MHA MacIntyre Hudson & MHA Bloomer Heaven merge

08 July 2015

Baker Tilly International member firms MHA MacIntyre Hudson and MHA Bloomer Heaven have decided to merge as part of MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s continued growth strategy. Following the merger, MHA Bloomer Heaven will take on the name of MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Both firms are also members of MHA, the UK association of independent accountancy firms.

MHA Bloomer Heaven is a Birmingham-based accountancy firm, which focuses on providing accountancy and business advisory services to a wide range of companies and organisations in the manufacturing, property, law and not for profit sectors.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson is an in 1880 founded accountancy firm based in London that provides its clients a full range of services concerning audit, governance, tax mitigation or corporate finance. While the firm specifically focuses on small & medium-sized businesses (SMEs), it also works with larger enterprises chasing growth. The firm has 14 offices across the UK.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson & MHA Bloomer Heaven merge

As part of a pattern of continued growth, MHA MacIntyre Hudson decided to merge with MHA Bloomer Heaven, a move that will bolster its national presence and reinforce its commitment to delivering service excellence in both the short and long term.

For MHA Bloomer Heaven, the merger will provide it the scale and resources needed to significantly build on its client portfolio. The firm will continue to work from its office in Birmingham, while taking on the name of MHA MacIntyre Hudson. “This is a very exciting and important development in the history of our firm. In recent years we have continued to build both on the range of services to our clients and the way in which we deliver them. This merger with MHA MacIntyre Hudson now means we are able to offer an even greater breadth of services, expertise and knowledge which we believe will further support the wide range of businesses we work with,” explains Chris Barlow, MHA Bloomer Heaven Managing Director.

Rakesh Shaunak and Chris Barlow

Rakesh Shaunak, Chairman of MacIntyre Hudson, adds: “We have enjoyed a very successful relationship with MHA Bloomer Heaven in recent years and our two businesses are the perfect fit. It was an obvious development for us to formalise our relationship with them with this merger. The combination of MHA Bloomer Heaven’s reputation, presence and potential in the West Midlands, coupled with our national and international experience, expertise and resource will allow us to truly expand both firms’ services into the region. We are delighted that MHA Bloomer Heaven is joining the MHA MacIntyre Hudson community.”


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.”