Leading chartered accountants and business advisers PKF Francis Clark relocated to larger premises on 9 April 2018.
160 staff members moved to Centenary House, Peninsula Business Park, Exeter, just a stone’s throw from the firm’s previous premises at Vantage Point on Pynes Hill. The newly refurbished office space has been renamed to reflect the firm’s upcoming 100th Birthday celebrations in 2019.
The move has been prompted by sustained year on year growth for the UK Top 20 accountancy firm which now has 8 offices across the South and South West of England, of which Exeter is the largest. PKF Francis Clark has an annual revenue of £41 million, the firm employs a team of over 700 people and 55 partners, 14 of which will be based at the new Exeter office.
PKF Francis Clark will enjoy sole occupancy at the new building comprising 18,000 sq. ft. of space over two floors, almost double the area currently occupied at Vantage Point, meaning all teams and specialisms can operate from there.
Visitors to the new office will be greeted by larger and more spacious meeting areas, be able to charge their electric car in the car park, or enjoy the office’s courtyard Zen style garden. The interiors and spaces have been designed to encourage collaborative and creative working. The materials reflect the Devon landscape: glass, timber and slate and its colour scheme includes bright modern colours with a variety of textures and patterns running through both decorations and furnishing, with artwork by local artist Amanda Sabin.
PKF Francis Clark’s Managing Partner, Andrew Richards commented: “Exeter is the geographical centre of the firm and a great place to do business. As we approach our centenary year, our new office will help further enhance our client offering and experience and will provide an attractive modern working environment for our staff.
“The move has been prompted by the firm’s rapid growth in recent years. There have been a number of significant mergers and in 2016, the firm joined the PKF International Network of professional firms. These substantial developments have been reflected in rising staff numbers, investment in new sectors, new clients of all sizes and increased turnover.”
Exeter Office Managing Partner Sean Grinsted said: “We are looking forward to welcoming clients, both existing and new to Centenary House and hope that the fantastic new workspace will help inspire and encourage our continued expansion and success.”