Azets to add 250 jobs as firm targets 50% growth in Scotland

Azets to add 250 jobs as firm targets 50% growth in Scotland

Peter Gallanagh

Accountancy firm Azets has announced plans to grow the business in Scotland by 50% during the next five years, creating 250 new jobs and taking turnover to more than £60 million.

Launched in 2020 following a rebrand of leading independent accountancy firms, Azets has grown rapidly and now employs around 500 partners and staff in Scotland. As part of the 50% growth drive, the business is making a multi-million-pound investment in a fully digitised, mobile-enabled hybrid working environment.

Staff are being encouraged to ‘Work From Anywhere’ (WFA) with significant investment being made in the latest infrastructure and systems to support the transformation.

Azets is also upgrading its network of 8 offices across Scotland. The office investment programme includes new offices on Albyn Place in Aberdeen and The Reel House in Glasgow, the former Art Deco Odeon cinema on Regent Street.

Existing offices will also receive a multi-million-pound investment including the 25,000 sq ft office in Braehead where a new flexible working environment will be created to suit the new world of work. The Edinburgh and Perth offices are also scheduled for remodelling to ensure all offices are fully integrated with the ‘WFA’ working culture and can provide staff and clients with agile and flexible working spaces.

Peter Gallanagh, CEO for Scotland and The North, said: “Office life is changing rapidly and forever, as is the support needed by our clients. Our new offices will provide our staff with the space they need to deliver outstanding client service and where our clients can engage with our staff in the most efficient manner possible.

“Digitisation is key to our investment strategy as clients want top quality advice and rapid access to information at any given time, and staff want the flexibility and freedom to integrate work with their other commitments. Azets is responding by investing in the best ‘WFA’ infrastructure available.”

The five-year plan unveiled by Azets will see the business create at least 250 new jobs at all levels across Scotland by 2026. An internal communications drive has also been launched to promote internal mobility, support staff with their career ambitions and ensure they can access the best opportunities at every level, wherever they may be.

Greig McKnight, regional managing partner, Glasgow office, added: “For too long career ambitions in professional services have been thwarted by the lack of opportunities within the local area. If an opportunity arises at the other end of the country, and it is right for the individual, Azets will provide them with the support needed to secure that position. Our business has a long tradition of recruiting and developing school leavers and graduates. We want to ensure our staff can pursue their careers within the business and are supported in their ambitions.”

Peter Gallanagh added: “Our investment and growth plan is heavily weighted towards organic growth, but we are also looking at further acquisitions, in particular niche firms that could bring an expertise or specialisation that will add value to our extensive public and private sector client base.”

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