Accenture acquires Netherlands based CRMWaypoint

06 January 2016 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has acquired Netherlands based cloud CRM Salesforce provider CRMWaypoint. The deal will see CRMWaypoint’s team join Accenture's Cloud First Applications team, considerably boosting its Salesforce capabilities in the Benelux region. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

CRMWaypoint was founded in Amsterdam in 2006, and has since grown to become a leading force in CRM cloud based solutions within the Benelux area. The company, now employing 41 people across two offices in the Netherlands, has, since its inception, championed cloud based CRM solutions for clients. Its Salesforce based proposition deliver clients with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that offer low investment costs, rapid time-to-market, good ROI and high flexibility. In 2013 the company was named a Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner by Salesforce, following a 5 year commitment to the ERP-vendor.

Accenture’s acquisition of CRMWaypoint provides the firm with a strengthened position to offer cloud based services to clients within the Benelux region. The deal will see CRMWaypoint’s staff join Accenture's Cloud First Applications team, whose primary task is to deliver Salesforce, Workday, ServiceNow, Google and other “pure play” cloud technologies to the firm’s client base.

The acquisition of CRMWaypoint adds a significant Salesforce heritage to the firm's offering, including more than 580+ Cloud CRM implementations, 60 Salesforce certifications among its team and 90.000 hours of Salesforce project implementation experience. The deal follows on another recent deal in which the firm boosted its cloud based service capabilities, picking up Cloud Sherpas in November.

Following the integration of service capabilities, Accenture and CRMWaypoint will be able to provide an "end-to-end solution for cloud based offering using a range of platforms, including technology consulting, cloud application implementation, integration and management services", say the partners.

Peter van Tilburg, Accenture’s Cloud First Applications lead for the Netherlands says: “Together we are even better positioned to meet the growing demand for cloud solutions. Our Cloud First agenda is focused on helping clients improve their business growth, agility and competitive advantage by leveraging all of the benefits cloud can deliver.”

Ton van der Meer, founder and CEO of CRMWaypoint, says: “Over the past years, we’ve forged a team delivering significant growth in the Netherlands, which culminated in our company being recognized as a platinum partner by Salesforce in 2015. As a next step, we’re excited to become part of Accenture as this will give us even more opportunity to develop our people and leverage their skills to drive cloud adoption and implementation for leading brands on a global scale.”

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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.”