Mazars UK sees revenue grow by 7% to £160 million

24 April 2017 Consultancy.uk

Mazars UK saw its revenue grow by 7% last year to £160 million, continuing a winning run. The firm, which recently refreshed its executive team, now has 140 partners and 1,700 employees across 19 offices.

In its latest financial year, the accounting and consulting firm booked a 7% revenue hike to its UK-based operation, growing turnover from £149 million last year to £160 million this year. Mazars has enjoyed steady business growth over the past five years, last year at 14.5%, with revenues now 40% higher than in 2012.

The firm recently expanded its operations in the south with the addition of a team from rival Grant Thornton to its office in Poole, as well as appointed a new Executive team.

Mazars enjoys 7% growth in revenues to £160 million

The firm’s Tax and Financial Planning services line saw the biggest increase over the previous year, up 11.3%. Its Financial Advisory, Accounting and Outsourcing business too saw solid growth, up 6.6% on the previous year. The firm’s Assurance and Internal Audit and Consulting and Actuarial business lines also saw solid growth, at 5.3% and 5.2% respectively.

Phil Verity, who was recently voted as the firm’s UK Senior Partner, reflects that he is “proud” that the firm has achieved such consistent growth in its business with increases in turnover and profit. He adds, “Our growth has been sustainable and provides an excellent foundation for the next four years. Looking ahead we will continue to invest in our business to achieve further long-term sustainable growth. Our people are critical to this and we remain committed to nurturing and developing talent to deliver trust, create value and offer exceptional service to our clients.”

Globally, Mazars saw its global revenues increase by 10% last year to €1.36 billion, generated by 950 partners and 18,000 professionals.

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PA Consulting results reveal record 14% revenue growth

17 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Global professional services firm PA Consulting has reported another year of strong growth, outpacing the global consulting market significantly over the duration of 2018. PA’s revenue boomed by 14%, passing £455.8 million over the course of the year.

Founded in 1943, by Englishmen Ernest Butten, Tom Kirkham and David Seymour, the firm once known as Personnel Administration has since gone on to become one of the largest consulting firms in the world. PA Consulting Group, as it is now known, has over 2,600 professionals and a global presence spanning 18 countries. While turnover took a decade to recover from a rocky spell after the global financial crisis, PA Consulting is now firmly on the upward incline.

PA has booked strong growth in recent years, following its securing of private equity investment from the Carlyle Group in 2015. While the first full year of results following that move were slightly muted, due in part to the altering of how PA measured its results, the decision has clearly paid dividends since. Revenues jumped by 6% in 2017, hitting an all-time high of £400 million in the process.

Annual consulting revenues of PA Consulting versus UK market

Now, in the latest chapter of the firm’s rapid turnaround, the innovation and transformation consultancy has revealed things only got better in 2018. A set of record results released in April have confirmed that fee income rocketed up by 14% over the course of the prior 12 months, hitting £455.8 million. Considering the UK’s consulting market saw growth slow for the second year running (just 5.6%), PA’s performance is even more pronounced, especially in its first year of full results since influential Chair Marcus Agius stood down. 

The firm is also outpacing the global consulting market. Analytics firm Statista estimates that the consulting market expanded by 4.08% in 2018. As a result of such bullish demand, PA Consulting has also bolstered its staffing, boosting its consulting team’s headcount by 10% in the space of 12 months. 

PA’s team was further strengthened with its continued acquisition campaign, which brought three new firms into the fold during 2018. Boston-based innovation company Essential Design, specialist digital service design firm We Are Friday and London-based digital insight and strategy consultancy Sparkler all became part of PA over the course of the year. PA has also announced plans to recruit 400 professionals for its new digital centre in Belfast. 

‘Not traditional’

In terms of client work, in the UK PA supported Skipping Rocks Lab to create an edible alternative to single use plastic drink packaging, and worked on a notable restructuring project at disability charity Scope. Further afield, PA helped Norwegian authorities deliver their citizen-facing digital services, while in the US and India, PA partnered with Virgin Hyperloop One to build the first new mode of transport in a century, one that hopes to revolutionise travel. It even worked with United Nations to identify the technologies most likely to contribute to the achievement of the organization's Sustainable Development Goals.

Commenting on the year’s performance, Alan Middleton, PA Consulting CEO, said, “We’re not a traditional consulting firm and we think this is key to our ongoing success and why 98% of our clients recommend us… Our people are strategists, technologists, digital experts, consultants, designers, scientists and engineers – all of whom bring real-world experience, and apply it at pace. We offer the innovation, design, digital and transformation skills that our clients need to change, fast. There’s a sense of optimism behind our purpose. And it’s a feeling that inspires our people as well as our clients.”

The existing staff of PA also enjoyed a bumper year, as it was revealed that a refinancing manoeuver at the firm was expected to land over 1,000 employee shareholders a significant pay-out. The firm’s debt, which includes vendor loan notes put in place when Carlyle purchased the firm, is set to be refinanced in a deal worth £350 million.