Ohio-based consultancy Change 4 Growth launches UK office

12 April 2019 Consulting.us

Westerville, Ohio-based transformation consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) has launched its first location in the UK.

C4G specializes in transformational change services, and has developed a strong client roster within the retail sector, supporting notable firms such as American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Eddie Bauer. C4G delivers consulting offerings in the areas of organizational change management, culture alignment and engagement, instructional design and e-learning, leadership development, and project delivery support.

With the retail sector being hit by violent waves of disruptive e-commerce and shifting consumer preferences, massive organizational change is increasingly in the cards, whether as a preventative measure for healthy future growth or as an “it’s probably too late” restructuring initiative. 

C4G was founded by CEO Beth Thomas, a veteran consultant with 25 years of experience supporting organizations through major transformations, organizational change, and employee engagement initiatives. Before founding C4G in 2017, Thomas was managing director of consulting at human resources outsourcing and advisory firm Sequent, and senior vice president and head of retail training and development at banking giant JP Morgan Chase.

Ohio-based consultancy Change 4 Growth launches office in the UK

C4G's new location, at London LABS House, will be helmed by managing director David Lucas, who will lead the firm’s change management offerings in the UK.

UK-based retail consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting (TPC) Group made a significant investment in C4G last year. The investment allowed TPC to expand its retail sector offering into the area of organizational change management. C4G’s London office will be at the same location as TPC’s London headquarters.

The UK retail market is currently an attractive target for change consultants (and insolvency and restructuring specialists, for that matter). The UK High Street has been battered by e-commerce incursion, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, with PwC reporting 2,692 retail store closures versus 1,569 openings in the first half of 2018.

As the UK braces for the fallout of a potential no-deal Brexit and the looming end of the business cycle, C4G will likely find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services.

"Many of our clients are global organizations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain's innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a Change 4 Growth office in the UK," Thomas said. "Now, with David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting, also located in London, we're more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries."

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Digital talent marketplace Catalant opens an office in London 

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US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019 Consulting.us

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, 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 northwest 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.