Dutch management consultancy Twynstra expands international footprint

25 May 2018 Consultancy.uk

A Dutch consultancy with decades of experience providing strategic and sustainable solutions is expanding its international client base. Twynstra seeks to make a difference by helping public and private clients solve some of the world’s most pressing climate and energy-related challenges.

Sustainability is not a buzzword but an umbrella term encompassing a huge range of projects and strategies dedicated to securing the planet’s future. Many of the most complex engineering projects and formidable strategic decisions underway today are grounded in issues of sustainability – whether it be preventing climate conflict in Africa, or reducing plastic waste in the ocean.

Hugely important sustainability initiatives from Colombia to Bangladesh enjoy the support of Dutch management consultancy Twynstra Gudde. The consulting firm has come a long way since being founded more than 50 years ago in the Netherlands. Today the firm has around 300 consultants in the Netherlands, including a team busily engaged in every corner of the globe, providing organisational solutions to a growing roster of clients.

With access to 70+ local offices worldwide through its membership of Cordence Worldwide – a worldwide management consulting partnership – the global footprint of Twynstra’s alliance network is impressive. In comparison, the alliance has a larger presence than among others A.T. Kearney (58 offices) and Roland Berger (50 offices), and is on par with for instance Strategy&, the strategy consulting arm of accounting and consulting giant PwC. Twynstra’s international offering includes advisory and execution services in the fields of energy transition; smart sustainable transport; water governance and climate; the circular economy; climate change; and asset management. The firm also has decades of expertise helping public/private partnerships.

Dutch management consultancy Twynstra expands international footprint

“We are particularly strong in strategy and policy development, governance and cooperation issues, interest management, and project and programme management”, says Zenzi Pluut, Managing Partner at Twynstra Gudde (as it is known in the Netherlands). Netherlands-based projects have traditionally been the firm’s main source of revenue but Twynstra’s international reputation is growing.

“Our consultants have the desired knowledge and expertise in these functional areas and can then bridge the gap to, for example, spatial planning, mobility and infrastructure, or to water and climate adaptation”, continued Pluut, who believes that helping clients with energy transition projects is one of Twynstra’s greatest strengths.

Cordence Worldwide

She not only leads the firm’s large water, energy, transport and infrastructure projects in the Netherlands, but also nurtures Twynstra’s relationship with Cordence Worldwide. Through its membership of the international network, Twynstra can leverage a local presence throughout Europe, the US, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Cordence membership also provides invaluable access to more than 2,600 consultants dotted around the globe – each with unique specialist knowledge. 

In one sustainability project where the firm’s experts were called in for, Twynstra was hired to help support the establishment of Colombia’s National Center for Water Modelling. Dutch expertise in water infrastructure management is held in high regard around the world and Twynstra, with its specialised sustainability and water management focus, was drafted in as a key consulting partner. 

Its role included performing diagnostics, stakeholder analysis and establishing an implementation plan that covered organisational design, sustainable financing and strategic positioning. Twynstra also provided advisory services to the Dutch government on its future relationship with the much-needed new centre – which was necessitated by catastrophic floods in the country.

Another example saw Twynstra working in partnership with US consulting firm North Highland and Chinese design consulting firm S.Point Design to advise one of the world’s largest energy companies on the future of sustainable transport. The Netherlands-headquartered company is also a key consulting partner on the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, a comprehensive strategic plan to help secure the country’s extremely vulnerable coastline. Closer to home the Dutch firm is working with European partners to advise the Netherlands on the creation of a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2025.

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”