Mercer buys CPSG Partners, 200 Workday experts join

08 January 2016 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Mercer has acquired CPSG Partners, a Dallas based IT firm specialised in Workday implementations. With the move Mercer expands its portfolio of Workday finance and HR services, across a broad array of industry segments and employers operating Financial Management and Human Capital Management solutions.

Workday services represents one of the key pillars of Mercer’s growth strategy in the technology consulting segment, and roughly a year after it picked up Workday specialist Jeitosa the consulting firm has further bolstered its capabilities in the field with the purchase of CPSG Partners. Founded in 1997, CPSG Partners is an IT consulting firm dedicated to the design and implementation of Workday solutions. The US based firm has in recent years booked strong growth – CPSG Partners can boast of several recognitions racked in of late, including a top 10 position in the IT Services nation-wide category of Inc.’s 5,000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America – and currently employs a team of nearly 200 Workday-certified consultants across offices in Dallas, Houston and San Jose.

“With the addition of CPSG, our successful and rapidly growing Workday practice will gain the scale to serve the largest clients and expand the scope of our services into the Middle Market as well as education and government sectors,” says Ilya Bonic, President of Mercer’s Talent business. Besides adding scale, the pickup enables Mercer – one of the globe’s largest HR consultancies – to further blend its consulting heritage with cutting-edge technology deployment skills, a combination which according to Bonic will empower Workday clients to “better manage their most important assets – their finances and people.”

From CPSG’s perspective, the joining of forces with Mercer will open up a range of new client opportunities, including a large untapped client base as well as significant cross-selling potential towards HR advisory and other transformation support services. Commenting on the integration of the two firms, which has already kicked off following the official deal announcement, Rohit Mehrotra, CEO and Founder of CPSG Partners, says: “Mercer, like CPSG, is hyper-focused on their employees and the quality of the client experience. I am looking forward to building a globally diversified, best-in-class Workday practice for our employees, partners and customers.”

Since October 2014 Mercer serves as a an Advisory Services Partner of Workday.

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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.”