Mercer buys consulting firm Censeo Corporation

28 October 2011

Mercer has bought Censeo Corporation, a human resource consulting firm that offers online leadership assessment products and services to help organizations select, develop and retain talent. The acquisition builds upon Mercer's consulting strength and capabilities in strategic talent management. The transaction is expected to close at end of October and terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Mercer - Censeo Corporation

Censeo is a full-service service provider in the area of assessments, leadership delivery and management reporting. Last year Censeo's Leadership Simulation Assessment was named a “Top Product of the Year” by HR Executive Magazine. Censeo's products and services include:

  • 360 degree feedback: Platform for delivering and reporting on multi-dimensional surveys.
  • TalentSIM: An online platform to measure such “soft” skills as leadership and sales effectiveness through job simulation.
  • Employee surveys: Platform for measuring employee engagement, and for identifying opportunities to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Consulting services: Assessment-related consulting to help select, retain and develop talent and leverage assessment data for maximum value.

“Our clients tell us that the ability to attract, develop and retain talent is a key competitive differentiator”, said Jason Jeffay, Human Capital Segment Leader for talent management at Mercer. “We believe the acquisition of the business of Censeo will further strengthen Mercer's consulting insights into best practices of talent management. Censeo has a strong management team and highly-regarded products, and we believe the combination of our two businesses will enable us to further enhance our client consulting services.”


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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.”