuable new team member and that she will help many North West businesses,” says Steven.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work within the KSA group at the new Manchester office,” says Eckersley on her new role.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”