A message from Max Joy our UK President on the integration of MLM Group
The past few months have been a time like no other in our lives. Together, we have faced an unprecedented situation and great uncertainty as we have all responded to new challenges, alternative ways of working and economic uncertainty.
During this difficult time, I have been inspired by the professionalism and resilience seen throughout Sweco and the dedication of our people to support each other and stay close to our clients. Whilst the sudden emergence of COVID-19 has changed the way in which we work and collaborate, it has also created a unique opportunity for us to work more closely with our colleagues at MLM Group to ensure that we emerge from the pandemic as a stronger combined business.
The beginning of 2020 was a momentous time for us. In February, we released our joint 3-year strategy, in which we stated our intent to complete our integration by September of this year. Little did we know how quickly COVID-19 would impact upon our aspirations. The best laid plans….With the unexpected challenges we were facing, we decided in April to pause all integration activity to focus on the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and the long-term strength of the business. That was a difficult decision to make, but I am convinced that as a result of the integration pause, we are a better business. The pandemic has enabled us to work collaboratively to get us through the crisis, and in my experience, the strongest teams are forged from adversity.
Over the past few months, I have witnessed all our people working incredibly hard to adjust to the challenges of working from home. I have been humbled by their professionalism, determination and enthusiasm, as well as their ability to maintain a much-needed sense of humour! This has been particularly evident in our joint crisis management team, coming together to facilitate the best decisions for our people, our clients and the business. A further example is the work our teams have undertaken to help MLM Group migrate to our ERP platform. This particular milestone is a significant step towards combining our businesses, enabling us to harness the breadth of our services and expertise to deliver greater value to you, our clients.
As we enter the Autumn, I look back with real pride at everything we have achieved during these challenging times. The impact of the pandemic will continue to be felt for some time, but we must maintain our strategic focus and look to the future. We have therefore resumed our integration activities, which will be completed in March 2021. Bringing Sweco and MLM Group together is an exciting new chapter in Sweco’s story here in the UK and Ireland. By combining our specialist expertise, our client centric approach and our commitment to deliver innovative solutions, we are striving to become the consultancy of choice both for our clients as well as our people.
I very much look forward to working with you and strengthening our relationships so that we can continue to transform our society together.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or your usual contact within the business. In the meantime, I hope you and your families remain safe and well.
Max Joy OBE
President of Sweco UK