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FDI specialist Oxford Intelligence joins Ecorys

PRESS RELEASE - UK-based Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) consultancy Oxford Intelligence Ltd and Ecorys, a leading international research-based consultancy with headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, have joined forces to create a new enlarged Oxford Intelligence business, incorporating Ecorys’ FDI business interests.

Established in 1996, Oxford Intelligence has grown to become one of Europe’s leading independent research-led consultancy organisations specialising in FDI, economic development and trade. The company provides a wide range of industry, sector and corporate intelligence solutions, including services such as lead generation and company tracking and products such as IPAWorld (the world’s leading FDI and corporate intelligence service for economic agencies); the Location Skills Audit; and in-depth research investment strategy and benchmarking reports on industry sectors ranging from life sciences to renewable energy.

Ecorys is one of the leading knowledge companies in Europe, with a history that spans more than 80 years. Specialising in economic, social and spatial development, the company offers services such as research, consultancy and project management. It focuses on complex market, policy and management issues covering economy and competitiveness; regions, cities and real estate; energy and water; transport and mobility; social policy, education, health and governance.

Oxford Intelligence and Ecorys will integrate their FDI teams, forming a larger specialist business. The executive team will be led by Oxford Intelligence Managing Director, Peter Lemagnen and will include Oxford Intelligence Operations Director, Julia Cox, and Richard Liebrechts, an Ecorys Partner, serving as Directors. Atze Verkennis, Ecorys Managing Partner, will join the board as non-executive member. Oxford Intelligence will be a wholly-owned company reporting to Ecorys International.

Peter Lemagnen, Managing Director, said: “I am delighted that Ecorys has recognised the huge potential that exists in the market to develop and expand both companies’ products and services. The expertise of Oxford Intelligence in foreign investment, aligned to the broad economic skills and resources of Ecorys across the world, will enable the rapid development of the new enlarged business unit and provide existing clients of both businesses with a wider range of solutions.”

Dr Julia Djarova, Managing Director of Ecorys International, noted that “Oxford Intelligence has a highly-respected brand name, a strong network of clients, and a well-established range of products, systems, and services in the area of FDI. There are clear synergies with the work undertaken by Ecorys in the field of economic development and we look forward on building on the combined strengths of both companies to target a range of new markets and opportunities.”

About Ecorys
Ecorys (www.ecorys.com) is a leading international research-based consultancy offering sound analyses and independent advice on economic, social and spatial issues to public and private clients. With approximately 500 professionals and a global spread of 28 permanent and representative offices, Ecorys delivers real benefits to society through research, consultancy and project management in more than 100 countries annually. Our clients profit from the wide range of expertise and multidisciplinary knowledge that challenge complex issues across borders and boundaries. Following our legacy since Nobel Laureate Jan Tinbergen founded the company in 1929, we value our independence, integrity and partnerships.

About Oxford Intelligence
Oxford Intelligence (www.oxint.com) is a leading business intelligence and research company operating in the field of economic development, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade. Established in 1996 and headquartered in the UK, Oxford Intelligence operates throughout the world via a network of offices and partners. Originally focused on advanced research and intelligence-led lead generation, the company has grown to become one of Europe’s leading independent research-led consultancy organisations specialising in FDI and trade. It provides a wide range of industry, sector and corporate intelligence solutions, including services such as lead generation and company tracking and products such as IPAWorld (the world’s leading FDI and corporate intelligence service for economic agencies); the Location Skills Audit; and in-depth research investment strategy and benchmarking reports on industry sectors ranging from life sciences to renewable energy.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Lemagnen, Oxford Intelligence (peter.lemagnen@oxint.com) Tel: +44 (0)1908 521477
Julia Djarova, Ecorys International (Julia.djarova@ecorys.com) Tel: + 31 (0)10 453 88 00