Deloitte launches new assurance hub for North West corporates

Tim Grogan, left, and Saul Wadsworth

Business advisory firm Deloitte has launched a dedicated corporate assurance hub in the North West, the firm’s first outside of London, as it looks to strengthen its scope of services to businesses in the region.

It will lead to at least 20 new roles, the firm said.

Building on the success of its North West equity capital markets team over the past 10 years, which includes the recent DWF IPO and the readiness assessment to prepare AJ Bell for its IPO, Deloitte has added new services and is recruiting new people to become one corporate assurance team.

The new hub will be headed by equity capital markets partner Tim Grogan and assurance director Saul Wadsworth.

Tim and Saul are looking to further invest into this team with plans to take on at least 20 new recruits.

The hub will support large corporate businesses and private equity houses in the North West and, working alongside the Manchester-based risk advisory and transaction services teams, will offer assurance services across three distinct areas: equity capital markets; accounting advisory; and accounting operations.

This includes preparing businesses for a transaction and helping them with complex accounting matters.

Tim Grogan, equity capital markets partner at Deloitte, said: “The North West economy is incredibly strong, and arguably the most prominent outside of London.

“Our corporate assurance model has proved to be a huge success, so it felt like a natural next step to launch a dedicated hub here in Manchester.”

Andy Westbrook, Deloitte North West senior partner, added: “Our new corporate assurance hub presents a huge opportunity for us to continue to support our North West clients with the best of Deloitte.

“We have a fantastic team here in Manchester, led by Tim and Saul, all of whom have significant experience working with local, national and international businesses.

“They are able to assist with the most complex transactions, accounting complications and control environments.”

He added: “I’m personally very excited that we are able to offer these services to our valued clients across the region using a locally based team.”