National accountancy and business advisory firm Haines Watts has invested more than £1.5 million in a number of its UK offices – in a drive to modernise and revamp its existing space.
The company says the investment will help to create a more flexible work culture for its younger workforce.
In August, BusinessLive reported how Haines Watts amalgamated two offices in Birmingham into one central location in Greenfield Crescent in Edgbaston. The new office now provides additional space for employees and clients to meet and host business events and social gatherings.
Michael Davidson, managing partner at Haines Watts, said: “We know agile and flexible working is attractive to the ‘future of work’, so our new offices in Birmingham have no fixed allocated seating and our most recent London acquisitions have been brought into our Holborn office, taking a similar approach.
“We are even looking at co-working spaces for clients in our future plans and are very keen to lead the way in being a modern business unafraid to adopt change.”
Jonathan Scott, partner at the Haines Watts Newcastle office, has been instrumental in the Newcastle office move which was completed in October.
After merging with another practice in the North East, the firm had soon outgrown its existing office space.
He said: “We wanted something a bit quirky that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with an accountancy business – an office completely focussed on an integrated work-life balance.
“Once we’d chosen the location, we sought advice from people across all departments about what kind of changes they might like to see. We also worked with an interior designer to help develop a space which promotes employee wellbeing.”
Stephen Lucey, partner at the Haines Watts Cardiff office, said: “Having previously combined three offices and with a continually growing team, we have demolished walls – literally and figuratively – to create a brighter, more spacious working environment. To help with our agile working policies we’ve eliminated desk telephones, meaning that nobody feels fixed to any one physical position.”
The Haines Watts teams from Farringdon and Shoreditch have merged with the Holburn hub in the new London base at New Derwent House.
The new space, which is now home to over 150 Haines Watts employees, is designed for ‘Activity Based Working’ with designated spaces for learning, focussing, collaborating and socialising.
Matt Perry, managing partner at the Holborn office, said: “Change always comes with challenges and we’ve found that communication, consultation and a willingness to take feedback have been key factors in managing this process.
“Embracing change and creating a more modern work culture is the future of the Haines Watts workforce.”
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