ICT firm Unicorn Systems opens office in Netherlands

19 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

The Czech ICT service provider Unicorn Systems has opened a branch in the Netherlands. With the new office, its first in Western Europe, the company wants to gain access to the Dutch and West European market. 

Unicorn Systems, founded in 1990 by the Czech Vadimír KováÅ™, supplies a wide range of ICT consultancy, development and managed services. Within a few years, the company grew to become one of the leading service providers of the country, and in 2005 it opened its first international office, in the UK. For the coming years, the company has announced further internationalisation plans, including in the Netherlands, with a new office in Arnhem as a result.

Unicorn Systems

Unicorn Systems realizes some large IT projects in the Netherlands, especially in the energy sector, its biggest clients include the energy companies TenneT, BritNed and APX-ENDEX. In addition to the energy and utilities sector, Unicorn Systems plans, through its new office in the Netherlands, to focus on the realisation of IT projects for banks and insurance companies.

Besides supporting Dutch customers, the new office will also operate the West European market. “The Netherlands offers, thanks to its geographical position, ideal possibilities to be as close as possible to our clients in Western Europe, and to be able to quickly respond to their needs,” says Jan Konrád – International Services Director of Unicorn Systems. Konrád expects the Dutch branch of Unicorn Systems to gradually expand to 30 senior ICT specialists.

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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.”