Grant Thornton offers Huddle cloud to 39,000 employees


Accountancy giant Grant Thornton is to implement cloud-based collaboration services from Huddle to its 39,000 staff globally.

The centralised cloud platform will allow employees to work together on projects, no matter where they are based. It is hoped the cloud will decrease response times to clients and other stakeholders.

Huddle said the cloud would also enable employees to create secure portals to clients and share best practices while providing a consistent approach to communication worldwide.

“Our member firm client teams are dispersed across the globe and these teams need important information at their fingertips,” said Gernot Hebestreit, global leader for business development and markets at Grant Thornton International.

“We are always mindful of the legal requirements to safeguard client information – but just as critical is our need for these teams to be able to respond to changing client needs immediately and to collaborate in a safe and productive environment,” he said.

“With access to this agreement, our teams can now easily access and deploy Huddle’s cloud collaboration service to support effective communication with clients and stakeholders worldwide.”

Alastair Mitchell, chief executive of Huddle, said it was “fantastic” to see his firm’s cloud collaboration technology being made available on an enterprise-wide scale.

“Following the service's success in numerous projects across the business. We're looking forward to working closely with Grant Thornton, supporting global teams and helping them achieve their business goals,” he said.

Earlier in the year, Huddle launched Huddle for Office, which allows users to save Word, Excel and Powerpoint files to Huddle Workspaces, allowing others to collaborate on files together.

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