Following the move to its new ‘Google-esque’ style office and strong growth in the last year, leading business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry has outlined plans to open a Birmingham office.
The firm, which joined forces with the global accountancy network PKF International in January 2014, is looking to create a base with 75 or more staff in the city centre.
PKF Cooper Parry are currently looking at the options for the move into the West Midlands market, be it through a merger, acquisition or taking key individuals on board.
CEO at PKF Cooper Parry Ade Cheatham said the new Birmingham office would be a reflection of the firm’s ambitious and bold three year plan.
He said: “Since moving to our new office, which visitors have dubbed ‘Google-esque’ in its design, layout and atmosphere, we’ve been full steam ahead with our plans for expansion and domination of our market aiming to double in size in the next 3 years.
“We would want to be in the heart of the business community, so we wouldn’t want to service it, or even try to service it, from the East Midlands. We need to be in Birmingham city centre where the action is.”
Ade added that the move was part of a very clear and defined plan, recently outlined at the firm’s CEO roadshows where all team members from trainees to Directors, attend an annual strategy session.
He said: “I see our continued success as a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every single member of our team, from board members to students. We are really flying at the moment, with our business growing and many of our clients expanding too which has been helped by our international links.
“Now we’re at a point of standing back, taking stock and looking to the future and where we go next. We’ve got a clear plan of how to do that.”
The firm brought staff from its Nottingham, Derby and Leicester bases under one roof at the East Midlands Airport “super office” in May last year.
It has also taken on 60 new team members over the last 12 months – bringing its headcount to 220 – and is currently recruiting across most parts of the business. Wealth management grew by 57 per cent last year, and there was a 25% growth in its tax and audit business.
Ade added that as well as collaboration with other UK firms, joining up with PKF International has provided a platform for international work.
“Our clients were increasingly looking overseas in terms of their aspirations and where they’re taking trading. We needed a stronger international network, support and a greater reach, which PKF gave us.
“The level of inbound work we’re seeing and opportunities introduced to us from overseas member firms is significantly higher than we’ve ever seen,” he said.