Bain & Company snaps up UK firm Enterprise Blueprints

25 January 2023 3 min. read

Bain & Company has acquired Enterprise Blueprints, a provider of enterprise and solution architecture consulting services. Equiteq advised the strategy giant on its purchase of the UK-headquartered company.

According to Bain & Company’s research, 93% of companies have undergone technology transformations in recent years, but of those only 6% are on track to achieve their goals. Many firms attempt to go it alone, and underestimate the process – often leading to failure. As a result, obtaining end-to-end support is increasingly seen as vital to improving the chances of successful digital transformation. From the strategic design to implementation, companies are seeking a broader range of external support more than ever.

As one of Bain’s fastest-growing capabilities, the firm’s Enterprise Technology (ET) practice has advised companies across industries and around the world. The consultancy’s global ET team supports core platform modernisation programmes, the adoption of agile operating models, the development of next-generation data platforms, and more. Adding Enterprise Blueprints to this practice will bolster its support for transformations even further, to offer up a holistic, end-to-end service.

Bain & Company snaps up UK firm Enterprise Blueprints

“Our work in enterprise technology helps clients solve complex, high-stakes problems and deliver superior business value,” said Stephen Phillips, Head of Bain’s global ET practice. “Together, the firms combined expertise will support clients’ technology transformations end-to-end, from strategy to the realities of scale delivery. The acquisition will work to strengthen Bain’s pre-existing enterprise technology services with offerings that are especially important in leveraging technology to create competitive advantage.”

Founded in 2008, Enterprise Blueprints is a London-based consulting firm which supports organisations at various stages, from start-ups to global corporations across an extensive suite of technology architecture services including strategy, resilience, data, cloud, and security and cost optimisation. Many of its clients are in the financial service sector, and include many FTSE 250 and global corporations.  

Following completion of the deal with Bain, Enterprise Blueprints will continue to operate independently as a branded service line within Bain’s ET practice. It will also continue to provide services to its pre-existing clients across financial services and other private and public sectors, while expanding its footprint across Bain’s global client base.

“We are very excited to be joining forces with Bain to offer solutions that help companies achieve maximum results,” said Neil Mulholland, CEO of Enterprise Blueprints. “This deal allows us to build on, as well as reinforce, what we’ve accomplished over the last fifteen years.  We look forward to future achievements with Bain; ones that will allow us and our clients to reach even greater heights.”

Professional services M&A advisory firm Equiteq advised Bain on its acquisition of Enterprise Blueprints. Equiteq is an international provider of strategic advisory and M&A services to consulting firms and the broader knowledge economy.

Jerome Glynn-Smith, Managing Director at Equiteq, added, “This transaction is a testimony to how powerful the combination of deep technology capabilities with strategy is, delivering board-level consulting value and results.”