BDO buys Canadian consultancy firm Interis Consulting

22 March 2013 Consultancy.uk

The Canadian practice of BDO has boosted its consulting services with the acquisition of management consulting firm Interis Consulting. Approximately 50 consultants based in four offices in Canada (Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto en Edmonton) will join BDO. 

Interis Consulting is specialized in large transformations, change management, risk and compliance services. Its key focus lies in two industries: public sector and financial services. BDO Canada was founded in 1920s and has since grown to become Canada’s fifth largest accounting and consulting firm. BDO Canada has more than 3,000 partners and professionals spread across 106 offices.

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Denis Godcharles, Managing Partner at Interis, says: "We are excited to join BDO and gain the value of its support to our practice. By combining our strengths, we will continue to achieve national growth and reach a larger platform to benefit new and existing clients".

Keith Farlinger, CEO of BDO in Canada, adds: "Our new union will serve as another positive step in the firm's mission to grow and provide world-class accounting and advisory services. We not only share similar business philosophies, but also a strong emphasis on supporting our clients, people, and local communities".

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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”