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Davidson commented: “Despite the pandemic, we are continuing to see interest from overseas businesses determined to invest in the UK and they see Slough as an attractive proposition. We have recently appointed a new Partner, Tara Mellett, to our Slough team who has substantial experience in advising inbound businesses. She will further develop this capability in our Slough client base.”

Celebrating Slough

In 2019 the firm took the decision to source new premises in Slough.

Davidson said: “We had occupied our previous location since 1971, during which time the composition of local businesses had changed and the space we occupied was no longer fit for purpose.”

With the ‘Heart of Slough’ regeneration project announced in November 2019, the advent of Crossrail and the return of the Slough Trading Estate to a more balanced mix of corporates and owner-managed businesses, Davidson felt that the time was right to explore a move but one which would see the firm reinforce its commitment to the future of Slough.

He added: “We are now in the throes of a wider programme nationally to upgrade and model our workplaces to meet the changing world of work and needs of our people and clients.

As a Slough management team, we were committed to staying in Slough, not only because of our long history, but because many of our staff live locally and we continue to rely on and recruit local talent.”

The new location in Buckingham Avenue, is both convenient and local for many of the firm’s clients, says Davidson. And despite the impact of Covid-19 on people and workplaces, he believes it remains a great space. So much so, that he expects the Slough office will serve as an occasional workspace for staff and clients who do not want to commute into Central London at this time.

Creating the workspace of the future for our people

The new Slough office has been reimagined and fitted by Blue Jelly, an office design agency based in Windsor, which has worked with Haines Watts on the redesign of its London, Esher and Birmingham offices.

Davidson said: “Our investment in new premises goes hand-in-hand with a longer-term project to reimagine our working environments. Our goal is to create workplaces that are productive, engaging and meet the changing needs of our people and clients.”

When he and the team embarked on this project, the Coronavirus pandemic had not yet happened.

He said: “We were due to move at the end of April – which with the unfolding of the pandemic was stalled. We officially opened our new offices, albeit with far less fanfare than we had planned, in June 2020.”



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