Madrid-based design consultancy Etherington Mas Associates has opened a London office in an effort to extend its UK and European reach.
Part UK-owned, EMA was established in Spain two years ago and now has an equal split between domestic projects and those around Europe. The new London office is being run by managing director Jeffrey St Clair, the only current member of staff in the UK.
A founder of Allen International, St Clair says: “We’re trying to build up the European business, and my task is to increase contacts outside Spain. Our objective is to build an office here the same size as that in Madrid and I’ll recruit one or two designers in the next six to 12 months.”
EMA managing director Tim Etherington adds: “It makes perfect international sense to have a presence in London and gives us inroads into other places as we want to market in Europe. If things go well it would be nice to be in the same situation [as the Madrid office].”