Accenture buys cloud service provider Cloud Sherpas

05 November 2015

Accenture has acquired cloud services provide Cloud Sherpas for an undisclosed sum. The 1,100 staff from the US-based Cloud Sherpas will join Accenture’s newly created Accenture Cloud First Applications team.

Founded in 2008, Cloud Sherpas is an Atlanta-headquartered global technology and advisory services company. The company provides cloud based services, with specialisation in Google, Salesforce and ServiceNow, solutions to companies looking to manage their customer relationships and streamline their IT processes. Since its founding, the company has enjoyed rapid growth, today employing 1,100 staff across offices in the US, Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, UEA and the UK.

To strengthen its position as a leading provider of cloud based services proposition to clients seeking cloud based solutions, Accenture has acquired Cloud Sherpas. The acquisition combines Accenture’s strength in cloud strategy and technology consulting with Cloud Sherpas’ strength in cloud application implementation, integration and management services.

Accenture buys Cloud Sherpas

The deal sees Cloud Sherpas’ employees join the newly created Accenture Cloud First Applications team. This team will continue to deliver Sherpas’ cloud services, including for Google, NetSuite, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Workday and other ‘pure play’ technologies.

“The addition of Cloud Sherpas to the Accenture Cloud First Applications team reinforces our position as a leading global provider of enterprise cloud services,” comments Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s Chief Technology Officer. “We welcome the extremely talented Cloud Sherpas specialists to Accenture, where together we are even better positioned to help clients move their businesses to the cloud and achieve significant business results faster than ever before.”


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.”