The Birmingham office of accountants Ernst & Young has unveiled its "Foreign Legion".
Office managing partner Ronnie Bowker believes that companies need a culturally diverse workforce to satisfy the needs of global clients.
Ernst & Young's Colmore Square office, at the heart of the city's professional services district, is home to sixteen foreign nationals representing ten different nationalities - employees from the likes of the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the US.
South African-born Mr Bowker says that the need to employ an international and multicultural workforce goes beyond filling the skills gap, which the accountancy industry is facing.
"It is important for a global firm, with global clients, to offer a truly world-wide service," he said. "Clients with operations all over the world expect the same high standards of service, whether it is in Birmingham, Beijing or Berlin.
"We pride ourselves in our ability to bring together teams that can dovetail with a client's operation, and by using multinational teams we are better equipped to understand different business cultures and crossborder issues."
One organisation benefiting from Ernst & Young's global approach is Cooper Industries which has its headquarters in Houston.
The manufacturer of electrical products, tools and hardware also has facilities in the UK, and the Birmingham team managing the account is headed by American Bobby Lee.
Rene Vergo from Denmark, started working at the Birmingham office in
2003. He said: "The city is an attractive destination, both for its rich cultural heritage and significant career prospects, and this adds to its appeal."
Mr Bowker said: "It is important to stress that local people with local knowledge remain integral to our business. The strongest teams are those which retain a balance and a breadth of knowledge across the board."