Yorkshire headquartered digital consultancy acquired by Accenture

Global professional services company, Accenture, has acquired Leeds-headquartered cloud and digital transformation consultancy Infinity Works.

The deal strengthens and expands the cloud delivery and engineering capabilities of “Accenture Cloud First” in the UK.

The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Accenture recently announced the creation of Accenture Cloud First, a multi-service group of 70,000 cloud professionals, and a $3bn/£2.15bn investment over three years to rapidly expand its cloud service capabilities and offerings.”

Infinity Works employs 440 people and has offices across the UK including Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and London.

With experience across multiple sectors from retail to financial services and some of the largest digital-led projects in national government, it helps some of the country’s most recognised brands digitally transform.

It provides a range of services including cloud, data, design and research, mobile, and full-stack engineering.

Founded in 2014, the business employs experienced software engineers, data engineers, cloud architects, and cloud certified specialists.

Karthik Narain, global lead of Accenture Cloud First, said: “Acquiring Infinity Works is a significant step in advancing our Accenture Cloud First strategy and capabilities in the UK, and in achieving our purpose to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity.

“The Infinity Works team brings deep cloud and engineering specialization and increases our ability to leverage cloud-native architectures, applications and methods to help clients innovate and operate with speed and flexibility at scale.”

Paul Henshaw, co-founder at Infinity Works, said, “Ever since Infinity Works was founded, we have used cloud-first approaches to help our customers migrate to the cloud and enable them to digitally transform at scale and speed.

“We are proud of our proven experience of delivering across multiple sectors using a combination of our unique working culture, values, and technical expertise.

“Accenture’s resources and capabilities will enable us to better support our customers’ digital projects while providing them with the same exceptional levels of service they’ve come to expect.”

Emma Kendrew, cloud infrastructure engineering lead at Accenture UK & Ireland, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Infinity Works team as they bring a strong culture and unique approach to cloud that aligns well with Accenture.

“Modern software engineering is critical to unleashing the transformational power of cloud and adding the exceptional talents of the Infinity Works team will help propel us forward in realising our Cloud First ambitions.”

An Addleshaw Goddard Corporate team in Leeds advised Infinity Works on the deal, led by partner Richard Hunt and including associates Tom Hopwood and Charlotte Martin, and trainee Shannon Hardcastle.

Hunt said: “Infinity Works has been a long-standing client of Addleshaw Goddard, and we advised the founders on the initial investment from GCP back in 2019, so it has been a pleasure to work on this deal and seeing the journey through to a successful conclusion.

“Yorkshire is nationally recognised as a hub for digital excellence, and Infinity Works is a fantastic example of the high quality businesses that operate out of the region.”

Clearwater International also advised Infinity Works, led by Leeds partner Richard Goldsack, partner Carl Houghton, director Wesley Fell-Smith, associate directors Jonathan Grant and Kirsten Handley, associate Gregory Cornes and executive Carly Sinicrope.

Goldsack said: “Infinity Works is a real Yorkshire tech success story, the growth of the business over the past seven years has been remarkable and I am sure will now continue with Accenture’s global reach and wide service offering.

“This deal is a great example of Clearwater combining our regional market knowledge, sector expertise in the tech space and leveraging international reach through our relationship with US partners KeyBanc Capital Markets.

“It was a pleasure to work with Infinity Works’ founders and the management team and we would like to wish the entire team all the best on the next stage of their journey.”