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With over 75 years of design heritage, PA Consulting is still playing a key role in creating the iconic infrastructure of tomorrow. Exemplifying this, the firm was involved in the design of the UK’s first nationwide electric vehicle charge point in 2021, as well as a revolutionary medical device to improve patient end-of-life comfort for Bearpac Medical.

At a time when the speed and quality of innovation is critical to business success, PA Consulting has strengthened this offering, by welcoming Design Partners to its firm. For over 35 years, Design Partners has served an international client base across the consumer, technology and healthcare sectors. It will now complement and enhance PA’s strategy and design capabilities as part of its end-to-end innovation offering.  

PA Consulting adds innovation agency Design Partners to offering

Ken Toombs, CEO at PA Consulting, stated, “We are so pleased to welcome Design Partners’ multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers to PA Consulting. Their focus on integrity, exceptional people, excellence, and innovation complements PA’s own values. Design Partners’ ethos of being able to create the future, as opposed to simply imagining it, directly aligns to our mission of building a positive human future.” 

Toombs added that the partnership will extend PA Consulting’s design capabilities, further enhancing the firm’s ability to deliver products, solutions and experiences for clients. Design Partners’ unique blend of strategic consulting and product design capabilities brings specialist expertise in product strategy, design for sustainability, wearable technology, human interaction devices, and medical device design. Meanwhile, becoming part of PA Consulting will open up market opportunities around the world.

Trevor O’Reilly, CEO of Design Partners also noted, “We are delighted that PA and Design Partners are coming together. PA’s experience in amplifying design with science and engineering, conceiving, and delivering ingenious new products and services will magnify our capabilities. Together we can provide our clients with an exceptional full suite design and innovation offering.” 

Design Partners has previously designed landmark products for some of the world’s most respected brands including Logitech, Cosmed, Cricut, Beyerdynamic, Jameson and Honeywell. The firm’s work has been recognised by over 100 industry awards in the last five years, including Good Design, RedDot Best of the Best, IF award and IDSA Gold. It joins PA Consulting for an undisclosed fee.

Brian Stephens, Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Design Partners added, “As one of two original founders of Design Partners over 35 years ago, I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved to date. Now is the time for the team to look to the decades ahead and write their own future. I am delighted that in PA we have found a partner that is so clearly aligned with what we care about and worked hard to achieve.”