Independence is a core value for the firm, says OC&C

23 June 2017

On Tuesday, reported that EY is rumoured to be eyeing OC&C Strategy Consultants, one of the globe’s premier strategy consulting firms. Commenting on the news, David Krucik, Managing Partner of OC&C Strategy Consultants, says that the firm is remaining independent, and will leverage its growth and unique capabilities to further expand its footprint across the globe. 

Krucik says OC&C were bemused to read the article’s view on the future of the firm, sending in below reaction to set the record straight: 

“Over the 30 years since OC&C’s foundation, we have been called almost every week by firms and investors wanting to snap us up. However flattering this is, the answer is always the same: our partners started* with and remain committed to a vision of independence. That continues to be part of a winning strategy that has proved successful globally and enables us to achieve above market growth year on year.”

“The OC&C global firm is not in conversations with anyone about being acquired, nor interested in starting such a conversation. We’re too successful and having too much fun as it is.”

David Krucik, Managing Partner of OC&C Strategy Consultants

“We are incredibly proud of our clients, who are winners in their fields and includes 15 of the world’s 50 most valuable brands. We focus on our deep sector expertise and specialist knowledge to deliver bespoke solutions for our clients. This is something we can deliver with our scale and the quality of our staff.”

“As we look to the future, we are focused on growth and adding more offices to our International Partnership across the world’s largest markets, further expanding our footprint and ability to serve our clients in our chosen sectors.”

OC&C Strategy Consultants has fourteen offices in nine countries, generating revenues of round $150 million.

* The consultancy was founded in London in 1987 by two former partners of the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. 


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.”