Elixirr supports Skill-UP, a London based charity support programme

09 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

Elixirr has entered into a two-year partnership with the Mayor of London’s Team London Skill-UP programme. The firm will provide its breadth of consultancy experience to help small charity staff develop the skills needed to flourish and grow.

Last year, the Mayor of London launched the Team London Skill-UP initiative, aimed at supporting the development of staff in a range of small charities across London. As it stands 97% of the around 23,630 charities in London are considered small. Research into their operations, by the Foundation of Social Improvement, found that many of these charities suffer from low growth due to a skills gap, which is largely the result of  a lack of available funding to up-skill and develop staff. The Skill-UP programme provides a bridge for around 200 small charity employees per year, by providing them with training, advice and development. The programme itself is supported by the business community, with partners including Twitter, CIPD, Microsoft and Citigroup, among others.

Elixirr supports Skill-UP, a London based charity support programme

The announcement from Elixirr sees it take on a two-year partnership with Team London. Staff from the firm will be tasked with supporting charities, involved in the Skill-UP programme, to develop their skills in order to progress and grow their charity.

A spokesperson for the Elixirr says that the firm is “really excited” about the partnership with Team London. “We're looking forward to sharing our skills and experience in support of small charities across London. We’ll be joining some great companies – the likes of Twitter, CIPD and Citigroup – and planning is already underway to develop and deliver strategy and business planning training to charities across London. Our team will also become mentors in support of individuals as they put their learning into practice,” the spokesperson explains.

Earlier this year management consultancy Gate One struck a partnership with SE1 United, another London-based charity which delivers youth-led programmes for local young people, while last year The Brokerage Citylink added Barnett Waddingham to its partner ranks.


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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.”