Consulting business unit of Philips joins MCA as a member

13 May 2016

The Healthcare Transformation Services Business Unit of Philips in the UK & Ireland has joined the MCA as a member, taking the MCA’s member base to a total of 57 consultancies.

With around 105,000 employees globally, generating more than €21 billion in revenue, Philips is one of the globe’s largest health technology and service providers. The Dutch listed company leverages advanced technology and clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions, and is regarded as a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care.

Philips’ UK & Ireland operation is one of the multinational’s key international markets, and operates from sites in Guildford (UK head office), Glemsford, Hamilton, Chichester, Cambridge, Dublin and Belfast.

One of the firm’s business units in the UK & Ireland, Philips UKI Healthcare Transformation Services, provides clients with a range of healthcare consulting services, spanning management consulting, operations management and IT consulting. Among the unit’s key offerings are strategic assessments, operational performance improvement, clinical process efficiency, capital asset management and lifecycle planning, customer experience consulting, technology and change management. Philips UKI Healthcare Transformation Services also provides managed services programmes which cover delivery and support agreements on operating performance and technology.

Consulting business unit of Philips joins MCA as a member

On Wednesday, May 11th 2016, Stephen McMillan, the Lead Partner for Philips’ UKI Healthcare Transformation Services, unveiled that the unit has joined the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) as a member. Philips became the 57th member of the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK, joining the likes of giants Accenture, BearingPoint, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC, as well as smaller UK based players such as Able and How, Moorhouse, Managementors and Turnstone.

“Philips is proud to be a consultant and partner to health professionals and patients alike,” says McMillan, who prior to joining Philips in 2015 worked for ten years in the consulting industry, serving PwC, Atos Consulting and Accenture. “Philips is delighted to have been recognised by the MCA by being accepted as one of its latest members,” he comments, adding that the MCA is an organisation that in his eyes “embodies and represents the best advisors, counsellors and transformational delivery organisations in the UK.”

Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, says he is delighted with the latest addition, pointing at Philips’ heritage in the healthcare industry. “They have a particularly strong track record in healthcare and wellbeing.”

Going forward, Philips UKI Healthcare Transformation Services will in its engagements and operations adhere to the MCA Code of Practice, a quality norm which according to the MCA assures the highest standards in the industry. Latest data from the body finds that the UK consulting industry is valued at £8.6 billion – the association’s members, which combined employ around 38,000 consultants, account for roughly 60% of the total, estimated at £5.2 billion.



Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”