Accenture acquires Wales based automation consultancy Genfour

10 April 2017
Accenture has acquired Wales-based automation consulting and business process firm Genfour for an undisclosed sum. The addition will be integrated into the firm's Center of Excellence for Intelligent Automation in the UK, which is part of Accenture's wider technology platform.

Genfour is a Wales-based information technology and services company, focused on the automation of business processes. The company, which was founded in 2012, offers a range of solutions in the space, including robotic process automation (RPA), cognitive technologies and desktop automation. Genfour has supported a range of clients with automation solutions, particularly in the insurance, banking and utilities industries.

The acquisition of Genfour by Accenture, strengthens the firm’s presence in the intelligent automation space, to which the firm has dedicated considerable resources, including the training of more than 70,000 professionals in a range of related technologies and models. The space is likely to becoming increasingly important as a range of industries seek to improve their operations, including, for instance, insurance – although the large-scale automation of businesses may potentially result in job losses.

Accenture acquires intelligent automation firm Genfour

Genfour’s personnel will join Accenture’s Accenture Operations global Intelligent Automation team, and will be more widely integrated into the firm’s new UK-based Accenture Center of Excellence for Intelligent Automation. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Remarking on the acquisition, Manish Sharma, Group Operating officer at Accenture Operations says, “Intelligent automation is transforming the way businesses across industries operate, driving new levels of productivity, innovation, compliance, quality user experiences and improved decision making. With a strong track record of building and managing flexible, scalable automation solutions, Genfour’s highly skilled professionals will help accelerate the transformation and re-engineering of our clients’ business processes through intelligent automation, enhancing our ability to deliver on the promise of as-a-Service.”

James Hall, CEO of Genfour, remarks about the firm’s move to Accenture, “With growing demand for intelligent automation solutions, we’re excited to be joining Accenture to help build better automated processes and tackle complex process opportunities for clients. We look forward to continuing to help clients use automation to successfully implement a digital workforce that can ultimately improve both internal operational efficiencies and customer experience.”


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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.”