HR consultancy Mercer buys Workday specialist Jeitosa

12 November 2014

Global HR consulting firm Mercer has acquired Jeitosa Group International, a global HR business consultancy and IT systems integration firm based in the United States. Terms of the transaction, which will see roughly 75 professionals join Mercer, have not been disclosed.

Jeitosa Group International was founded in 2004 and since grown to a firm with roughly 75 employees. From its base in San Francisco and global network of employees and associates – which spans across Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific – the firm supports clients with HR consulting services. Jeitosa Group in particular has a strong track record in Workday – in recent years the firm has supported more than 100 Workday clients in over 40 countries.

Mercer buys Workday specialist Jeitosa

With the addition of Jeitosa, Mercer significantly boosts its Workday offerings, allowing it become a “a full Workday Services Provider”, according to a press release by the firm. Last month the HR consultancy was named an official Workday Advisory Services Partner, and in anticipation of the additional work in the field, the firm decided it would be beneficial to bolster its offering, both in size as in depth. “Clients of both firms will benefit from the scope, scale and resources that we can apply to assure successful Workday deployments,” says Kim Seals, Senior Partner at Mercer.

In addition to the Workday expertise, Mercer and Jeitosa will bundle their propositions to offer complementary services. Jeitosa will be able to leverage Mercer’s strategic HR consulting offerings, while vice versa Mercer will add IT and system integration expertise to its portfolio. “The union of the Mercer and Jeitosa businesses will allow us to offer our clients broad HCM knowledge combined with deep systems integration experience,” comments Karen Beaman, CEO and Founder of Jeitosa. “Our united team and service offerings will be able to provide a rich and comprehensive solution.”

Kim Seals - Steven Seykora and Karen Beaman

Mercer’s global Workday consulting practice is led by Steven Seykora, a partner in the Chicago office.


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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”