Altran opens new office in Derby, 8th in United Kingdom

04 May 2015

Altran has opened a new office in Derby, its eight in the United Kingdom. The new location is strategically placed in the heart of one of UK’s major manufacturing hubs, and stands close to several of the firm’s large clients.

Derby is located in East Midlands and has a population of 248,700. It is regarded historically as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, having hosted Lombe’s Mill, purported to have been the first factory in the world. Today, the city continues to be a manufacturing hub, hosting the second largest aero-engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, and Derby Litchurch Lane Works. The city is also one of the leading UK cities for high-tech areas, with 12% of its workforce in such functions.

The aim of the opening of a new office in Derby, based in Derwent Business Centre at Clarke Street, by Altran is to strategically place itself in a key UK engineering hub, with its new location making it easy to access clients it services and supports in the region.

Altran opens office in Derby

Explaining the move into the new city, Mike Simms, CEO of Altran UK, says: “The Midlands is a thriving industrial hub, which is of increasing importance for many of the sectors in which we provide our expertise. We consider positioning ourselves at the centre of this activity a key priority and look forward to being part of this community.”

Denton Clutterbuck, Head of Aerospace and Defence at Altran UK, adds: “The Midlands is host to companies operating at the cutting edge of innovation. We have taken an active interest in the region for some time, notably through our involvement in the MAA (Midlands Aerospace Alliance). We are therefore delighted that the time has come to realise our goal of opening an office in this area renowned for excellence in engineering. The office will bring us closer to valued customers based here and provide us with a springboard for growth in the region.”


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US change management consultancy opens office in London

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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.”