Steer Davies Gleave has bolstered its position in the North of the country, with a new office opening in Manchester. The new office offers the firm's full advisory proposition for modes of transport, as well as a new economic development proposition, developed by Director Simon Pringle.

Steer Davies Gleave (SDW) has opened a new office in Manchester, which, in concert with the firm’s Leeds office, offers the firm’s full spectrum of services to clients across the North of England, The Midlands and Wales.

The firm’s new office initially focuses on the team with expertise across the full transportation advisory covering all modes of transport. Expertise covers, among others, planning services across the modes of transport, development and urban planning.

In addition to transport consultancy, the firm is also stationing its new economic development offer focused on improving client competitiveness across home and European markets to regional clients. The offering combines a variety of methods to improve business performance, covering everything from innovation to economic performance improvement. The new proposition is run by Simon Pringle, who started at SDW in 1993, first as a Senior consultant for four years, then, following a brief hiatus from the firm, returning in 1999 to take on various roles, including Associate Director, Deputy Managing Director, Managing Director and most recently Director.

A statement from the SDW regarding Pringle's new role reads, “At Steer Davies Gleave, Simon is responsible for developing the firm’s wider economic development practice, building out its existing excellence in transport and movement into adjacent policy areas such as enterprise, knowledge, skills and governance, which together with transport and infrastructure drive place competitiveness.”