Warwick-based NMG Consulting joins OmniCyber Security

08 February 2019 Consultancy.uk

Cyber security expert NMG Consulting has joined with OmniCyber Security to form a holistic cyber services firm based in the UK. The deal sees OmniCyber Security further bolster its capacity for end-to-end work in the sector, having recently partnered with Dark Trace and Sophos.

Founded in 2015, NMG Consulting is a provider of cybersecurity, compliance, infrastructure and incident response services, serving organisations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, United States, Canada and Asia Pacific. The firm’s partners include bsi and conosco, helping the consultancy to provide a bespoke and pragmatic consultancy services that are designed to meet the unique challenges of any organisation.

With the cybersecurity scene becoming even more important to businesses in the UK and across the world, consulting firms which cater to the security needs of companies have seen demand spike. In turn, this has seen them become attractive propositions for acquisition, and the Warwick-based NMG is no exception to this.

Warwick-based NMG Consulting joins OmniCyber Security

Solihull-headquartered OmniCyber Security offers clients access to protective measures for cyber security and related regulatory compliance via offensive technology, defensive controls and GRC services. Omni has been working to build itself into a holistic, end-to-end service provider in recent times, having already partnered with cyber firms Dark Trace and Sophos, a pair of market leaders in their respective fields. Keen to expand its presence in the consulting sector, the firm has completed the purchase of NMG for an undisclosed fee.

The deal sees the conjoined firms hoping to offer customers a breadth of services spanning the whole cybersecurity spectrum, from cyber essentials for a small SME to monitoring an international bank's whole IT infrastructure. At the same time, NMG founder Nish Gopal will join Omni as Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Bobbie Bhogal, a Director at OmniCyber Security, said of the news, "We are very excited at OmniCyber Security to have acquired NMG Consulting, headed up by Nish Gopal. Nish brings with him a wealth of hands-on experience in governance, risk and compliance strengthening OmbiCyber’s capability to consult in subjects such as ISO27001, GDPR, supplier assurance and PCI. Nish will work closely with Jason McWhirr, our QSA, to provide a first-class information security services to our clients."

Gopal has previously worked for the Ministry of Defence, Hewlett-Packard and BAE systems, and noted his own "delight" at the deal. He added, "I was highly impressed by the sheer calibre of the team and wealth of experience already at Omni, headed up by director Bobbie Bhogal… Our objective is to make Omni into a market-leading boutique cybersecurity consultancy and our vision is to be as agile and flexible as possible. By being this way, Omni will be able to tailor our service offerings to meet clients' actual requirements instead of trying to shoehorn standard templated solutions into different clients."

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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.”