KPMG to invest £5.5 million in its Manchester office
The firm will build Ignition North, a new 25,000sq foot collaborative hub designed to spark innovation and support digital transformation.
The firm will build Ignition North, a new 25,000sq foot collaborative hub designed to spar
KPMG UK has announced a £5.5 million investment in its flagship Manchester office at One St Peter’s Square, which will enhance the services it offers to businesses in the region and provide improved working spaces for colleagues.
The firm will build Ignition North, a new 25,000sq foot collaborative hub designed to spark innovation and support digital transformation, as well as redesigning its wider office space.
The new centre will be home to KPMG’s Ignition team. Along with technology experts from across KPMG, the Ignition team will support clients from the start of an idea all the way through to the design, prototyping and development of solutions using a combination of methods, tools and technologies.
As part of the Manchester office redesign, the company is also rethinking the traditional office layout to cater for new and developing ways of working. The space will be repurposed to prioritise meetings, presentations and informal get-togethers between colleagues, clients and the firm’s wider networks.
KPMG’s Manchester office is home to 1,200 employees, including more than 260 people in technology roles. Ignition North will create jobs in the city as the firm recruits to support its new offering.
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 makes 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 said: “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. 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 at KPMG UK, 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. Once the work has been completed, the office will feature a range of different workstations, ranging from traditional desks to collaboration tables for teams and informal ‘touch down’ spaces for people who might be in-between meetings.
“I am delighted we can make these significant changes and commitment to our Manchester office, supporting our own growth and that of our clients in the region.”
The Ignition North centre will feature a range of highly flexible collaboration spaces:
- Sprint rooms: to allow clients to come together with KPMG and alliance partners for weeks and months to design and develop detailed ideas and digital solutions.
- Discovery and Insights Centre: a state-of-the-art facility to showcase the latest data & analytics and artificial intelligence tools. Companies can engage in real-time data exploration and scenario testing, and prototype development for big data systems, data visualisation, machine learning, predictive analytics, and optimisation.
- The Lab: where teams of 10-30 can translate ideas into specific strategies, solutions and plans.
Ignition North is due to open in Spring 2023.
KPMG’s Ignition North in Manchester follows the launch of its London Ignition Centre in 2020. The Manchester hub will join London as part of KPMG’s global network of Ignition centres. They all support KPMG’s clients and colleagues across all sectors and markets, helping them harness technology and innovate.
More information on Ignition can be found here.
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