Manchester: And what else happened last week? A round-up of the rest of the news in brief.
- Atos acquired Quality Equipment, supplier of electronic payments in the Netherlands, in particular to the catering, vending and parking sectors. Atos has been using Quality Equipment for the last 15 years, and the company will now be integrated into Atos Worldline. Quality Equipment produces systems for payment, identification, access management and is an all-in-one supplier of PIN terminals for various applications. The company employs 70 people and grew revenues by 20% in 2011. Atos says the main goals of this acquisition are to reinforce the roll out of Atos Global Payment strategy by value added services to its current acquiring and terminals portfolio in Benelux, increase its sales force and expertise and offer innovative services to merchants, and become the leader in terms of terminals and merchants services in the Netherlands.
- Roland Berger Strategy Consultants received its third "Work and Family" certificate, a renewed recognition of the international strategy consultancy's family-friendly personnel policies. The certificate confirming the successful "Work and Family" audit is awarded every three years by berufundfamilie gGmbH — an initiative of the Hertie Foundation. It certifies companies, institutions and universities that enable their employees to achieve a good work-life balance. Around 1,000 employers are currently certified in Germany. "We are very proud to be receiving the 'Work and Family' certificate again," said Friederike Woermann-Seiger, Head of Global Talent Development at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, "because our company has been committed to improving our employees' work-life balance for many years now."
- Private Public (PPL) Ltd joined the MCA. The London-based firm was founded in 2007, works with organisations to help improve the quality and efficiency of their services, and has a client base spanning the NHS, local government, education, the private and third sectors. Simon Morioka, Managing Director of PPL said, "We are delighted to become a member of the MCA. Membership represents an important landmark and a key source of knowledge and support for our client work. In turn it is a real privilege to be offered the opportunity to help shape the development of the consulting industry in the UK."