Grant Thornton comes to the University of Southampton Science Park
Tue 18th April 2017
Accountancy firm to launch co-working space in the south. With similar office set-ups in Chelmsford, St Albans, Oxford and London, global accountancy firm Grant Thornton has chosen the University of Southampton Science Park for its latest co-working initiative.
The innovative new environment is set to launch in June and will see 65 client-facing staff using the Chilworth site as their base. The move is part of the firm’s strategy to bring people and ideas together to help shape a more vibrant economy.
Designed by award-winning workspace fitters, Area Sq, the workspace will bring a host of features together to encourage inspirational and agile working. These include networking and coffee zones, meeting booths, a board room, call pods, and flexible project space.
The new centre will provide a nucleus for Grant Thornton’s southern networks, so regional businesses can come together, exchange ideas, attend events, and access expert advice. The firm is aligned with the Science Park’s mission to build a community which spans a range of sectors, including students, private, public, not-for-profit and social enterprise, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators.
Norman Armstrong, Partner at Grant Thornton LLP Southampton, believes the enterprising new environment will bring wide-reaching benefits to its staff, clients and business people predominantly based in the Solent and M3 corridor region.
“We believe today’s world is all about connecting across businesses and industries, between public and private, which we have a strong track record of doing,” he said. “Working with dynamic growing businesses is in our DNA.”
Peter Birkett, CEO at Southampton Science Park, commented: “After winning the Business Park of the Year Award at the South Coast Property Awards and with the opening of our showcase office at 5 Benham Campus, it has been a landmark 12 months for the Science Park and the arrival of Grant Thornton reinforces this. With our shared vision for economic growth in the region and our culture of collaboration, the benefit will be felt not just by the Science Park community but also across the wider regional economy.”