UK supply chain consultancy Hughenden joins Efeso Consulting

13 November 2017

Hughenden Consulting, a boutique UK supply chain consulting firm, has joined forces with Efeso Consulting, an international management consultancy with 27 offices globally. Hughenden founder Hugh Williams and a team of around ten consultants will transfer to the UK arm of the Paris headquartered consultancy.

Founded by Hugh Williams, a well-known expert and speaker at numerous supply chain conferences, Hughenden Consulting is a specialist consultancy that provides supply chain-focused consulting and training services to clients. The firm has since its founding in 2001 built a solid reputation for facilitating change programmes related to Sales & Operations Planning (Integrated Business Planning), Sales Forecasting, Inventory Optimisation, Production Planning & Scheduling and Materials Planning.

The company, which is located in High Wycombe, has completed engagement in 25 different countries, for organsiations such as GSK, Cargill, BSH, Castrol, Knauf, and Mattel.

In recent years, Hughenden Consulting have come across and even worked on projects with consultants from Efeso Consulting, with 450 consultants and a network of 27 local offices one of the globe’s larger management consulting firms. Efeso was established in the 1980’s when two European consultancies merged, and following another large merger in the summer of 2007, between French Solving and Italian Efeso, the firm operated as Solving Efeso until it rebranded late 2015 as Efeso Consulting.

Efeso Consulting supports clients with a wide range of management consultancy and digital services, spanning strategy, organisation, operations, lean, procurement, supply chain and change management. The firm also provides a set of M&A services, focused mainly on operational due diligence – in the summer Efeso’s French arm for instance advised Belgian mid-market private equity firm Argos Soditic Partners on its investment in aviation company Revima Group.

Supply chain consultancy Hughenden joins Efeso Consulting

Integral supply chain offering

The addition of Hughenden Consulting to Efeso’s network significantly bolsters its supply chain practice, with Clive Geldard, Group Vice President Retail & Supply Chain at Efeso, stating “This is an exciting expansion of our supply chain and human dynamics capabilities, bringing the distinctive Hughenden style to our team.”

He added that the deal will enable Efeso to provide clients with an “end-to-end supply chain management” offering, from strategy through execution. The move comes in a period when an integral approach is becoming increasingly important for clients, as trends such as changing consumer preferences and digitisation are changing the way how companies design their supply chains, and the requirements they pass on to players in the €2.7 trillion transport and logistics market.

The two advisory firms share a number of long- established client relationships with each other – on the back of the synergies in the portfolio, Efeso and Hughenden expect to increase their footprint at major accounts. Among the methodologies Hughenden Consulting will bring in to Efeso is its knowledge in Vested: in February this year Hughenden became the first UK consultancy to become a certified Centre of Excellence for Vested, a business model, methodology, mind-set and movement for creating highly collaborative business relationships.

Efeso Consulting already had a small presence in the UK, based in Birmingham. No details have been released on the integration plans between Hughenden Consulting and Efeso Consulting UK.

In March this year, another UK supply chain consultancy, LCP Consulting (around 30 consultants), also joined forces with a larger international player, BearingPoint, while US strategy consultant BCG expanded its own European supply chain capabilities last year with the acquisition of Germany based Inverto.


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.”