Dutch consultancy Rijnconsult affiliates with Integrated Consulting Group

06 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

Rijnconsult, a consulting firm from the Netherlands, has affiliated with Integrated Consulting Group, a pan European network of management consultancies. With the move the Houten-based business advisory expects to bolster the international support it can provide its local clients, as well as ramp up its cross-border expertise specifically in the area of organisation support and change management. 

Integrated Consulting Group’s roots trace back to the early ‘80’s, when management consulting firms were established in Finland (‘Innotiimi’) and Austria (‘INFORA’). Two decades down the line the consultancies started expanding into new markets and setup a range of alliances with like-minded advisors in countries such as Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2007 the paths of the two advisory networks by coincidence crossed, resulting in a strategic partnership, and, after a working relationship of 5 years, the two formally bundled their forces to inaugurate Integrated Consulting Group (ICG). Today, ICG’s footprint spans 130 consultants, including 70 partners, in 11 countries.

For global consulting projects, ICG works together with affiliated strategic partners – consulting firms which can build on an established track record in their local market and work along the lines of a similar consulting approach. The network, for instance, works with Schaffer Consulting for engagements in the US market, and has ties with innova institute for joint projects in the Chinese market.Integrated Consulting GroupThe latest firm to join its partner ranks is Rijnconsult, a Dutch consultancy founded in 1978 specialised in a broad range of management consultancy offerings, including strategy, organisation, human capital, lean and operations. The deal between the partners was formally announced last month, when several consultants from Rijnconsult travelled to Helsinki to agree a blueprint for their cooperation and exchanged experiences and knowledge. 

The move, according to Bas van der Velde, Director at Rijnconsult, adds international expertise to its portfolio and allows the firm to better serve the globalising needs of its clients. “Throughout our business in the industrial, agriculture and food sectors we observe that business is increasingly taking an international character”, he comments. He adds “With this new partnership we can ramp up our support to our international customers and integrate European insights into our local work.” The deal also sees Rijnconsult tap into ICG’s knowledge base, which comprises of dozens of best practice engagements and several publications and studies into the fields of leadership development, change management and lean, to name a few.

The affiliation with ICG is Rijnconsult’s second international alliance in Europe – the firm is also a partner of Allied Consultants Europe (ACE).

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”