30 consulting firms make the MCA Awards 2016 shortlist


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.

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Arup: Arup reveals how Europe is responding to ageing populations


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

30 separate consulting firms make MCA Awards 2015 shortlist


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

Winners dazzle at MCA awards


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

MCA announces shortlist for 2011 Awards


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