KPMG’s flagship Manchester office is to get a £5.5 million investment.
In the spring of 2023, the multinational provider of professional services will unveil Ignition North, a new 25,000-square-foot “collaborative hub designed to stimulate creativity and promote digital transformation.”
The business claimed it would also revamp its larger office space using the money.
According to KPMG, the Ignition team will assist customers from the moment an idea is conceived all the way through to the design, prototyping, and development of solutions using a variety of techniques, tools, and technologies.
Meetings, presentations, and casual get-togethers between co-workers, clients, and the firm’s wider networks will be prioritised in the office, which will be repurposed.
KPMG’s Manchester base is home to 1,200 employees, including more than 260 people in technology roles.
Jon Holt, chief executive of KPMG UK, said: “Manchester’s thriving tech centre is a hive of activity and the city has really established its reputation on the world’s stage as a leader in this field. Its strong business community and access to talent make this the perfect location for us to invest as a firm.
“Our new Ignition Centre in Manchester will support a huge range of incredible businesses in the region and more widely, bringing together insights, people, and technology to accelerate innovation and help them solve some of their most complex problems.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham added: “This investment, which will create new jobs in our digital and tech sectors, is a real vote of confidence in Greater Manchester’s thriving innovation economy.
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“We’re the fastest-growing digital and tech hub in Europe, and Ignition North will be part of an expanding network of businesses and working spaces across our city-region driving that growth.”
Warren Middleton, Manchester office senior partner, said: “Bringing Ignition to Manchester really demonstrates the potential and growth trajectory of the office and the region more broadly.
“It’s been fantastic to hear the enthusiasm from our clients and stakeholders about the programme.
“When it comes to the office redesign, we believe it’s important to listen to what people want to see in the space and how they want to use it, so we will be reflecting their thoughts in the changes.
Source: Business Live