Global innovation capabilities enhanced for consultancy firm after latest acquisition

Mergers & Acquisitions | Midlands

PA Consulting
PA Consulting, a global innovation and transformation consultancy, has acquired Essential Design, a Boston-based innovation strategy and product design business, for an undisclosed sum.

The consultancy firm, based in London with an office in Boston, supports innovations such as Virgin Hyperloop One’s reinvention of transportation, Skipping Rocks Lab’s efforts to create sustainable plastic alternatives, and Monica Healthcare’s quest to save lives of unborn babies through innovative monitoring.

Formed in 2001, Essential has flagship clients in the consumer, life science and healthcare sectors. Its diverse team of researchers, designers and engineers inform and translate innovation strategy, to create breakthrough physical and digital products.

Frazer Bennett, PA Consulting’s chief innovation officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome Essential Design to PA Consulting. Their team is passionate about understanding and empowering people; creating design-led visions that inspire change.

“This will also enhance our US presence, the brilliant Essential team will extend our capabilities at the front-end of design, bringing our clients’ customers a world of ingenuous opportunities.”

Essential Design’s founding partners, Scott Stropkay and Richard Watson, added: “We’re very much looking forward to joining PA Consulting.

“Their range of expertise, commitment to client success and unique ability to deliver innovative physical and digital solutions, building the futures we both imagine, is awesome. Becoming part of PA Consulting allows us to design more comprehensively, affecting more positive change for our clients.”

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