Capita Resourcing buys recruitment firm ThirtyThree

19 March 2015

Capita has acquired UK-based recruitment advertising company ThirtyThree, a move that, according to the consulting firm, will boost its existing resourcing and recruitment scheme. As part of the deal, ThirtyThree will be incorporated into Capita Resourcing, with the leadership remaining in place.

ThirtyThree is a British recruitment and advertising agency that provides employer branding, research, employee engagement and digital media services and helps organisations with resourcing and retention challenges, attracting new talent and deepening engagement with existing employees. The company has been established in 1998, is headquartered in London and has 104 employees working from its offices in Bristol and London.


For business process outsourcing and professional services firm Capita, the acquisition will strengthen its existing resourcing and recruitment proposition as well as add branding expertise, allowing it to offer a wider suite of services to new and current customers. These services include innovative graduate recruitment and emerging talent campaigns. As part of the deal, ThirtyThree will be integrated into Capita Resourcing, although preserving its own leadership team and locations in London and Bristol, and its more than 100 employees will join Capita’s global workforce of more than 62,000 employees.

Commenting on the acquisition, Nicola McQueen, Director of Capita Resourcing, says: “ThirtyThree is one of the UK’s foremost employer branding agencies, with a track record and client list that speaks for itself. In the current market, ensuring that your company has a strong employer brand is crucial to ensure that you can recruit and retain key talent. Working with ThirtyThree, we look forward to developing cutting-edge campaigns for our customers.”

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Andrew Young, Chairman of ThirtyThree, adds: “We are excited about a new phase of growth and development for ThirtyThree under Capita’s ownership. As part of Capita Resourcing we’ll be able to offer a broader range of services to our clients and new development opportunities for our people. Capita’s track record of nurturing and supporting the many businesses it acquires speaks for itself.”



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.”