Aspen Advisors merges with The Chartis Group

24 December 2014

Healthcare IT provider Aspen Advisors has merged with healthcare consulting firm The Chartis Group to create a strategic healthcare consultancy. The new firm will consist of 250 consultants and provide clients with healthcare information technology services.

Aspen Advisors is an in 2006 established IT professional services firm dedicated to helping healthcare delivery and health plan organisations enhance processes and streamline operations through the strategic and effective use of technology. To do so, the firm offers operational and healthcare IT expertise to optimise the value of their information technology investments.

The Chartis Group, founded in 2001, is a healthcare management consulting firm focussed on the healthcare industry. The firm provides strategic planning, accountable care, clinical transformation, and information technology management consulting services to leading US healthcare providers. The Chartis Group is headquartered in Chicago and has regional practices in Boston, New York and San Francisco.

Aspen Advisors merges with The Chartis Group

The merger of Aspen Advisors with The Chartis Group will result in the creation of a strategic healthcare consultancy that, according to the firms, is “unrivalled in its offering of comprehensive thought leadership and capabilities.” Daniel Herman, Aspen Advisors Founder and Managing Principal, explains: “We have created a special firm that has brought together industry all-stars who are passionate about serving our clients and bring deep healthcare information technology, clinical, operational, change management, and consulting expertise – people dedicated to delivering measurable value to our clients and driving change in our industry.”

As a result of the merger, The Chartis Group will be able to “provide its clients world-class capabilities in information technology and do so in a way that is powerfully integrated with their strategy, their clinical delivery, and their evolving business model,” explains Ken Graboys, Managing Director and CEO of The Chartis Group. “This is not about becoming the biggest in the industry. It is about providing our clients with the most thoughtful and impactful healthcare consulting services in the industry.”

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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.”