Four Best Use of Thought Leadership projects, from four different firms have been announced as finalists for the 2017 MCA Awards. The award recognises excellent demonstration of the impact of an initiative or approach to thought leadership by a consulting firm.read more
The main event in the UK’s consulting calendar continues to attract a rich diversity of management consulting firms and consultants. read more
30 management consulting firms have made the shortlist for the 2016 MCA Awards following a record number of entries. The MCA Awards are the main event in the UK consulting calendar and are recognised as the benchmark for quality within the profession. Winners will be announced at the gala ceremony and dinner on Thursday 21 April.
Arup has launched “Shaping Ageing Cities” – a new report that analyses how ten European cities are responding to ageing. This forward-thinking report, undertaken by Arup in collaboration with HelpAge International, Intel ICRI Cities and Systematica addresses this global concern through a comparative overview of the performance of 10 European cities.read more
On the 23rd September 2016, thousands of consultancy candidates will descend on The Barbican Exhibition Hall in Central London, to meet recruiters from a broad spectrum of management consultancy firms at Top-Consultant.com’s 6th annual Consultancy Careers Fair. read more
Big Four firms win nine MCA Awards... read more
The main event in the UK’s consulting calendar continues to attract a rich diversity of management consulting firms and consultants - with 30 separate firms shortlisted for the 2015 MCA Awards. The awards evening will take place on Thursday 23 April. Winners are decided by an independent panel of expert judges. read more
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, announced 1,200 new jobs at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, with 500 new positions in its newly opened digital business. read more
A rich diversity of management consulting firms and consultants has been shortlisted for this year’s MCA Awards - with over 30 separate firms making the greatly-prized shortlist. read more
John Lewis Partnership MD presents ‘Embedding a Culture of Ownership’ (#EmbeddingEO) session at Scottish Enterprise. read more
Our management consultancy columnist, Mick James, reports on the 16th Management Consultancies Association Awards.
As an enthusiast for awards I was delighted to be allowed to squeeze into my ever-shrinking dinner suit one last time and enjoy fine dining and good company in an upmarket hotel while the best and brightest of the profession paraded their greatest hits before me.
And it really is a parade, the MCA awards are now in their 16th year but are unrecognisable from the days when a few of us would cram into a smallish room to hear about some of the best case studies from the previous year. With 22 awards to get through after dessert there was barely time to usher each beaming group of winners onto the stage and give them their gongs before the next lot were due up.
With such an embarrassment of riches it’s hard to take too much away from the evening apart from “didn’t they all do well?” Even our host, comedian Tony Hawks, gave up on the effort of tailoring his address to such a diverse and all-encompassing industry and instead did a short skit about how people continually mistake him for someone else with a very similar name. Perhaps next year they should invite his skateboarder namesake to respond.
The MCA now offers awards in 13 project categories with three overall awards and, with the Institute of Consulting awards now apparently in abeyance, the MCA offers six individual consultant awards. Consultant of the Year was Deloitte’s Lasse Lund, the Best New Consultancy was Q5 and Atos scooped project of the year for its work with the Hillsborough Independent Commission. I could, of course, follow our host’s lead here and list the rest of the winners but that would only leave room for an anecdote of how I spent a surreal few minutes during the early part of the evening trying to introduce myself to a man with a very similar name to mine (spooky double coincidence or what?.
But I’d rather take a step back and look at how the awards as a whole paint an interesting picture of the industry and the wider world to which it belongs. The Big Four and the other major consultancies were there in force – Ernst & Young winning the most awards, but not excessively. There was also plenty of representation from smaller companies, often with bigger clients than their globe-spanning rivals. Finance is clearly a major sector client, but by no means dominant. Many of the awards are public-sector specific so this sector was well-represented, even if its share of MCA revenues has declined. But it’s worth noting that public sector projects also featured strongly in other categories and gave a snapshot of some of the transitions in service delivery that are even now transforming health, local government and policing.
In the private sector you can also detect the aftershocks of other recent events – coping with the impact of regulation and the effect on customers of the bank bailouts, immigration and apprenticeships. It reminded me of why I love this industry so much – as a journalist you are not just in touch with what’s happening but the people who are making it happen.
Anyway, here are rest of the winners: sadly there is little space here now to go into the details of these projects, but hopefully you will take a few minutes to go the MCA website and read about and enjoy the diversity and topicality of these projects. read more
Gordon Wilkinson joins AECOM from Arup where he held a similar role overseeing its consultancy business in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa. read more
Topping the lists for most shortlisted project and individual categories are PwC with twelve, Ernst & Young with seven, and Deloitte with seven. read more
The MCA (Management Consultancies Association) has announced the names of Britain’s top consulting firms that have been shortlisted for the 2012 MCA Awards. read more
Boxwood wins for project where it turned Carphone Warehouse into a leaner, more effective organisation in just 12 months. read more
The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is one step closer to finding Britain’s top consulting firms and can now reveal the names of the shortlisted consultancies for the MCA Awards 2011. read more
The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is one step closer to finding Britain’s top consulting firms and can now reveal the names of the shortlisted consultancies for the MCA Management Awards 2010. read more
MCA Management Awards recognise the very best in private and public sector management consulting. read more
The 2008 Consultancy Careers Fair, the annual fair organised by Top-Consultant.com that was held on 9 - 10 October at the Barbican Centre in London, has proven a success despite the difficult economic climate with more candidates attending than last year. read more
With so many people to see in just one day, Top-Consultant.com managing director Bryan Hickson provides a rundown of the exhibitors to help you maximise your effectiveness at the Fair. read more