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FCBS to open Manchester office as practice growth continues

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has confirmed it will open a new Manchester outpost after filing another set of impressive trading figures

According to the latest accounts posted at Companies House, turnover has risen again with revenue up nearly £500,000 from £11.1million in 2013 to £11.6milion for the year ending 31 March 2014.

While income in the UK remained stable, FCBS has seen a boom in overseas work in the same 12 month period, with workloads ballooning from £92,019 to £427,905. The multi-award-winning practice, which has recently completed schemes in Cyprus, China, and North America, told the AJ it was planning to increase its international work.

This growth in turnover has seen profits swell from £2.28 million in 2013 to £2.39 milion and the number of staff edge over the 160 mark.

Following on from its success at Manchester Metropolitan University, where it has already completed the business school and the Stirling Prize-shortlisted school of art, the practice has also said it intended to open a new studio in the city, with office space in Carver’s Warehouse a potential target.

As a result the firm has recently launched a recruitment drive in the North West.

A spokesman for the LLP, ranked fourteenth in last year’s AJ100, said: ‘With now over 160 people in our key studios in Bath and London, and a thriving office in Belfast we are excited and optimistic about the coming year. 

‘Among our plans for 2015 is the establishment of a new office in Manchester. After nearly a decade of working successfully in and around the city, we’re now taking steps to establish an office base to serve our existing and future clients and explore new opportunities. 

‘Although our plans are still taking shape we’re hopeful we’ll secure our new office space in the next few weeks, and therefore we’re now seeking key people who are interested in joining our team.’

The average salary of the practice’s 27 members is now £79,021, up from £76,302 in 2013. The highest paid member of staff, who was unnamed, took home £137,484.

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