Accenture acquires ServiceNow specialist Nashco Consulting

21 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has acquired Canada-based ServiceNow specialist consulting firm Nashco Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The addition, which is to be integrated into the firm’s global ServiceNow practice, further boosts its North American market presence in the growing As-a-service space.

Nashco Consulting was founded in 1993 to provide clients in the North American market with a range of solutions to solve IT Service Management challenges. Since 2008, the firm has focused on supporting clients with ServiceNow solutions. Situated in Alberta, Canada, the company offers consulting, design, and implementation services for the ServiceNow IT Service Management Suite.

Accenture recently announced the acquisition of Nashco Consulting, in a bid to further build out its capacity in the ServiceNow partner ecosystem, as the firm focuses on strengthening its As-a-Service proposition for clients. The addition of the Nashco team, and its industry experience, adds cloud strategy, implementation, integration and management capability to Accenture’s global ServiceNow practice.

Accenture acquires ServiceNow specialist Nashco Consulting

Julie Sweet, Accenture’s North America Chief Executive, says, “Our clients are increasingly seeking to adopt As-a-Service operating models, and this acquisition represents the latest in a series of significant investments in our cloud business to meet the growing demand. Nashco’s team of certified ServiceNow professionals in Canada brings a strong track record and exceptional skills that will help our clients meet the challenges of digital transformation. We look forward to welcoming Nashco’s talented professionals to our team.”

Nashco's Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ken Stainsby adds, “Since our founding, we have not been afraid to embrace new directions and emerging technologies that continue to re-shape our industry. By joining forces with Accenture, our clients will be able to solve their IT business challenges more rapidly by leveraging Accenture’s deep industry expertise and breadth of solutions that are needed in the ever-evolving cloud services environment.”

Recent cloud additions

In 2015, Accenture acquired Cloud Sherpas, expanding the firm’s Salesforce.com expertise. More recently the firm picked up New Energy Group, adding 450 experts in Salesforce.com, and consultancy Daynine, adding more than 400 workday professionals and 1,200 Workday certificates.

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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.”