Deloitte look to set up digital hub in Scotland

Steve Williams, the head of Deloitte in Scotland wants to set up a digital hub to help the accountancy firm’s clients across the UK make better use of online technology.

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24/08/2015

Mr Williams, who started in the role in March this year, hopes to start work on the venture shortly and build up a team of software engineers and digital specialists over the next 18 months.

Deloitte already employs 850 across Scotland from its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with Mr Williams keen to grow that number.

Mr Williams moved from Leeds to Edinburgh in January initially to head the accountancy firm’s financial services practice outside of London with a focus on challenger banks.

However since coming to Scotland he admitted he had been pleasantly surprised by the vibrant nature of the digital economy. Now as managing partner he is keen to add to Deloitte's digital capabilities in Scotland.

He said: “I think [technology and digital] will be absolutely fundamental to what we want to do. I probably wasn’t expecting to see such a vibrant digital technology market space in Scotland so that has been great.

“We are looking at how we organise our business a little bit in terms of perhaps using Scotland as a nearshore for the rest of the UK around digital.”

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