MCA Management Awards 2010: Recognising the value of consultancy

Congratulations to all the winners, highly commended entries and shortlisted companies for this year's MCA Awards. Management consultancy is under the spotlight more than ever this year, so it is terrific to see so many top-class firms entering the awards and to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of consultants and clients working together.

by Alan Leaman, chief executive, MCA
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The Management Consultancies Association is changing the national conversation about consulting. We are spreading the message that consulting generates value - in many cases, substantial value. Instead of seeing consulting just as a cost of doing business, more and more executives are now recognising that, when used appropriately, consulting is an investment capable of generating significant returns for their organisation.

Many of the case studies among this year's award-winners illustrate this point perfectly. They show that high-quality consulting delivers strong results, solves complex problems and generates innovative and technically powerful ideas.

The result? More profitable enterprises; more successful companies; better public services. That's why we call consulting 'a positive force for the economy'.

But there can be no room for complacency. The industry is emerging from a downturn; we need to make sure that the next few years deliver a rising reputation as well as a growing order book.

The MCA's Code of Practice is now established as the benchmark for quality in the consulting industry. I hope that both clients and consultancies will increasingly use the Code as the focus for their dialogue about standards and performance. And we are working closely with individual government departments and throughout the public sector to ensure that the contribution of consultancy is better understood, appreciated and communicated.

These awards demand a lot of hard work and I would like to thank the excellent MCA team, our splendid judges and our partners at Management Today and Haymarket.

As always at the MCA, we are determined to continue moving forward. The 2011 Awards will be even bigger and better and will include many of the best elements of our existing Consultant of the Year awards as well. Look out for all the details in the next few weeks.

- The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK. A positive force for the economy, the MCA is integral to the industry, engaging with key industry stakeholders, producing industry reports and hosting debates, VIP lunches, policy groups and much more. To find out more about becoming an MCA member or to learn more about our work, please contact Stephanie Henderson on 020 7321 3993 or e-mail, or visit


- Ashridge Business School

Sponsor, Most Innovative Firm

Ashridge is one of the world's leading business schools, being ranked No. 1 in the UK in the latest FT rankings for tailored executive education (May 2009). Its activities include open and tailored executive education programmes, organisation consulting, MBA, MSc and Postgraduate qualifications and virtual learning.


Sponsor, Best Public Sector Project

BLT has been recruiting management consultants for management consultancies since 1987. It is an award-winning recruiter with deep expertise in the consultancy sector and an extensive network of UK management consultancy contacts.

- Concep

Sponsor, Customer Engagement

Concep is the digital agency for B2B. We have the digital expertise to support and influence your face to face relationships both online and in person. We make sure that time and resources are spent on relevant initiatives that add value to your business.


Sponsor, Innovation

CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services across all major industry sectors. Its advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting.

- eg.1

Sponsor, Human Resources

For over seven years, eg.1 has been placing partners and directors into consulting firms all over the world. The success of any consulting firm depends on its people and that is what we are about. Hiring great people is difficult, but it should be straightforward.

- Investigo

Sponsor, Change Management (Private Sector)

Investigo is a specialist management consultancy, change management and finance recruitment group focused on working with leading blue-chip companies and consultancies in London. Investigo ranked in the Virgin Fast Track 100 in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

- Mindbench

Sponsor, Operational Performance (Private Sector)

Mindbench is a different kind of talent partner - we help make successful management consultancy firms become even more successful by partnering with them over the long term and providing a holistic search, recruitment and resourcing service.

- QlikTech

Sponsor, Operational Performance (Public Sector)

QlikTech pioneered the in-memory business intelligence space on the premise that meaningful analysis belongs in the hands of the users who need the information, when they need it. Its QlikView product is designed to deliver immediate business answers and to enable users to easily explore their data without limits.


All entries were evaluated and shortlisted against the awards criteria by Warwick Business School, then presented to the judging panel.

Dr Duncan Angwin strategic management group, Warwick Business School

Harriet Arnold deputy editor, Business Life Desk, Financial Times

Paul Collins managing partner, Equiteq

Fiona Driscoll chair, Health Lottery

Andrew Saunders deputy editor, Management Today

Sally Scutt deputy director general, British Bankers' Association

Greg Smith former UK director, Ipsos MORI

Margaret Smith former chief executive, CIO Connect, and director, EC Insight

Dr Peter Walmsley programme lead, Supplier Relations Management, The Home Office

Paul Webster consultant, procurement, Investment and Commercial Division, Department of Health

Shortlisting judges

Duncan Angwin (as above)

Sotirios Paroutis associate professor of Stategic Management, Warwick Business School

Duncan Robertson assistant professor of Stategic Management, Warwick Business School

Harminder Singh MBA tutor in Strategy and Practice, Warwick Business School

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