Teradata buys UK analytics consultancy Big Data Partnership

23 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

International technology services provider Teradata has boosted its technology consulting portfolio with the acquisition of Big Data Partnership, a London-based big data solutions and training firm. The acquisition, which sees around 60 staff transfer to Teradata, will be integrated into the Think Big consulting practice of the publicly-listed US company.

Big Data Partnership was established in 2012 by co-founders Mike Merritt-Holmes, Tim Seears and Pinal Gandhi. From its base in Silicon Roundabout, the heart of London’s technology hub, the firm supports clients with a range of big data services, including consulting, data science and training, as well as solutions that leverage big data technologies such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark and NoSQL.

Last month CEO Merritt-Holmes unveiled that the firm has decided to join forces with Teradata, a US-based IT services provider with over $2 billion in annual revenues. With the move Teradata upgrades its scale in the big data landscape – one of the fastest growing segments in the information technology space. The big data and analytics industry is, according to Gartner, today valued at $40 billion globally and the market is forecasted to enjoy above average growth rates in the coming years, with the Internet-of-Things, multi-genre analytics, new data infrastructures and business models fuelling growth.

Teradata buys London-based Big Data Partnership

Big Data Partnership will join Teradata’s Think Big consulting practice, adding deep big data expertise to its portfolio of IT consulting services, which includes offerings such as IT advisory, agile delivery, systems implementation, software development and managed services. “Big Data Partnership brings exciting new capabilities to our consulting footprint and broadens our analytic services portfolio”, comments Rick Farnell, Senior Vice President at Teradata’s Think Big unit.

Looking ahead, Farnell says he sees fast-growing opportunities in the IT services market, particularly in the segment of hybrid platforms, cloud and systems integration. The bolt-on will be managed from the UK, with also Think Big operations in France, Germany, the Nordics, Switzerland and China expected to immediately benefit from the deal. 

Commenting on the sale, Merritt-Holmes says, “We look forward to extending our expertise and services to help meet the growing demand for big data analytics services across the world and the global Teradata community.”


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.”