PKF has announced plans to grow its northern office with the creation of a new Financial Services team.
Headed by the firm’s new Financial Services Partner, Martin Watson, PKF’s expansion will create up to 50 new jobs in Leeds over the next three years.
The new unit will join PKF’s existing restructuring and advisory teams at its Park Row offices. The firm will be creating a local external and internal audit and outsourcing offering for financial services clients, becoming the first for PFK outside of London.
The decision to invest in Leeds and work with businesses across the north is due to the region’s “dominant position as the leading Financial Services hub” outside of London, said PFK.
Watson said: “Now is the right time to be investing in Yorkshire. You only need to look around to see the buzz in the region. But companies based in Leeds and beyond are telling us they want a credible alternative to the ‘Big Four’ in the region; they are crying out for more choice. It’s our goal to offer them that choice.”
Watson recently joined PKF as Financial Services Partner after 13 years at Deloitte, the last four of which were spent in Leeds. He is responsible for the expansion and recruitment plans in the region.
James Sleight, partner in PKF’s Leeds Office, said: “Martin’s appointment demonstrates PKF’s commitment to the North of England. We know the area well and we understand the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s businesses. That puts in a strong position to help.
“Martin’s presence further strengthens our offering in the financial services market and kick-starts the next phase of our investment in Yorkshire. PKF is growing from a strong foundation and the region’s financial services market is in great shape – it’s an exciting time for all of us at PKF Leeds.”
Watson said: “We have ambitious plans for our Leeds office and are looking for local people who want to help make our vision a reality – the type of people who enjoy making things happen. It’s our goal to build a diverse and dynamic team that encourages everyone to fulfil their potential and achieve a sustainable work-life balance.
“The conversations that I’ve had with candidates locally make it clear that people want a great place to work with flexibility, challenge and support – that’s exactly what we are creating here in Leeds.”