Altran buys risk management consultancy IJS Consultants

10 June 2015

Altran UK has announced the acquisition of risk management consultancy IJS Consultants. As part of the deal, IJS Consultants’ expertise will be incorporated into Altran’s Intelligent Systems division, boosting its nuclear sector offering.

IJS Consultants is an in 2003 established specialist nuclear safety and environmental and risk management consulting firm. The firm offers its clients throughout the UK’s civil and defence nuclear markets consultancy services and solutions, ranging from full project management to detailed assessment and verification. IJS Consultants has its headquarters in Manchester, with additional offices in Glasgow, Penrith and Reading.

In line with its ambition to boost its skillset and strengthen its offering to the nuclear sector, high-tech engineering consulting firm Altran UK decided to buy IJS Consultants, adding its expertise to its Intelligent Systems division.

Altran buys risk management consultancy IJS Consultants

Commenting on the deal, Mike Simms, Chief Executive Officer of Altran UK, says: “We’re delighted to confirm the acquisition of IJS Consultants. Their expertise will enrich our nuclear sector offering, enhancing our capability at a critical time in the nuclear industry. We look forward to welcoming this team of highly-skilled experts into the Altran Group.”

Jim Grace, Director and Co-Founder of IJS Consultants, adds: “The acquisition represented an excellent opportunity for all parties, not least for the IJS personnel, providing the structure and framework to deliver services on a national and global level. The nuclear industry holds many exciting opportunities for the Altran Group; IJS Consultants’ expertise will complement Altran’s skillset and strengthen the Group’s offering to the industry.”


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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.”