KPMG Capital buys stake in US-based Bottlenose

10 December 2014

Investment fund KPMG Capital has acquired an equity share in enterprise trend detection firm Bottlenose. Under the investment, KPMG member firms will be licensed to use the capabilities of Bottlenose’s strategic insights application Nerve Center. Terms and conditions have not been disclosed.

Bottlenose, also known as Bottlenose, is an in 2010 founded US-based enterprise trend detection and monitoring solution company that analyses social media and business data to detect trends for brands. The firm can automatically identify actionable patterns in streams of data from multiple sources in real-time, and provide a cross-correlated view of the trends that can affect a client’s business.

KPMG Capital is an investment fund for KPMG member firms, which seeks cutting-edge technology, strategic partnerships, acquisitions and top talent. KPMG Capital’s investment in the trend intelligence firm is its latest step to accelerate innovations in data and analytics and bring them to market. Mark Toon, CEO of KPMG Capital, explains: “Businesses should not underestimate the sheer volume, velocity, and variety of real-time data streams. Real-time streaming data of all types is putting huge pressure on decision makers to be able to appropriately and effectively address present trends that could materially affect their organizations now or in the very near future.”

KPMG Capital buys equity stake in Bottlenose

Under the agreement, KPMG Capital buys a substantial equity share in Bottlenose and also secures a license for KPMG member firms to use and deploy the advanced capabilities of ‘Nerve Center’. Nerve Center is a Bottlenose application that helps companies investigate, assess and address present, historical, and emerging trends that may impact the most critical growth, risk and performance areas of their business.

Mark Toon, KPMG Capital and Mark Goodburn KPMG Advisory

“KPMG Capital’s investment in Bottlenose is an important step in augmenting our member firms’ ability to help address client issues across the enterprise. Providing clients access to a tool that can detect and monitor emerging developments as they occur can greatly enhance decision making,” comments Toon. “The forces shaping business today are multiple and significant; business leaders need the means to harness and optimize data in real-time to respond quickly to potential impacts to their organizations. KPMG Capital’s investment in next-wave analytics companies such as Bottlenose supports our strategic direction with Data & Analytics, which is to empower KPMG professionals to deliver solutions and insights that can have an immediate and positive effect on our clients’ businesses,” adds Mark Goodburn, KPMG’s Global Head of Advisory.


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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.”