Ramboll integrates German consultancy BiPRO into Environ arm

05 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

Global engineering and consulting firm Ramboll has acquired BiPRO, a specialist chemical, health, sustainability and environmental performance consultancy. Ramboll will merge the firm and its 40 consultants into its global Environment and Health practice, Ramboll Environ.

Based in Munich, Germany with a staff of 40-strong, BiPRO support clients with a range of consulting technical advisory services, including policy-setting and development, environmental legislation support, compliance, sustainable innovation and operational improvement. BiPRO works for governments and bodies such as European Union and United Nations, as well as private sector organisations, of which industrial and chemicals clients are the main group.

Over the past years BiPRO has, on several large strategic projects, collaborated with Ramboll Environ’s Product Safety and Stewardship team. Based on the alliance’s success, the firms have now decided to join forces. “Since the start of our collaboration with BiPRO three years ago, it quickly became apparent that our respective complementary services would be enhanced by joining together more directly,” says Joachim Schmidtke, Managing Principal of Ramboll Environ*, who oversees the expanded operation.

Ramboll Environ

With the addition of BiPRO, Ramboll both broadens and deepens its service portfolio, says Schmidtke. “Ramboll Environ’s product safety and environmental performance related work will be boosted significantly by BiPRO’s strong focus on global policy-setting and the environmental compatibility of products and processes. Having so many highly qualified and respected scientists joining our team will also increase the capacity of our strategic health sciences and environmental services.”

Reinhard Joas, Managing Director of BiPRO, says that his team is “excited by the prospect of becoming part of a global organisation with strong values and a commitment to creating a more sustainable society”, a move which in his view will benefit not just employees, but also clients and other external parties. “Working closely with the Ramboll Environ team clearly demonstrated a number of synergies and long-term advantages to working together in a more integrated way, offering greater benefits to everyone.”

In recent months Ramboll Environ – which employs around 2,100 specialists globally – added Steve Canadine and Mette Sos Lassesen to its senior ranks. 

* Ramboll Environ was established in December 2014 when Ramboll acquired ENVIRON, a deal that added 1,500 employees to its business.


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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.”