Infor buys Norwegian consultancy Merit Globe, 250 experts join

16 May 2016 Consultancy.uk

IT consultancy Infor has acquired Merit Globe, a Norwegian provider of consulting services for Infor M3 across Europe. Around 250 consultants specialised in Infor M3 services and products will join Infor Services group, which was formed earlier this year as a combined outfit for all of Infor's consulting, support and cloud operations.

With over 14,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries, Infor is one of the globe’s larger digital and technology firms. The New York headquartered company automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector, and is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in US, Hook & Loop.

Last week Infor announced that it has acquired Merit Globe, a Norway based provider of consulting and technology services for Infor's enterprise resource management system. With the move, Infor adds approximately 250 employees and more than 500 customers in 18 countries to its footprint. The acquired entity will be integrated into Infor Services – established earlier this year through the consolidation of the firm’s consulting, support, and cloud operations – and continue to operate as an independent operation within the business unit.

Infor buys Merit Globe

“As our projects get larger, move beyond edge applications, and address mission critical industry processes, Infor is investing in deployment and customer service,” says Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. “The acquisition of Merit will bring a talented and experienced team to help meet growing demand for Infor M3.”

Erik Outzen, CEO of Merit, will continue to lead the business unit and report to Darren Saumur, global head of Infor Services. “Because our business has been dedicated to Infor M3, we have witnessed first-hand the transformation of Infor into the world's first industry cloud company. We are inspired by the cutting-edge design coming out of Infor's in-house creative agency, Hook & Loop, and the groundbreaking application of data science and machine learning from Infor Dynamic Science Labs. We are thrilled to be joining such an innovative team.”

Prior to Merit, Infor's last acquisition came in August last year when it bought supply-chain management software GT Nexus for $675 million.

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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”