SAP consulting firms Expertum and Logos Consulting agree merger

15 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Two Belgium based SAP consulting firms – Expertum and Logos Consulting – have agreed to a strategic merger. The joining of forces creates a SAP consultancy with over 80 employees in three countries.

Founded in 2006, in Brussels, Expertum is one of Belgium's larger IT consulting firms specialised in SAP services, supporting clients with among others technology advisory, design, implementation and maintenance offerings. Today the firm's team consists of over 65 SAP Experts, and although the experience of the firm's consultants span the SAP landscape, Expertum has in particular built a strong track record in the areas of GRC, PPM, PLM & ALM, as well as Big Data Analytics.

Over the past years Expertum has, on several engagements, collaborated with Logos Consulting, another Belgian consultancy with a more than ten year track record in the SAP domain. With success, says Expertum CEO Hans Bockstal, stating "We have successfully completed several projects together and have pioneered together on the first SAP HANA migrations and implementations. The complementary skills between the teams is a major key differentiator: Expertum is renowned in the SAP ecosystem for its deep functional and business expertise across several domains. Logos Consulting is recognised as the reference for its SAP technical and architectural expertise."

Expertum and Logos Consulting agree merger

As part of the deal, around twenty consultants of Logos Consulting will join Expertum, taking the size of its team to around 85. The move, says Bockstal, will enable Expertum – which has two offices in Belgium, one in the Netherlands and one in Slovenia – to both broaden and deepen its service portfolio, providing the firm more body in an increasingly internationalising market. Logos Consulting will be fully integrated into Expertum, and the combined firm will operate under the Expertum brand. The CEO of Logos Consulting, Bert Vanstechelman, joins Expertum as a Managing Partner, and will co-lead the firm together with Bockstal.

Bockstal remarks: "We are convinced that the new digital economy will dramatically change the way in which companies operate. This merger puts us in a unique position to realise our ambitions to become 'the' game changer in this new digital economy." He highlights however that growth is not per se the main objective. "We have the goal to become one of the main innovative SAP services providers in Europe and aim at creating an inspiring and caring environment for our employees, in which all people can advance their personal and technical skills."

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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.”