KPMG launches technology innovation, insights & collaboration hub in London HQ

KPMG launches technology innovation

Announcement signals expansion of the firm’s digital service offering and commitment to innovation.


Professional services firm KPMG UK has completed a major investment into their future ways of working by launching Ignition, a technology innovation, insights and collaboration hub in their Canary Wharf headquarters.

The Ignition centre will encompass a 28,000sq ft physical space, while also facilitating a new collaborative and digitally-enabled hybrid way of working by combining those in different or remote locations working across different devices.

Ignition exists to bring together insights, people and technology to help KPMG clients spark innovation and deliver lasting change. It provides flexibility and convenience to work together regardless of geographic limitation and a remote participant will only need a web browser to access the Ignition experience.

Lisa Heneghan, Chief Digital Officer at KPMG UK, said:

“Ignition gives us a world-class platform with which to support delivery of ever-increasing digital transformation for us, and for our clients, and puts our technologists at the centre of complex challenges at a time of great national and global changes coming at pace.

“Whatever the pandemic does next, we’re keeping our new ways of working, and where the solutions for creative collaboration don’t exist, we’ll pioneer our own.”

Ignition is enabled by different technologies and supported by a specialist team who curate a range of experiences that enable clients to explore concepts and solutions, through to the designing, prototyping and building of end-solutions, supported by world leading software and services vendors. 

Mark Stuart Williams, UK Ignition Lead at KPMG, added:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has supercharged the Ignition journey, accelerating plans that were already in place to transform the definition of collaboration from a mainly physical experience to a powerful blend of physical, virtual, and hybrid.

“Technology allows us to continuously learn, demonstrate agility and do things differently. We are constantly developing fresh collaborative approaches that bring powerful ways to work with clients and colleagues both in the Ignition centre itself and beyond its walls.”

The KPMG Ignition Centre in London is specifically designed to allow groups to work within COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and incorporates a highly flexible set of collaboration spaces:

  • An Insights Centre: a state-of-the-art facility to showcase the latest data & analytics and artificial intelligence tools. Companies can engage in real-time data exploration and scenario testing, and prototype development for big data systems, data visualisation, machine learning, predictive analytics, and optimisation.
  • A Digital Garage: a testbed location where KPMG technologists bring new technology, that is yet to exist, to test and horizon scan for future implementation of KPMG workplace tools. The Garage includes the ability to start implementing those ways of working straight into Ignition the very same day.
  • A Lab: where teams of 10-30 can translate ideas into specific strategies, solutions and plans.
  • A large-scale Collaboration Centre: where teams can work to resolve complex issues in detail and at pace.
  • A number of Sprint Rooms – to allow clients to come together with KPMG and alliance partners for weeks and months to design and develop detailed ideas and digital solutions.

In addition to London, KPMG Ignition Centres are located in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Denver, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Lagos, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Nanjing, Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Notes to editors:


For media enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Ogunleye, KPMG Corporate Communications.

M: 0734188 7015


About KPMG

KPMG’s Technology practice provides core technology and managed services to support the digital transformation of clients in cloud computing, digital learning, responses to regulatory change, automation and performance improvement across front, middle and back-office functions. 

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 21 offices across the UK with approximately 17,600 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.40 billion in the year ended 30 September 2019.

KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. It operates in 147 countries and territories and has more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.

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