Practice news: PwC expands insight services

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A round-up of the latest news, appointments, executive moves and acquisitions from the world of practice in August 2017.

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PwC expands insight services

2 Aug - PwC’s acquisition of Optimisa Research signals an expansion of its insight consulting business, particularly its qualitative and consumer-led research capabilities.

PwC Research, as the merged teams will now be known, expands the firm’s connected insight reach, with additional capacity in London, Belfast and Leeds.

PwC Research leader Honor Mallon said the Optimisa merger would give the firm "unrivalled" market differentiation. "By merging our business expertise, research capability and data analytics we can provide insight that will help organisations worldwide, make better strategic decisions."

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Pullan Barnes joins Baldwins group

1 Aug -  Baldwins continues to add to its rapidly increasing portfolio with the announcement of its latest acquisition, Durham-based firm Pullan Barnes.

News of the acquisition comes as Pullan Barnes celebrates its 25 year anniversary. The firm’s partners Mike Barnes and Yasmin Bari will continue to lead both its offices, while co-founder Keith Pullan will stay with the firm as a consultant.

Bari said: “In a year where we have been reflecting on the firm’s past successes, it’s fitting that we have also been able to future-proof the business by joining the Baldwins Group.”

The deal increases Baldwins’ North East presence, joining the recent acquisitions of Rowlands, SV Bye, Brennan Neil & Leonard and GT Grant.  Commenting on Baldwins’ North East expansion, Martin Barber from Baldwins said: “The Group is always on the search for potential areas where it can use its specialisms to help businesses to flourish.”

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