Deloitte Consulting acquires HR consultancy firm FCTB

10 July 2015

Big Four accountancy and consulting firm Deloitte has acquired consultancy firm FCTB. The acquisition improves the strength of Deloitte’s human resources consulting and talent management, as well as of its HR-cloud based services offering. The acquisition of the Amsterdam based firm sees both the employees and current projects moved to Deloitte. Sanne Welzen, previously managing partner at FCTB, will become a Partner at Deloitte Consulting.

FCTB is a consulting firm that focuses on HR Transformations, HR Technology and Talent Management. The firm was founded in 2002 and has since been located at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The firm has a professional staff of more than 25, as well as access to a large network of Associates. FCTB is part of INDICIA and a member of the European network of HR-consultancies iTalent Alliance.

Deloitte neemt HR consultancybureau FCTB over

HR transformations are in 2015, in addressing the developments surrounding the HR and talent management cloud – with an eye on the coming war for talent, more and more often on the strategic agendas of HR-departments. With the acquisition, Deloitte Consulting strengthens its service offering with reference to HR Transformations, HR Technology and Talent Management. “Deloitte is focused on strong qualitative growth of both the services offer of HR Transformation and HR Cloud. Deloitte has a leading position in HR Transformation and HR Cloud in the Netherlands and has ambitions to further strengthen its position. The acquisition of FCTB contributes to the realisation of Deloitte’s ambition,” explains Mario van Vliet, Managing Partner at Deloitte Consulting.

Growing market
Deloitte expects the services offered within the three functional areas – HR Transformations, HR Technology and Talent Management – to continue to grow over the coming years. “We are seeing growing demand for these kinds of services and associated professionals. We are the best positioned to deliver end-to-end solutions, from HR (transformations) strategy to implementation,” adds Van Vliet. “This is a good step for FCTB and Deloitte, but also for our clients for whom the acquisition means that we are able to better serve their requirements.”

Sanne Welzen en Mario van Vliet - Deloitte

As part of the acquisition, Deloitte will take over activities performed by FCTB, including current assignments, relation and employees, for whom the move to Deloitte’s network will open doors. “We offer our new employees access to a large international network of colleagues and clients, as well as new growth and personal development opportunities,” says Van Vliet.

Finally, Deloitte Consulting will, as part of the deal, further expand its partners team: “We can also announce that Sanne Welzen, formally Managing Partner at FCTB has been appointed as Partner at Deloitte Consulting,” concludes Van Vliet.


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.”