Consultant Davis Langdon is to open a network of small “hub” offices across the UK that will operate alongside its main bases and enable staff to work closer to home.

The plan is part of a drive to increase staff numbers. Rob Smith, senior partner at the firm, revealed the programme as the company reported a detailed breakdown of its results for the Europe and Middle East (EME) region.

The firm’s turnover for EME rose 27% to £154m during 2006/07. The UK accounted for 88% of this. Profit for the region will be reported in September but Smith said margins would be at least the same as the previous year.

As revealed last week, the consultant’s global business recorded its third successive year of turnover growth, to £221m.

Staff numbers increased by 19% to 1,667 over the period and Smith said that the company intended to continue expanding to cope with a growing workload.

He said: “We are looking at hubs of about 40-60 people. Although our operations need to be based around city centres, the decline in car ownership means people are starting to want to work and live closer together.”