Practice round-up: PwC, Mazars, and more…

Practice round-up: PwC, Mazars, and more...

Accountancy Age's weekly round-up of practice news, including new teams, acquisitions and office moves.

Practice round-up: PwC, Mazars, and more…

PwC opens largest UK regional office in Birmingham

PwC has opened its largest UK office outside of London at One Chamberlain Square in Birmingham.

The Big Four firm will occupy the whole of the commercial space in the seven storey, 172,000sq ft office building.

Its move marks its continued growth in the Midlands, with the Birmingham team surpassing 2,000 colleagues, with a planned target of 2,300 by the end of 2020.

The growing team represents a major push by PwC across the UK, which means it now employs over 10,000 staff outside London. It is also planning to invest £140m in FY19/20 in people, quality, training, technology and upskilling.

PwC has also collaborated with a design team to create a workspace designed to give both staff and clients a choice of flexible, tech-enabled settings.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC UK said: “This is PwC’s largest property investment outside London to date. We are committed to working with government and other organisations to play our part in building a vibrant and sustainable economy across the UK. By 2021 we plan to have added 1,000 new roles in Birmingham, and we’re moving quickly to reach this target with 700 of these new jobs already created.”

“This new office complements our other investments across the UK, including Bristol, Reading, Leeds, Bradford Manchester, Edinburgh, and we’ll be opening a new Belfast office in late 2020 in response to our growth in Northern Ireland. We have been investing and developing our workforce across the UK, by creating inclusive employment and training opportunities for people from all backgrounds.”

Mazars moves to new Sutton office

The accountancy and advisory firm has moved to a new base in Sutton. Mazars has leased the space on a ten-year term.

Mike Bailey, Sutton office managing partner said: “We are a long-established part of Sutton’s vibrant business community, and this move gives our team the right environment to communicate and collaborate: and ultimately deliver even greater service to our clients.

“This move sets us up for the future: our Sutton team has developed to 126 people during our time in our current premises. The time is right to make this move: we have a great team which will continue to expand alongside our ambitious plans for growth.”

Smith Butler goes for growth with new office

Bradford-based accountancy firm Smith Butler has moved into brand-new premises on Otley Road, Baildon after securing six-figure funding from NatWest.

The funding has also financed a six-month refurbishment and fit-out of the two-storey space, including an upgrade of the current IT systems to support a paperless and digital future, as well as the construction of new meeting rooms, partitions and conference facilities.

The firm will initially recruit 10 new team members to help with the continual influx of new clients, with the potential to hire up to 60 additional employees as the business expands over the next five years.

Jason Butler, co-founder of Smith Butler firm, said: “Our new offices are perfect as we have designed every detail from scratch to meet with the fast-growing needs of our business and clients. We have set everything up to be as digital as possible to deal with the continual digitalisation of the industry and our continued expansion.”

Moore Global enhances its presence in the Czech Republic

The former BDO Advisory Czech Republic firm has joined Moore Global.

The firm has moved to the network brand and will trade as Moore.

Led by Petr Kymlicka and Radovan Hauk, the firm has more than 40 employees and is headquartered in Prague. It brings with it, its fully owned subsidiaries, Servodata, DataScript and S-COMP providing technology development and training capability.

Moore Global will support the firm’s ambitious plans to develop full-service capability within 12-18 months. Key sectors served include energy, healthcare, public sector and automotive, as well as aviation, telecoms and real estate.

Moore Global CEO, Anton Colella, said: “This is a firm with strong ambition, supported by a track record of effective delivery and growth. Their focus on consulting is attractive at a time when clients face greater complexity and increasingly need professionals who can offer compelling, broad business solutions.

“Petr and Radovan have built a business capable of meeting and exceeding these needs. I am confident that their addition to the Moore Global network will support our strategy for Europe and beyond.”

Sayer Vincent announces 2020 training programme

Sayer Vincent, the firm of charity auditors and advisers, has announced its 2020 training events programme, which includes 14 events in London and Birmingham.

The programme will open with a technical update seminar aimed at charity finance professionals in London on 29th January 2020. It will offer a summary of key updates and changes laws and regulations that will impact the charity sector in 2020, including VAT, tax financial reporting, SORP and governance.

The seminars will be run by Sayer Vincent’s charity finance and governance experts.

Jonathan Orchard, Partner at Sayer Vincent, said: “We run our training programme to support finance teams working in both large and small organisations to help them become more effective in how they manage their finances and achieve the best outcomes for their beneficiaries.”

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