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‘We needed to be in Langley’

Township Mayor Jack Froese was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of the new KPMG Enterprise location in Langley last week (Feb. 4). - submitted photo
Township Mayor Jack Froese was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of the new KPMG Enterprise location in Langley last week (Feb. 4).
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Opening a Langley location was a long-time coming for KPMG Enterprise.

“On the one side we are in Burnaby and on the other side we are in Abbotsford/Chilliwack, but that wasn’t good enough for us and our clients,” said Don Matthew, the KPMG partner who is leading the new Langley location.

“We needed to be in Langley when you look at the level of business and growth here.”

KPMG offers advice about financial, business and operational challenges, helping owners and entrepreneurs build value in their businesses.

The Langley location, located on the third floor at 8506 200 St., in the new Gateway Professional Campus, the first of three commercial buildings being constructed in the area.

It is the sixth KPMG office in the Greater Vancouver area.

“We recognized we had a hole here in the Langley community so we made the decision we had to be here,” Matthew said.

The plan has been about four or five years in the works.

A Township of Langley  Economic Development Report from 2009 cites that the Fraser Valley is projected to grow by 54 per cent over the next 12 years. Langley is also listed on the top British Columbia Investment Towns 2013 report by the Real Estate Investments Networks.

The office has a staff of 30 accounting and tax professionals with space to double that size as business grows in the community, Matthew said.

The location opened up back in November, with the official grand opening celebration held last week (Feb. 4).

The event was attended by Township Mayor Jack Froese, members of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce and members of the local business community.

The evening also featured music and entertainment from local entrepreneurs.

“We are excited to be here and look forward to growing with the business community and having more clients here as we move forward,” Matthew said.

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