CSC acquires European cloud services firm Aspediens

20 July 2016

CSC has fully acquired cloud technology service provider Aspediens for an undisclosed sum. The addition will be integrated into CSC’s Fruition Partners subsidiary. The addition broadens and expands the capabilities of Fruition Partners, at a time of increasing demand for cloud based services solutions from providers.

Aspediens was founded in 2008 as technology service provider that supports companies to transform their business via the integration of cloud based solutions. The company, which has offices in Switzerland (Geneva and Zürich), France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt) and Spain (Oviedo), is focused on mid-market clients. It is a Silver Sales and Silver Services Partner of ServiceNow, and, in addition, distributes packages from Okta, CipherCloud, Numerify and Perspectium.

The firm will become part of Fruition Partners, which is a subsidiary of CSC. The company helps its global client base migrate their service management to a range of cloud based solutions. The company, which is a Gold Sales and Gold Services Partner of ServiceNow, has more than 400 cloud-integration experts on call.

CSC acquires cloud service firm Aspediens

Aspediens, which was acquired by CSC, will be integrated into Fruition Partners. The addition boosts CSC’s capacity as it seeks to meet increasing client demand for cloud based service management demand. The addition adds an extensive skill base, as well as market reach, to Fruition Partners, and, with the capabilities of CSC’s UXC Keystone, solidifies their market position.

Michel Regueiro, CEO of Aspediens, will continue to lead the organisation, reporting to Jim Smith, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Services at CSC.

Smith says that the company “welcomes” the team from Aspediens. “Together, Fruition Partners with Aspediens and UXC Keystone provide enterprise clients with end-to-end support for ServiceNow-related software and solutions, as well as a broader range of professional service management offerings. CSC is at the forefront of helping modern enterprises optimise technology to manage work, giving our clients access to an expanded range of XaaS capabilities,” he adds.

Regueiro remarks, “Being a part of a world-leading ServiceNow integrator is a significant step forward for the Aspediens family and our loyal clients, who gain a stronger resource base, access to exclusive IP, and extensive industry expertise among many other benefits. We are very excited to join CSC and Fruition Partners, and look forward to bringing our talent and relationships to this growing global practice.”


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.”