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Grant Thornton targets growth in the north with new Aberdeen presence

Grant Thornton is to invest in Aberdeen as it explores growth opportunities in the north east of Scotland.

The leading business and financial adviser is making its first move into the Granite City as part of its 2020 strategy, focusing on increased profits, investment in people and a more dynamic range of services that meet the needs of clients in the disruption era.

Recruitment is now underway aimed at establishing a dedicated team of experts based at Queen’s Road in the heart of the city’s financial district. The first key hire has already been made with the appointment of Director of Corporate Finance, Ian Knott.

Ian has almost a decade of experience working in Aberdeen, including roles at KPMG and investment banking energy specialist Simmons & Company.

Rob Caven, Partner at Grant Thornton and Head of Advisory in Scotland, commented:

“We’re delighted to be taking our first steps north and are confident that both Grant Thornton and Aberdeen will have a sustainable, successful future. The region has been hit hard by the oil and gas downturn and wider economic and political uncertainty, but its rich mix of industry reflects the resilience that drives the Granite City. By focusing on stimulating new ideas and tapping in to the potential of the north east, we believe there will continue to be significant opportunities to create an even more vibrant economy.

“It’s also great having Ian Knott on board to help drive forward this new practice. We’re delighted to welcome such a knowledgeable, experienced corporate finance advisor to the team. Our objective is long term growth throughout Scotland, and we believe the north of Scotland will play a key role in helping to deliver that success.”