Arthur J. Gallagher & Company buys UK consultancy Gatehouse

12 December 2017

Fortune 500 insurance broker and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. have announced the acquisition of London-based Gatehouse Consulting. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed by the American buyers, who are headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Chicago.

Gatehouse, which joins Arthur J. Gallagher’s global Communication consulting operations, was founded in 2006 by Simon Wright and Lee Smith. Today the London-based business is recognised as a leading specialist agency with a global client base. The full-service agency offers strategic communications support to UK multinational companies, as well as multinational companies with a UK presence, primarily in the areas of internal change management, employee engagement, employee benefits, recruiting, and training and development.

“Gatehouse Consulting is an outstanding firm that will provide a terrific complement to our existing communications consulting operations as well as tremendous cross-selling opportunities,” said J. Patrick Gallagher Junior, Chairman, President and CEO of Gallagher.Arthur J. Gallagher & Company buys UK consultancy GatehouseTim Johnson, CEO Gallagher Benefit Services UK added, “We are delighted to welcome Gatehouse to the Gallagher family, they share our dedication to outstanding customer service and the same business approach that has made us so successful. Together we are looking to build one of the most forward-thinking, full-service Communication consultancies in our industry”.

Gatehouse’s clients include more than a quarter of the FTSE 100 companies, as well as a host of leading professional service firms, central government departments and not-for-profit organisations. The buyers are keen not to break up a working team, and so Simon Wright (director and co-founder of Gatehouse), Lee Smith (director and co-founder) and their associates will continue to operate in their current location near Tower Bridge, in the UK capital of London. The trio will run the business under the direction of Leslie Lemenager, head of Arthur J. Gallagher’s international employee benefits consulting and brokerage operations.

Gatehouse co-founder Simon Wright added, “This is a really exciting time for us. From the day we founded Gatehouse over a decade ago we have always had big ambitions for this business. Joining forces with Gallagher provides us with a global footprint spanning 34 countries – the perfect springboard for creating the world’s leading Communication Practice.”

Arthur J. Gallagher have been working to build their communications operations over the course of 2017. In May, the firm appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer in the form of Chris Mead. Mead took on responsibility for the firm’s global marketing and communications strategy and campaigns, and reports directly to global CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Junior.


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.”