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Consumer sentiment on disposable income continues to improve – Deloitte Consumer Tracker
However, consumers remain cautious about spending on going out, short breaks and holidays. read more
Five rules for account management
Late last year we embarked on our most ambitious research programme ever, speaking to hundreds of senior clients in the world’s major consulting markets about their views on consultants – the sharpest intakes of breath came when we asked about account management, says Fiona Czerniawska, co-Founder of Source. read more
Frost & Sullivan: Synergies between Electric Vehicles and Mobile Apps to Spark All-round Growth
Mobile apps to engage users and galvanise shift to EVs, creating ever newer windows of opportunity. read more
Mortgage approvals on the rise – housing transactions expected to hit one million mark by end of year, says Ernst & Young ITEM Club
Nida Ali, economic advisor to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, comments on this week’s lending figures. read more
Skills gap is hindering growth for UK businesses – PwC report
UK business leaders are calling for the Government to prioritise initiatives that help foster a skilled workforce as nearly two thirds of UK CEOs (65%) say a lack of key skills is hampering their growth prospects. read more
Capgemini to Create up to 500 New High-Tech Jobs in the Scottish Highlands
Inverness selected as new global centre of excellence for advanced IT. read more
CBI calls for acceleration on infrastructure
The CBI today (Monday) commented on the Public Accounts Committee report Planning for Economic Infrastructure. read more
Global survey reports on financial services hiring
Recruiting challenges, retention concerns emerge as common themes – Robert Half, releases its latest global hiring report. read more
Status quo for UK quoted companies as some listed sectors struggle against a backdrop of slow growth
Quoted companies issued 72 profit warnings in Q1 2013 but numbers should fall if expectations remain in balance and the global economy holds steady – Ernst & Young report. read more
131 management consultancy firms braced for takeover
The management consultancy industry should brace itself for takeovers as a series of curious circumstances begin to shape the industry, argues a new market report from analysts Plimsoll Publishing. read more
Did UK business enjoy its most stable period in recent history under Margaret Thatcher?
The team at Real Business Rescue have been working hard on a new Infographic centred around the recent passing away of Margaret Thatcher and a look back at her time in office in comparison to her predecessors. read more
Government must build confidence, says CBI
The CBI has responded to today’s Office for National Statistics first estimate of GDP over the first three months of 2013 – showing quarter-on-quarter growth of 0.3%. read more
Foster British tech talent, and City tech talent
The Government is failing to acknowledge the widespread British technology company talent across the country, despite figures announced yesterday which highlight that 77 per cent of British tech companies are based outside of London, says Elizabeth Gooch, CEO and founder of British technology company, eg solutions. read more
Telecoms Hunger for Power Boosts the Batteries Market
A Frost & Sullivan’s web conference will discuss how the adoption of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and the infrastructure it requires are influencing demand for batteries. read more
KPMG named as a top employer for women
KPMG has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list, which recognises those employers that are committed to gender equality in the workplace with measures to attract, retain and develop the careers of talented women. read more
Manufacturing orders disappoint but output is up, says CBI
New manufacturing orders fell slightly in the three months to April but output increased and firms are expecting orders to grow in the next quarter. read more
The power of business rules – the jungle gym of customer service
…and the future for mobile customer service. read more
Widespread business optimism gives global economy a temporary boost, reveals Global Economic Conditions Survey in Q1 2013
UK business confidence grows for third consecutive quarter. read more
BAE Systems Detica unveils Detica CyberReveal®
The first defence-grade product to give businesses a new in-house approach to security intelligence. read more
GCC consulting market closes in on $2bn landmark
A report released today (21st April 2013) by Source Information Services (Source), has found that the combined GCC consulting market grew by 18 per cent between 2011 and 2012, and is now worth just short of $1.9bn. read more
UK SMEs abandon traditional marketing in favour of online and mobile tools
48% say traditional marketing accounts for less than 10% of activity. read more
“People Powered Health” wins PPL the top prize for Innovation at the Management Consultancies Awards
An independent management consultancy took home the ‘Award for Innovation’ last night at the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Awards. read more
Atos team wins major new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence
Atos, an international IT services company, has today announced that it will lead a team, comprising Vega, a Selex ES company (Finmeccanica group) and Information Services Group (ISG), to become the UK Ministry of Defence’s (UK MOD), Defence Communications Networks Services Strategic Partner (DCNS SP). read more
Capco recognised by The Times as one of Top 50 Employers for Women
Honour affirms Capco as a leading employer on gender equality. read more
CBI comments on latest employment statistics
The CBI today commented on the latest labour market statistics for the three months to February, from the Office of National Statistics, which show that unemployment rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million, while employment edged down slightly, by 2000. read more
Could the NHS save itself from more scandal and spiralling negligence costs?
Mary Clarke, CEO of Cognisco, responds to news that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been put into administration. read more
Ernst & Young steals the show with four consulting awards
Ernst & Young’s UK Advisory practice won four of this year’s Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Awards in a prestigious ceremony last night. read more
Financial heavyweights battle for title of Britain’s best
Auditors, banks and recruitment firms shortlisted for FDs’ Excellence Awards 2013. read more
Global Employee Mobility – Short and long-term overseas assignments expected to increase in 2013
Companies see United States, Brazil, China, UK and Australia as priority areas for assignments in their respective regions. read more
Health joint venture launched in Manchester
Today marks the launch of GTD Entrusted, a new commissioning support joint venture formed by Manchester-based companies GTD and Entrusted Group. read more
Hillsborough Independent Panel wins top prize at the 2013 MCA Awards
Atos Consulting Wins Project of the Year. read more
How businesses can safeguard the security of their data
With the employees increasingly working with a range of devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones, David Sturges, Chief Commercial Officer at hosted desktop company, WorkPlaceLive www.workplacelive.com, looks at how businesses can safeguard their company data. read more
KPMG recognised for ground-breaking solutions as firm wins industry award
KPMG has been recognised for its ability to help clients boost performance and increase transparency across public sector organisations after winning a prestigious award in the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) annual ceremony, held in London. read more
Leaders can be more effective by making ten changes to their approach, claims Hemsley Fraser
Hemsley Fraser, the leadership and development company, claims that today’s leaders can improve their own performance, and that of their organisation, if they make ten changes to their attitude and behaviour. read more
Roland Berger study: Using the product value management approach, manufacturers can improve customer satisfaction and profits at the same time
Companies should rank product features and how customers perceive them at the same level as product costs. read more
Eastward Ho!
Our management consultancy columnist, Mick James, muses on the benefits of the MCA’s new location in Cornhill. read more
Building a Successful Consulting Business: Appetite For Work
Welcome to the seventh article in our series on building a successful consulting business. read more
Deloitte CFO Survey: Business confidence is bouncing back
The latest CFO Survey shows CFOs’ perception of macro and financial uncertainty dropped to the lowest level since Q1 2011. read more
NORTH HIGHLAND ANNOUNCES QEDIS REBRANDING
Qedis becomes North Highland – offering a broader range of consulting services under a single global brand. read more
CBI COMMENTS ON IMF CUT TO UK GROWTH FORECAST
The CBI today commented on the International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook report, which cuts UK growth predictions from 1.0% to 0.7% for 2013. read more
Cold weather no barrier for online shoppers in March
According to the latest results from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, online shoppers were not put off from making purchase decisions by the freezing weather in March, as online retail sales rose 16% year-on-year. read more
CBI COMMENTS ON NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATES
The CBI today commented on changes to the National Minimum Wage rates from October 2013. read more
Growth slows in Nordic consulting market as globalisation challenges bite
A report by Source Information Services (Source) released today (11th April 2013) has found that growth in the Nordic consulting market has fallen from 8 per cent to just 2 per cent in the last twelve months (2011-2012), despite a relatively strong Norwegian market, which grew by 5 per cent. read more
International Paralympic Committee extends Worldwide IT Partnership with Atos
Supporting the IPC to stage world-class events and bring the sporting excellence of Paralympians to an international audience. read more
Social Media Must Be Mastered When it comes to Graduate Recruitment
At a breakfast seminar held by WCN, the leading UK and global e-Recruitment software provider, Civil Service Fast Stream, Engineer Graduates, Works4 Labs, Credit Suisse and Deloitte all agreed social media is increasingly critical to graduate recruitment but admitted it presents some major challenges. read more
Tempo Response: Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations review
Tempo, the alliance for recruitment agencies and hirers that is committed to raising standards in the temporary recruitment industry, responds to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations review. read more
“Talent Paradox of Outsourcing” Research Finds Lack of Investments in Talent Limiting High Performance in Outsourcing
The outsourcing industry is failing to invest in the skills needed to capture the full value from outsourcing engagements, an Accenture-sponsored study from HfS Research reveals. read more
Capgemini Appointments news
Pierre-Yves Cros, previously CEO of Capgemini Consulting* (CC) and member of the executive committee since 2003 is appointed as chief development officer taking charge of strategy and M&A; for the Capgemini group. read more
Global Information Technology Report Highlights Sector Needs Digital Market Makers
Booz & Company ‘Global Information Technology Report 2013’ finds most developing economies are still failing to create the conditions necessary to close the ICT-related competitiveness gap with advanced economies. read more
‘Going virtual’ – how virtual desktops will enable companies to embrace remote working
A recent study by industry analysts Gartner revealed that 84% of organisations have a remote workforce to some degree. read more
M&S; results: still a long way to go
Robin Knight, partner at advisory and restructuring firm Zolfo Cooper, comments on Marks & Spencer’s Q4 trading update. read more
Report on Jobs: Growth of staff placements continues, but slows to marginal pace
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – provides the most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. read more
Roland Berger’s “Executive Rail Radar” study
European rail operators are focusing on more profitability and financial stability – Fears of an overregulated railway market. read more
UK Digital Ad Spend Up 12.5% to almost £5.5 Billion in 2012
In 2002 less than £200 million was spent on UK internet advertising – 10 years later, digital advertising spend crosses the £5 billion mark, according to the latest Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB) digital adspend report, conducted by PwC. read more
Perperitus merge with SBR Consulting
Merger will strengthen SBR Consulting’s focus on sales consulting in the IT Market. read more
APM Group launches guidance for navigating the Cloud Industry Forum’s Code of Practice
Accreditation body sets out clear certification guidance for CSPs. read more
Bestoutcome launches the Change Readiness Assessor for Apple iPhone and iPad
Latest app ensures that organisations are ready to take on complex change projects. read more
Frost & Sullivan: These are the New Mega Trends that will Shape a Future Britain
Exclusive analysis to be launched during Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) congress GIL 2013: Europe in London. read more
Operating with military precision
McKinney Rogers applies lessons learnt in the military to the business world – Mick James, our management consultancy columnist, talks to the firm’s chief of staff Richard Watts. read more
Selling in the Consulting World – tackling the issues consultants currently face as they embrace the business development arena.
Each month Lars Tewes, MD of SBR Consulting shares a challenge / issue he is working on with his clients, and looks at how it is being addressed. read more
Atos and M6 design the interactive television of the future
Paris – Las Vegas, 8 April 2013 -Atos, an international IT services company, has been selected by the M6 Group as its partner for the implementation and industrialisation of its pioneering interactive TV system. read more
Reducing Customer Effort – the hidden key to reducing customer churn in the retail banking sector
How setting up a Customer Effort Index can radically increase Top-Line Revenue. read more
Smart Card Market Focusing on Services to Sustain Growth, finds Frost & Sullivan
Commoditisation of physical smart cards and the progressive digitalisation of services motivate strategic re-think. read more
Accenture invests in cloud platform
NEW YORK: Accenture plans to invest more than $400m in cloud capabilities to help clients implement digital technologies and drive greater flexibility, innovation and growth. read more
Agile Xceed builds to deliver business change
From a starting point of IT, Xceed is on a steep growth trajectory – services director Dan Russon talks to Top-Consultant’s management consultancy columnist Mick James. read more
Infosys wins accolade for work placement
Global consulting and technology firm Infosys has won a top accolade in the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013, marking it as one of the UK’s best internship providers. read more
Scottish Prosecutors team up with Capgemini for iPad trial
Scotland’s prosecuting authority, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), plans to replace the mountains of paper needed in many court cases with iPads, in a project being run jointly with Capgemini UK. read more
British businesses admit that they don’t engage customers with social media
but over half believe that it will surpass the telephone by 2020, according to new survey from Aspect Software. read more
Consulting Professionals: When is the Right Time in Your Life to Start-Up a New Business?
Welcome to the sixth article in our series on building a successful consulting business. read more
Frost & Sullivan: A Confident Telecommunications Industry Looks Ahead, Beyond 2020
Companies focus on innovations and thought leadership tapping future market opportunities within Smart Communities. read more
Nudge nudge, chink chink
Mick James, Top-Consultant’s management consultancy columnist, examines the mild interventionist tendencies evident in the Budget. read more
The Changing Office Dress Code And Its Challenges
What’s your view on office dress codes? Do you still see the value in formal office dress? To a degree your answer is likely to depend upon the industry you work in. read more
Capco Outlines ‘Industrialisation Imperative’ for Global Financial Services
If you want to make it in the years ahead, you have to stop ‘making it all’ today” according to a new report from Capco. read more
The recent deal on the Cypriot bailout shows that the ‘haircut’ given to ‘Russian’ money is deliberate
Yuri Botiuk, head of the Russia and Ukraine desk at law firm Pinsent Masons comments. read more
Cass to launch new MSc in Leadership
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to help shape top managers for boardroom roles. read more
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