Aecus launches the 2016 edition of its annual Innovation Awards

08 June 2016

Consulting firm Aecus has launched the 2016 edition of its ‘Innovation Awards’. Now in its third year, the competition seeks to pinpoint innovative excellence in the outsourcing and services landscape. Companies that wish to enter the contest have until the 30th of June to submit their entries.

Several mega trends, including the likes of globalisation and automation, in combination with the convergence of new technologies, have over the past years come together to spark a wave of disruptive change, impacting practically every industry and market around. As a result, organisations feel the need, or are even being forced, to redesign their business models, and rework the way they operate within their value chains and wider ecosystem. Against the backdrop of the rapidly changing business landscape, innovation, among others, has in recent years grown into one of the top priorities of executives globally. According to a study by BCG, 79% of executives globally rank innovation as either their top-most strategic priority or a top-three priority at their company (the highest score in a decade), while, another study, by Aecus, found that 91% of (senior) managers deem innovation as important to their business. Spending on innovation has kept pace – in 2015 the globe’s 1,000 largest R&D spenders collectively spent $680 billion a year on developing innovations.

Aecus Innovation Awards
In a bid to encourage innovation excellence in the outsourcing domain – ranging from traditional outsourcing (BPO/ITO) and offshoring to analytics, automation and robotics process automation (RPA) – Aecus in 2014 established the ‘Aecus Innovation Awards’. The contest aims at identifying and celebrating the best examples of service providers, technology providers and their clients working together, in new and value-creating ways. “The outsourcing and services landscape has evolved in recent years. A range of new techniques, tools and technologies are changing the work that is done and the outcomes that are achievable. The Aecus Innovation Awards seek to recognise those organisations that are leading the way,” says Rick Simmonds, Partner at Aecus.  

Aecus launches the 2016 edition of its annual Innovation Awards

Among the winners of the 2015 Awards were CSC and Network Rail (for the roll-out of an application that boosts workplace productivity), Wipro and Telstra (recognised for the delivery of an RPA solution) and IBM and Avon & Somerset Police (for a joint project that used predictive modelling techniques to fight burglary). In total 18 awards were handed out. Other winners of previous years include Airbus, Shop Direct, GSK, Nintendo, Microsoft, TalkTalk and Virgin Trains.

Building on the success of the two previous years, Aecus is in the process of gathering case studies for the 2016 Awards, with entries to be judged on a range of criteria, including the added value realised to the client organisation, the manner how the services provider and client collaborated, and the degree of innovation. In particular the latter is considered as a decisive criteria, says Simmonds. “We are looking to showcase submissions that represent something new or different, and that are seen by the client and provider as innovative. The hurdle for this is going up each year.” The contest is open to all organisations and entries can be submitted up until the 30th of June 2016.

The 20 best submissions will receive an award and will be given the opportunity to showcase their work at the Aecus Innovation Showcase being held on the 17th of November in London. When asked why service providers or clients organisations should participate in the Awards, Simmonds remarks that the competition is an ideal channel for buyers and suppliers to display their successes specifically in the outsourcing domain. “It is an opportunity to gain recognition for achieving success, and for either the client or supplier to applaud their counterparts for their investment in the relationship. It is also an opportunity to share learnings with the wider outsourcing community.”

Companies with questions on the Aecus Innovation Awards or with an interest in entering the competition can contact Julie Consterdine.


10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019

The UK is home to 100+ leading consulting firms. New analysis reveals the 10 consulting companies that rank as the best industry employers to work for. 

The list of top consultancy employers is based on the views and opinions of employees who were surveyed by The Sunday Times about their experience of their firm’s leadership, workplace environment, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay, benefits and commitment to social responsibility. In the large consulting firms category, two of the Big Four – EY and Deloitte – and Accenture stand out from the rest. Seven other consultancies made the prestigious cut, all of which are small to mid-sized players in the consulting industry. 


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 15,076 

With roots stretching back to 1989, EY now spans over 27 UK offices. The firm supports clients, ranging from small, privately owned companies and global household names, with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As part of the firm’s core values, EY looks for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing. 


Established: 1849
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 16,138 

Deloitte employs staff across 150 countries and territories, and its UK operations now span 24 offices. The professional services giant offers services including audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. Among the firm’s core values are: integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity.


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 10,747 

With employees across 120 countries, Accenture provides a range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 40 industries. The Dublin-headquartered company believes in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for the business, valuing diversity, fostering an open working environment and demonstrating integrity at all times.Ten leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

Karmarama (part of Accenture)

Established: 2000
Category: Mid-sized consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 245 

Karmarama is a creative agency, since December 2016 part of Accenture Interactive. The firm’s services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. Karmarama is in the market known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. 


Established: 2010
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

Clarasys is a London-based management consulting firm that advises and supports clients with business change, process implementation, project management and other related consultancy services. The firm serves a variety of clients, from small, not-for-profit organisations to multinational corporations. Clarasys differentiates itself through its truly democratic approach, with an elected member from each team providing feedback for their department. 

The Berkeley Partnership

Established: 1990
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy providing specialist support for transformational change, working side-by-side with clients to achieve their goals. Clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies, multinationals and government departments, with over 85% of clients using the services of The Berkeley Partnership more than once. 

Abbott Risk Consulting

Established: 2002
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Edinburgh
Employees: 69

From 12 sites across the UK and Australia, Abbott Risk Consulting provides safety and risk environment consultancy services to some of the most high-hazard industries in the global economy. The company helps to work out the risk associated with hazardous events, such as oil platforms explosions, train crashes, or accidents affecting nuclear power stations.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Established: 2003
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 180 

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is a provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry, working with 85% of the world’s top 20 asset managers. In order to attract and retain the very best people, Alpha, which has offices in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Luxembourg and Singapore, seeks to provide employees with a great experience.

Lane4 Management Group

Established: 1995
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Maidenhead
Employees: 193 

Lane4 Management Group is a leading HR consultancy specialised in human performance. The company’s team, based in Buckinghamshire, builds on a track record of achievement in business, psychology and elite sport. Lane4 was founded by British Olympic gold swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, Graham Jones and Adrian Hutchinson. 

NHS Transformation Unit

Established: 2000
Category: Internal consulting firm
Main office: Manchester
Employees: 52 

The Transformation Unit is an internal consultancy of the NHS, based in Manchester. The firm provides consultancy services to the public sector based around strategic transformation and planning; finance and analytics; project and programme management; and organisational strategy and engagement. Services span the complete transformation cycle, from developing a case for change right through to implementing new services or systems. 


The top employers list of The Sunday Times further includes several other professional services firms that also provide consultancy services, including firms with an accounting heritage (Anderson Anderson and Brown, BHP, PKF Cooper Parry, Price Bailey), firms with an engineering heritage (BWB Consulting, Caunton Engineering) and those with a tax heritage (ForrestBrown).