HRH The Princess Royal opened ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) global operational centre at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow yesterday.
Welcomed by Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, and ACCA’s president Brian McEnery, Her Royal Highness's visit marked an exciting new episode in ACCA’s proud history in Glasgow and Scotland, where it has had operations since the 1970s.
Helen Brand commented: ‘It was an honour for me and my 600 strong team here in Glasgow to welcome The Princess Royal to ACCA’s new offices. Glasgow has always been an essential home for our global operations – from technology, to exam delivery, to our 24/7 365 customer contact centre ACCA Connect. It’s an operational centre of excellence that deserves our new home. This marks an exciting new chapter for ACCA in the city which is a thriving financial and cultural centre.'
In his launch address, Brian McEnery said: 'ACCA has a long and proud history in Scotland, with exceptional people working for ACCA here. These talented individuals ensure that members and students are fully supported as they follow and achieve their dreams.
‘It is fitting that our dynamic and successful professional body is moving into new, modern premises. In fact, I am proud to acknowledge that this very office has been named a finalist in the British Council for Offices (BCO) Awards 2017. This new Glasgow home both recognises our rich heritage here in the city, while also looking to our future vision for ACCA and the profession.’
VIP guests including employers and learning providers and contractors who worked on the new premises attended the event, with ACCA’s partners receiving a special mention from ACCA’s President, who said: ‘ACCA thrives because of the wonderful working relationships we have with employers, learning providers and regulators. I am delighted that so many of you are also here with us to share today’s celebration, which also gives me an opportunity to thank you for your support of ACCA.’
The fit-out of ACCA’s new premises was managed by Clark Contracts, based in Paisley, Scotland, with the design heavily influenced by the refurbishment of ACCA’s London headquarters in the iconic Adelphi Building, with the ACCA brand and new ways of open plan and flexible working being embedded.
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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com