Retail consultancy TPC expands in US, invests in Change 4 Growth

12 January 2018

Retail-focused firm Thought Provoking Consulting (TPC) has invested in US-based change management firm Change 4 Growth (C4G), formerly Sequent Consulting. The move sees London-headquartered TPC expand its presence in the US, where it has an office in Carlsbad, California.

As the fee rates of large, premier consulting firms continue to rise, clients are beginning to look more favourably on smaller, specialized consultancies to cut costs and receive more customized and industry-specific advice. According to a recent report, 75% of respondents who work with management consultants believe that in five years’ time, small-to-medium sized service providers (with fewer than 500 employees) will have an important role in their firm

This is good news for smaller firms like UK-based retail specialist Thought Provoking Consulting. The boutique firm, which currently has a growing team of over 30 specialist consultants, recently invested in US-based Change 4 Growth (C4G) – a retail change management consultancy. The move will add excellent capabilities in change management to TPC’s portfolio, to go with its current major service offerings related to retail planning, pricing, supply chain, and 3D product lifecycle management.

Thought Provoking Consulting and Change 4 Growth

“Change 4 Growth has a strong pedigree in organisational change management which we have not previously been able to offer clients,” commented TPC Co-Founder Keith Taylor.  “They have a strong presence in the US and so will strengthen the group’s presence in this market while we can help them expand into the UK and Europe.”

C4G has worked with top retail clients including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and Eddie Bauer, providing organizational change management services, as well as leadership development, e-learning, and recruitment.

Clients of TPC’s retail-focused consulting services have included Superdry and Shop Direct, among others.

Beth Thomas, CEO of Change 4 Growth said of the deal, “I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting to continue to grow our US business as part of the Group. I love their customer-centric approach and feel a great cultural fit and believe we are stronger together. The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain.”

New Hire

TPC also expanded its US team with the announcement that it had hired Sara Niles-Toth as its Business Partnership Director in the US. Toth has over 20 years’ experience in business development, creative marketing, design ideation, and sales. She also has a design and creative background in the New York fashion industry.

Toth will be able to support clients with her deep understanding of the creative and design process, while optimizing change through digital, automation, software, and self-service.

Toth holds a BFA in Surface Pattern Design from Syracuse University.

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US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019

Slalom is on the move again, this time expanding its UK footprint. The American tech consulting firm has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm, which opened a London office in 2014, was formerly known as Slalom Consulting until a 2015 rebranding.

The announcement of the Manchester move follows a January relocation of its more than 700 Chicago-based employees from its office in Chicago’s Prudential Plaza to Aon Center, the third-tallest building in the city. Slalom’s previous space at Prudential was separated between floors, causing inconvenience. The new space at Aon is a marked improvement, in addition to the sheer size difference, with the move nearly doubling the firm’s floor space. The space will also utilize hoteling (scheduled workspaces), project-based workspace, and flexible areas for events and education. Slalom also expanded into Canada in 2016, opening an office in Toronto.

Paul Squire, managing director of Slalom’s London location, will head up the Manchester office. “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future,” he said.

Slalom has been one of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years, and has partnerships with powerhouse organizations including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Tableau. It employs more than 6,500 people in 29 offices across North America and the UK.US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office“Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services; which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise,” Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and investing in the local community."

“Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom. There are strong complementarities between Slalom and Greater Manchester’s efforts to collaborate with companies going through digital transformation and supporting them to grow within the region. Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester,” Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, added.

In December 2018, the firm launched Slalom Build, a software and tech product “Build-as-a-service” offering that enables companies to build cloud-native software and tech products. While Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, Slalom Build centers can currently be found in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.