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Planit continues international expansion with acquisition of Shift Left

 8 Nov 2022 
Planit grows its UK footprint by acquiring Shift Left Planit grows its UK footprint by acquiring Shift Left
Planit grows its UK footprint by acquiring Shift Left
INSIGHTS / Press Releases

Planit continues international expansion with acquisition of Shift Left

 8 Nov 2022 

Planit, the world-leading provider of quality engineering, quality assurance and application testing services, has increased its footprint in the UK with the acquisition of fellow quality specialists, Shift Left Group. Headquartered in Yorkshire, Shift Left’s mission is to make business and technology better for its clients, by providing the strategies, solutions and advice needed to move quality earlier and throughout lifecycles of change.

Planit enables businesses to deliver better software, with confidence, by providing the skills, smarts, and solutions needed to improve the quality of their software and the way they deliver it. Headquartered in Sydney, Planit is the leading provider of quality engineering solutions, consultancy, services and training, in the Asia Pacific region.

The acquisition of Shift Left sees Planit contend for the second spot amongst specialist quality engineering service providers worldwide and grows the group’s rapidly expanding UK-based headcount beyond 300. With the backing of its parent company, Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed economic research firm, system integrator and consultancy, NRI, Planit has its sights firmly set on achieving the top spot in its industry before the completion of its Vision 2030 strategy.

Mike Weale, CEO of Planit, said the acquisition of Shift Left is a progressive and forward-thinking development that will enable opportunity and success for technology partners and industry professionals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shift Left to the Planit group and take our enhanced combined serviced offering, to the United Kingdom and European technology landscape.” Mr. Weale said. “Further to this, we can offer our employees increased opportunities across the combined entity, which will also benefit our customers.”

“Through this acquisition, we can leverage Shift Left's suite of services and strong customer base to expand our offerings throughout the UK and into Europe, which is key to executing our Vision 2030 strategy.”

“Planit and Shift Left share a commitment to quality. This is reflected in our core strengths and corporate values. Together, we will work towards a sustainable and secure future through the seamless connection between people and technology.”

Under the acquisition, Shift Left, will continue to operate under its brand, with its Co-Founders David Rigler and Alan Upton leading Shift Left operations.

According to Managing Director, David Rigler, its partnership with Planit will enable Shift Left to continue its focus on providing a quality service to its customers by leveraging the scale and capability that Planit has within its existing operations.

“We were listening to the needs of our customers, and we could clearly see the opportunity to expand our global reach and extend our service offerings. We also knew that achieving this on our own would be possible, but would take significant time and investment. We needed to find a partner with a substantial global footprint and Planit was the logical choice. Not only did we have a historical relationship, we also knew that they had the capability and capacity to move our business forward,” Mr Rigler said.

“Alan and I look forward to seeing our organisational synergies come to bear, as together we reinforce our core offerings and deliver our clients enhanced strategic thought leadership within the quality engineering space.”

Shift Left joins Planit locally in the UK and globally into the wider business footprint across Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and India. The acquisition figure is confidential.


Planit is a global leader in quality engineering and application testing services, helping companies build better software. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Planit employs over 1900 employees across Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, India and the United Kingdom. Planit was founded in 1997 in Australia and has operated in the United Kingdom since 2015 when it established its Reading office, before subsequently opening in London and supporting clients remotely across the region. In 2021, Planit was acquired by Nomura Research Institute (NRI) Australia, part of NRI global, a member of the Nomura Group.

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Shift Left Group:

Shift Left was founded in 2015 to make business and technology better for its clients by moving quality earlier and throughout lifecycles of change. Headquartered in the North of England, Shift Left now provides services to clients across the United Kingdom and Northern Europe. Shift Left has more than 80 consultants who provide managerial, technical and thought leadership across a wide range of quality related services including quality engineering, quality assurance and application testing services.

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Founded in 1965, NRI is a leading global provider of consulting services and system solutions, including management consulting, system integration, and IT management and solutions for the financial, manufacturing, retail and service industries. Clients from all layers of these individual industries partner with NRI to tap NRI’s research expertise and innovative solutions across the organization to expand businesses, design corporate structures and create new business strategies. NRI has more than 16,000 employees in more than 100 offices globally including New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. NRI reports annual sales above £3.2B. NRI is rated “A” by S&P Global Ratings Japan. In 2021, NRI acquired Planit as part of its Vision 2022 strategy, and have continued to expand its global presence by acquiring Qual IT and SEQA in New Zealand, and now Shift Left in the UK,as part of its Vision 2030 strategy.

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