Baker Consulting & The Norris Group form Baker Norris

15 October 2015

The US-based consulting firms Baker Consulting and the Norris Group have joined forced to form Baker Norris. The new firm will leverage and synergise their respective parts to provide broader set of capabilities to their clients drive real business results.

Baker Consulting is a US-based consulting firm, founded in 1999. The firm provides global clients with a range of services, including strategy consulting, deployment, support and training services. The Norris Group is a small consultancy specialised in, among others, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

The announcement that the two firms will join forces sees the formation of a new firm and brand: Baker Norris. The new firm will synergise their respective offerings to provide current and new clients with a comprehensive set of services that enable innovation, outsourcing, technology strategy and implementation services. Tom Norris, CEO of The Norris Group, will join as Partner and co-founder, while Chuck Baker, CEO of Baker Consulting, will head up the new firm as CEO.

Baker Norris

Commenting on the merger, Baker says: “We are thrilled to have the Norris Group join the Baker Consulting family. With this combination our organisation provides the most comprehensive integrated suite of strategic consulting tools and technology; industry insights and research; and development solutions to help businesses thrive. We want to be the world’s most respected provider of objective consulting and implementation services. The Norris Group takes us a big step closer to realising that vision.”

Norris adds: “Baker Consulting and its seasoned leadership team have done a fantastic job building a solid and successful operation that provides superior innovation services to the market,” says “I’m confident that by merging the two firms we can deliver a more comprehensive solution to our clients.”


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.”