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KPMG Relocates to Marischal Square

Marischal Square is the most significant development designed to transform the centre of Aberdeen. It’s a place where an imaginative mix of offices, quality restaurants, coffee shops, hotel, open space and art come together to create a fresh, vibrant, new destination in the heart of Aberdeen’s city centre.

KPMG has announced plans to relocate to the multi-million pound Marischal Square development in Aberdeen, as it eyes further growth in the city.

KPMG is a British-Dutch multinational professional services network, and one of the Big Four accounting organisations.

Historically, the area was known as New Aberdeen. Inspired by its rich historical past, we have created a new place where business and pleasure come together for a bright future. New thinking for a new Aberdeen.

The leading professional services firm will relocate from its current base in Albyn Place to the new city centre location in the Spring.

Final designs and planning are current underway, with more than 140 auditors and advisors moving to KPMG’s new north east home, which will be located on the fourth floor of 1 Marischal Square.

Marischal Square is right in the heart of the city centre. This area forms a central nucleus for business to prosper. It also forms an area that centres around leisure; a bright open courtyard with coffee shops, restaurants, covered space and public space, with gardens where people can socialise, dine out and take relaxed business meetings.

This is an area that’s central to Aberdeen life – an area buzzing with activity. This is not just business central, it’s social central too. Welcome to Marischal Square.

The relocation has been designed to create greater flexibility, bringing teams together for the first time in one open-plan, collaborative space. Plans are also underway to enable clients to make the most of the central location, with event, breakout and shared working spaces.

Ernst & Young Appoints Ally Scott as New Managing Partner

Ernst & Young Global Limited, doing business as EY, is a multinational professional services network with headquarters in London, England. EY is one of the largest professional services networks in the world.

EY has for the first time appointed someone who is not a chartered accountant to head its Scottish operation, and flagged major hiring plans.

EY is the largest professional services firm in Scotland, with an ongoing investment to grow their Scottish workforce.

Ally Scott, who joined the accountancy firm’s Scottish operation from banking giant Barclays in autumn 2016 as head of transaction advisory services, will succeed Mark Harvey as EY’s managing partner for Scotland on July 1. Mr Harvey will remain a partner of EY until next April, before joining car retailing giant Arnold Clark as chief financial officer in the summer of 2020.

A spokeswoman for EY confirmed that Ally would be the first leader of the Scottish business who was not a chartered accountant.

EY highlighted its ambitions to increase its current Scottish workforce of about 1,000 by 25 per cent over the next 12 months.

EY has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

EY noted Mr Harvey had, since taking on the Scotland managing partner role in 2015, raised the annual revenues of the accountancy firm’s Scottish business from about £100 million to £170m.

The EY spokeswoman noted some of the new jobs would be in the data analytics, automation and digital area, but emphasised hiring would be broadly based, citing a ramping up of activity across assurance, advisory and tax operations.