Elixirr and Gate One win Stevies at the International Business Awards

23 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

More than one hundred high-achieving organisations and executives around the world have been recognised as Stevie Award winners in the annual International Business Awards, one of the globe’s larger business award programmes. Among the winner are 36 British companies, including Elixirr and Gate One, with both management consultancies taking home two Stevies.

Every year since 2002 the International Business Awards (IBA) organises an annual global contest that recognises the achievements and the positive contributions of organisations and professionals worldwide. The competition, which builds on national award contests in several regions/countries, celebrates best practices across a range of categories, including management, company of the year, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and IT. The competition honours organisations from all regions, of all types (public and private sector) and sizes (large and small).

This year more than 3,800 nominations were received from organisations and individuals in more than 60 nations, with all cases taken under scrutiny by an independent jury panel consisting of more than 200 executives worldwide. Based on the judging process, gold, silver and bronze winners are named – they receive a so-called Stevie Award (nicknamed the Stevies from the Greek word ‘crowned’). "We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year, and the judges were awed by the inspiring stories of workplace success from all over the world,” says Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the competition.

Elixirr and Gate One win Stevies

Among this year’s Stevie winners are 36 UK-based companies, including two consulting firms: Elixirr and Gate One. Elixirr, which has been recognised by the Stevie’s every year since 2011*, has been named silver winners in the categories of ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year in Europe’ (gold went to Norwich-based Epos Now) and ‘Company of the Year – Business or Professional Services – Medium-size’ (Laindon-based Motorclean was crowned the gold winner). About Elixirr, the judges state: “Elixirr provides a truly interesting new approach to the consulting industry, bringing along outstanding success” and “An outstanding company that proves a diligent focus on basics is critically important to drive long term value and growth.” 

Gate One, similarly to Elixirr a London-based management consulting firm, won a silver award in the category ‘Company of the Year –  Business or Professional Services –  Small’ (gold went to London’s Golocalise) and a bronze Stevie in ‘Startup of the Year – Business Services Industries’ (with the top spot going to US-based Cashpundit). Last year Gate One was also recognised for its rapid growth, taking home two Stevies – the consultancy was founded in 2013 and today boasts a team of just over 50 consultants. Earlier this year the firm was, for the third year in a row, named one of UK's top 100 startups by Startups.co.uk. 

Several other consultancies managed to scoop Stevie awards, including Accenture, FTI Consulting, Tata Consultancy Services and RheinBrücke IT Consulting, a player with a focus on the German IT consulting market. The Stevies of the 2016 International Business Awards will be presented at a gala event on Friday, 21 October at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy. “We look forward to honouring on stage the Stevie winners in Rome”, concludes Gallagher.

* Last year Elixirr won triple bronze and in 2014 the consultancy received double bronze.


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10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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).