International acquisition of privately owned UK business

Case Study2nd Mar 2022

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Our Client 

An international North American listed and based specialist foods producer acquired a privately owned UK business.  

Independent project management was required to plan, manage and formalise the integration of the two businesses over a fixed term period. 

Key challenges were differing working styles and processes, culture and geography and shared / different international products and markets. 

Our Approach 

  • Applied specialist software to manage integration in real time globally 
  • Established a physical and virtual project management office 
  • Defined and led sub-project teams to handle more than 40 work streams 
  • Produced a tailor-made and flexible integration project management plan software solution to specific requirements 
  • Commissioned functional sub-teams to co-ordinate the integration projects 
  • Aligned process to the company’s strategic framework 

The Outcome 

  • A tailored solution that addressed softer issues such as cultural and business style differences 
  • Imbedded integration team in the acquired business which gave peace of mind 
  • Maximised collaboration and identification of synergies across the two businesses, avoiding “them and us” from the outset 
  • Removed the strain and pressure of managing integration, allowing for business and operational continuity without distraction 
  • Broke down an overwhelming and resource heavy process into manageable and realistic planned activities
  • Tailored a flexible integration planning software solution to specific requirements

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