One of the UK and Ireland's largest accountancy firms has returned to Manchester after a decade away.
PKF has opened a new office at 11 York Street in the city centre.
The firm is the UK's second largest auditor of AIM-listed businesses and ranked sixth for all listed companies in the UK.
It also works with over 100 insurance companies, mutual and brokers, and is the largest auditor of insurance intermediaries in the UK.
In the North West, PKF acts as auditor for Boohoo and Essar Oil, which operates the Stanlow refinery, The University of Manchester, CPP Group and Redmayne Bentley.
11 York Street is owned by Aviva Investors and counts the likes of Rolls-Royce among its tenants.
Managing partner Dominic Roberts said: "We’re proud to be bringing the PKF name back to Manchester for the first time in 10 years.
"We’ve grown significantly in London and Leeds in the past few years, and now feel the time is right to re-open in Manchester. Clients are crying out for more choice and our expansion into the North West will offer a credible alternative to companies beyond the 'Big Four'.
"We’re recognised as a major force in the financial services and listed companies markets, and can see the opportunity to support the region’s thriving business scene.
"Many of our clients are already based in the North West so having a presence on the ground will help us to enhance the service we offer, as well as provide a platform for further growth.
"Manchester and the North West as a whole have a buzz about them – our own personal experiences and the conversations that we’ve had with existing clients, make it clear that it’s an attractive destination for our next major investment.
"We’ve lined up a number of senior appointments that we plan to announce over the coming months. We’re also on the look out for ambitious accountancy professionals who are looking to join a dynamic and growing practice. The region is booming, and it’s a great time to join a growing firm with ambitious plans.
"We’ve developed a reputation for creating a culture where people are looked after and supported in fulfilling their potential.
"This formula has underpinned our success elsewhere, and we hope that it will also help us to make an impact in the North West."