Consultant plans to expand in northern and Scottish markets with new regional offices

Consultant McBains Cooper has opened two new offices in Glasgow and Leeds, as part of its continued strategy to expand further into the regional markets.

Two new directors Stuart Dixon and David Dodd have been appointed to head up the offices.

The Glasgow office will be headed up by Dixon, formerly of Scottish Enterprise. The office currently employs four staff with the number anticipated to reach about 15 employees by the end of next year.

Michael Thirkettle, chief executive, said: “With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games coming up in 2014, there is a lot of new development going on in and around the city and the market has a refreshingly positive attitude and outlook.”

Michael Thirkettle, chief executive of McBains Cooper

Dodd is the new director in Leeds and Michael Richards has been appointed as associate director.

Regional director Michael Lawless is overseeing both offices.

Thirkettle said: “These pro-active investments give us a more strategic position and will enable us to work more efficiently within the Northern, Yorkshire and Scottish markets where many of our clients currently operate.

“The new offices provide us with better coverage and add to McBains Cooper's skill-set.

“I am very pleased that McBains Cooper is in a position to move forward with its growth strategy and we will continue to develop our public sector portfolio and regeneration expertise to counteract the commercial downturn.”

He said there are still opportunities in and around northern cities such as Bradford, Sheffield and Hull. With an office already in Manchester, the firm is now able to operate more effectively in this area.