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KPMG has announced the opening of a new office in the heart of Norwich.
The accountancy firm has taken over the ground floor of Dragonfly House on the bank of the River Wensum in Norwich, where their team of multi-disciplinary specialists will be based.
The Big Four firm plans to have a full strength team in place by mid-September who will offer a range of KPMG services, across tax, audit and advisory. In particular, the office is keen to introduce its Enterprise teams to the local market. KPMG Enterprise focuses on working with privately owned startups through to large businesses, offering advisory services for smaller and larger groups and listed businesses.
Commenting on the move, Steve Muncey, Head of Norwich office and regional chairman for KPMG in the East of England said :
“KPMG has been working with businesses here for decades so we are delighted to have a physical office back in the city which will further strengthen our relationships here.
“In the nearly two decades since we left the transformation to the region has been fantastic, and Norwich is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with an incredibly vibrant local economy - a mix of early stage, SME and corporate businesses which suits our broad range of services perfectly.
“Given our other East of England office in Cambridge we have a number of really skilled people working in the areas of, for example technology, life sciences and innovation which I think fits really well with the businesses on the Research Park and of course we are a global business, which I believe will play to the strengths of the growing number of global FS businesses here in Norwich.”
It is hoped that as KPMG generates further new clients in the region they will be able to start recruiting before Christmas. Joe Faulkner is head of business development for KPMG in the East of England and will be working closely Steve Muncey in the new Norwich offices.
PwC’s office at 3 St James Court has won the British Council of Offices (BCO) ‘fit out of the year’ award for East Anglia and the Midlands and will now go through to a national final.
Andy Grimbly, PwC’s Norwich office senior partner said: “This accolade reinforces the message that Norwich is a major centre for business excellence. We are all very proud of our award winning office and this recognition is as much for the development team at Jarrold & Sons and the construction team at RG Carter as it is for our team.”
The judges commented: “This is a great project from a number of perspectives but the single most impressive aspect is the way in which PwC, architects BDP and the wider teams have successfully married the aspirations of one of ‘The Big 4’ professional services firms with the needs of the local community. Everything about this project was extremely well considered from the staff engagement process through to the utilisation of the local workforce in the construction project itself. The impression when entering the workspace for the first time is one of ‘welcome’ coupled with professionalism. The workspace is a relaxed environment, which incorporates some clever touches and is a testament to the time taken by all involved to get the right balance.”
Chris Maw, PwC’s senior partner in Norwich at the time of the move said: “It was a real pleasure for me to work on the outfitting of our Norwich office with such professional and expert teams. I feel we now have a modern workspace that is not only a part of Norwich’s vibrant business scene but the wider community as well.”
PwC moved from premises on St George’s Street, their Norwich base for over 30 years, to 3 St James Court in September last year, reaffirming their commitment to the city and the wider region.
Rob Carter, Director at RG Carter who constructed and fitted out the new office said: “PwC now have a great space in which to work and support their clients and we were very impressed with the specifications for the outfitting. We are very pleased to have been involved in this project and wish the team very best luck for the national finals.”
David Hill, Executive Chairman of Jarrold & Sons Ltd, owners and developers of the new office quarter at St James Place said: “Our development is really taking shape now. We continue to attract high quality tenants like PwC, reinforcing the message that St James Place is a fantastic development at which to locate your business in Norwich. This award is a real credit to all involved.”