Cedar Management Consulting acquires IBS Publishing

11 August 2015 Consultancy.uk

Cedar Management Consulting has acquired IBS Publishing and its IBS Intelligence unit. IBS Intelligence provides uniquely researched news content on technology trends within the financial markets, as well as offering its own consulting practice. The deal provides Cedar with a wider range of in depth consulting knowledge around technological trends, for among others, the Indian banking market.

IBS Publishing is an UK based financial technology research, publication and consulting firm that includes the in 1991 established independent media and analysis platform IBS Intelligence. IBS Intelligence provides news and insight into global financial technology markets. Besides media, the company also has a consulting arm that provides market information to a wide range of clients, including among others, Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Close Brothers, Deutsche Bank, ING Bank, Lloyds TSB, Misys, Oracle, Polaris, and the Rabo Bank.

Cedar Management Consulting is an in 1985 founded US-based global consulting, advisory and analytics firm that assists its clients in the area of strategy, process, strategic human capital, and business technology. The firm has 500 professionals working from its network offices in 16 countries.

Cedar Management Consulting acquires IBS Publishing

Through the acquisition of IBS, Cedar Management Consulting considerably strengthens its range of offerings to its worldwide clients in the area of knowledge in banking technology and wider trends. The deal is partly aimed at expanding within the Indian market, with the consulting knowledge and prowess acquired, to be leveraged for old and new clients in the Indian banking system.

“IBS has a strong research platform and it is important that consulting firms globally have a strong research platform. Research and consulting go hand in hand, both exchange knowledge, there are cross-selling opportunities, research clients would like to buy custom services and vice-versa. From a business point of view, it gives you some kind of annuity because consulting income is up and down and project based,” comments Sanjiv Anand, Managing Partner at Cedar Management Consulting.


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.”