Eden McCallum Benelux moves into larger office in Amsterdam

16 December 2016 Consultancy.uk

The Dutch practice of Eden McCallum has moved into a new, larger office. The significantly larger premises, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s corporate district, offer the consultancy a better platform to accommodate the firm’s growth agenda, according to partner Marjon Wanders.

Since its inception in the Netherlands in 2008 – Eden McCallum was founded in the UK in 2000 – the consulting firm has moved offices twice, most recently from an office on the Gustav Mahlerplein to the Parnassusweg. In the intervening years, Eden McCallum’s Dutch arm has, under the direction of former McKinsey & Company consultants Heleen Wachters and Marjon Wanders, grown into one of the region’s largest players for independent consultants in the tier-1 segment. Today, the firm has a database of over 150 management consultants in the Benelux and typically has 50-75 consultants busy on projects at any one time, serving clients across the public listed, corporate and mid-market space.

To accommodate for further growth, in October Eden McCallum moved into a larger office space in UN Studio, a building in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, the Dutch capital’s version of London’s Canary Wharf. “Our Benelux practice continues to grow, we have recently added two Associate Partners to our team in Amsterdam (Cyrus Ditzel and Wouter van Essenberg) and, having outgrown our previous office space, we have moved to a fantastic new location on the Zuidas”, says co-founder Heleen Wachters.

Eden McCallum office in Amsterdam

According to Wachters, the new workplace provides Eden McCallum’s network of independent consultants with several benefits. “A prime objective of the move was to be able to offer our consultants and project teams better facilities to work, as a team or alone, for an hour, a day or a week.” When staffed on an Eden McCallum engagement, consultants are free to make use of the full range of facilities, which includes various meeting rooms, team rooms and individual working spaces, as well as access to a modern communication and facilities infrastructure. In the past few weeks since the move, the consultancy has already housed multiple project teams and has hosted three events in-house, a feat which was not possible in the past.

Wanders concludes: “With the move, we have taken another step towards realising the next phase of our growth plan. We are seeing growing demand from clients for our services and there is significant potential to extend our footprint in the market. Our new workplace provides us with one of the ingredients needed to realise this goal.”

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”