Greenhouse points the way for Deloitte’s future in Scotland

Business advisory firm Deloitte has unveiled the next stage of its evolution in Scotland, with the opening of its new Greenhouse and the continued expansion of Deloitte Digital’s Edinburgh Studio. The Greenhouse is part of a company network of similar facilities around the world and is Deloitte’s third in the UK.

The space holds up to 25 people at one time, helping the firm’s clients to create rapid digital and physical prototypes of scalable new products and services. Designed to encourage collaboration and tackle challenges in new and different ways, the Greenhouse hosts labs to create specific experiences for participants and immerse them in particular subjects. The facility provides access to innovative technologies such as 3D printers, virtual reality, analytics, artificial intelligence, and digital platforms to help design and trial new products and services.

The Greenhouse complements the opening of Deloitte Digital’s third UK studio, in Edinburgh, where the ideas generated in the Greenhouse are taken to be built. Deloitte has similar spaces in London and Belfast, supported by nearly 2,500 specialists across its technology consulting and Deloitte Digital teams in the UK, as well as a global network of over 26,000 in 100 different countries.

The Deloitte Digital Edinburgh Studio is expected to employ 20 specialists in digital design, product development, and technology, from across Scotland’s tech, digital agency, and start-up scenes by the end of the summer. It aims to recruit a total of 70 people in the coming years, across several of its “feature” teams.

“Our Greenhouse and Digital Studio underline our continued commitment to, and investment in, Scotland, our clients, and our people,” said Deloitte Digital partner Rich Hurley. “It will be a centre of excellence for prototyping, with a distinctive identity and voice within Deloitte – providing services, not only to Scottish businesses, but nationally too. Our investment is underpinned by the strength of our Scottish client relationships, the breadth of the local talent base, and the opportunities presented by the burgeoning tech scene.

“The Greenhouse will help our clients to bring their ideas to life and give them the ability to turn ideas into something real within a matter of weeks. It can be used for all sorts of purposes beyond product development: for example, using virtual reality in financial services to train staff on regulatory issues, which has a much bigger impact than looking through reams of documents.

“It could also be set up as a ‘connected store’ for a fashion retail outlet to demonstrate how the customer and employee experience can be enhanced using technologies such as the Internet of Things. What we’re aiming to do is combine a small, agile approach with an enterprise-scale support structure behind it – whether clients need consulting, tax, or corporate finance services in addition to prototyping.”

CYBG is one of the companies to have already benefited from Deloitte Digital’s offering. The Deloitte team worked with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to launch B, its innovative new banking service. Debbie Crosbie, Group chief operating officer, said: “Deloitte worked with us to design and deliver B, our new omni-channel banking service, to the market. By bringing new ways of working along with their depth and breadth of expertise, they helped us turn an idea into reality.”