The acquisition of Medley Business Solutions by Chaucer Group was announced in mid-December – I was delighted to play a significant part in this transaction.
Chaucer has grown strongly over recent years and is now well established as a leading consultancy in people centric digital transformation in the UK and USA. Joining with PE-backed Bip Consulting in mid-2020 has given Chaucer the ability to expand faster through partnering with other BIP companies and investment in both organic and inorganic growth activities.
Founded in 1997, Medley has built an enviable reputation as a client-side IT and management consulting firm operating in UK Public Sector. Its experienced practitioners are at the heart of a number of highly successful IT transformation programmes in central government, criminal justice, government agencies and NDPBs.
Medley was looking for access to a wider skillset to enable it to provide additional value to its client base. Chaucer wanted to grow its existing Public Sector expertise by adding more senior IT capability and through acquisition of a team with an existing set of executive-level relationships and a solid book of business that it could merge in with its own.
The two firms already had some experience of each other through partnering activity on bids and client assignments – some additional focus was placed on this to prove that joining together would be beneficial to both firms. The business fit continued to look good and the cultural fit was very positive. Things took off and a deal was discussed, agreed and completed in great spirit and with a joint outlook on what the parties wanted to achieve individually and together in the coming years. Client feedback has been extremely positive and the combined team is looking forward to achieving even greater outcomes for all.
See here for Chaucer’s press release.