Accountantcy firm PwC is relocating its 80-strong team to Sheffield’s most prestigious office block – St Paul’s Place – in a major endorsement of the region’s prospects.
Bosses say it also reflects the firm’s commitment to the city, it’s corporate board made the decision to move 18 months ago when the country was gripped by recession.
PwC has been in Sheffield for nearly 65 years, including 25 years in the Pawson Brailsford building at No1 High Street, next to the Anglican Cathedral .
It is the only one of the Big Four global accountancy firms with an office in Sheffield City Region and it claims its international experience can benefit companies such as clients AESSEAL, who are in more than 40 countries, and the increasing number exporting for the first time.
New neighbours will include fellow ‘global professional services’ firms DLA Piper and Barclays.
The move will take place in October.
The last time PwC moved offices in Sheffield – from Cross Burgess Street – the partners sent a letter to staff saying, ‘get ready to pack, we are moving in two weeks’.
This time, office managing partner Andy Ward says he has involved everyone since it was announced.
“We wanted the relocation process to be an opportunity for our staff to have their say in how the new office should function and feel. We had great fun creating a space that has the identity of the region. It will also give us the additional space we need as we continue to recruit and attract the best talent and expand our client base. More than anything it will be somewhere we will be proud to welcome our staff, clients and our community partners.”
The plan is to recruit eight npeople over the next three years, he added.
Ian Morrison, PwC’s Yorkshire & North East regional leader said: “Yorkshire continues to be an area of focus and investment for the firm.
“Our new Sheffield office will reflect our reputation as one of the leading professional services organisation in the city.’’
The architects behind PwC’s current office building are celebrating 180 years in business. See pages 4 and 5.