THE Yorkshire operations of a London-headquartered financial services firm has relocated to new premises in York.

Walker Crips, which specialises in wealth, investment and pensions planning and advice has moved to new offices in Apollo House, Eboracum Way.

The new office is home to the firms 45 wealth managers, investment managers, pension consultants and support staff, who moved from the firm's previous office in Foss Islands Road, and provide services to clients around the region.

Sean Lam, chief executive of Walker Crips Group, said the move marks a commitment to the region and gives space to allow for additional recruitment.

He said: "Our Yorkshire office is strategically important to the Group, and our investment into new premises declares our commitment to continue to drive growth and expand in the region.

"Now, with the added capacity to grow from 45 to 70 staff or more, we will be actively recruiting quality investment managers, advisers and consultants.

"This new office has been designed to improve workflow and maximise collegiate collaboration, and is conducive for client engagements and fit for modern purpose.

"We wanted to create an office where ideas generation, innovation and collaboration can flow naturally, and it has been very gratifying to feel and see the energy and excitement of our members in this new office."

Wendy Eastwood, head of Walker Crips Pensions added: "With efficient technology at its core, our new office is optimised for client engagements and allows space for our teams to grow. The Walker Crips York directors are energised to deliver the Group’s strategy of growth and customer service. We look forward to meeting our clients here."

Last year Walker Crips announced Dominic Martin, Wendy Eastwood and Don Formhals were to succeed the interim head of the York office, Nigel Skelton.

While Mr Martin was promoted to managing director for Walker Crips Wealth Management, Wendy Eastwood was promoted to managing director of Walker Crips Pensions.

The pair, who were previously directors in the business areas they now lead, took over from Mr Skelton, who returned to his former senior investment portfolio manager role within the business.

At the same time Mr Formhals, who is the former finance director in York, became the York group finance and operations director.

The Walker Crips team in York has been providing wealth management, pensions planning and investment advice for more than 35 years, and has been part of The Walker Crips Group since it joined the larger brand in 2005.