Ayming, Efficio and EY shortlisted for CIPS Supply Management Awards

19 June 2017 Consultancy.uk

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) have announced the shortlist for the 2017 Supply Management Awards, with three consulting groups making the cut. Ayming were nominated for Best Procurement Consultancy Project, EY feature in the International Procurement Project of the Year category and Efficio were put forward for both.

Respected as the benchmark for excellence in the industry, the CIPS Supply Management Awards are among the most prestigious signifiers of an organisation or individual’s prowess in the procurement and supply chain profession. The annual announcement of their shortlist recently marked out a diverse range of companies and public sector entities for special praise, including a number of figures from the consulting industry.

The global procurement industry, according to a report by professional service firm Deloitte, predominantly focuses on cost-cutting and talent maximisation, but despite the narrow terms under which the sector operates, competition continued to thrive in what, according to CIPS representatives, was a bumper year for entries in all fields.

Ayming, Efficio and EY shortlisted for CIPS Supply Management Awards

Cath Hill, CIPS marketing director and one of the judges, said: “We had a high volume of entries this year and the quality was incredibly high. The judges were impressed by the clear difference procurement is making to organisations across the UK and beyond. Congratulations to all those organisations and individuals who made the shortlist. We look forward to celebrating with you at the awards night.”

The 16-strong roster of gongs up for grabs include a broad range any categories, with awards focused on start-ups, and even not-for-profits groups alongside those recognising more traditional businesses. Two categories feature nominations from the professional services industry, as Ayming, Efficio and EY all find themselves on the shortlist for this year’s ceremony.

Best Procurement Consultancy Project

The Best Procurement Consultancy Project award recognises a business that has supported another organisation's purchasing and supply activity, or procurement function, on a particular project through the provision of advice, consultation or training. The award’s criteria are focused on the benefits achieved for the client, and how the support provided went beyond the contract and delivered a lasting legacy.

This year, the category sees consultancies Efficio and Ayming go head to head for the title along with real estate company Stradia and Northamptonshire Homes. Global management consultant Ayming were nominated for their work with the world famous children’s hospital Great Ormond Street, in Camden, London.

Martin Hook, Managing Director at Ayming UK, said, “This is excellent recognition for both Ayming, and our Operations Performance team. Having last year received 5-star ratings from Capital Magazine for our Procurement and Cost Optimisation services, we are delighted to again be recognised for our successes in this area. The CIPS is a prestigious organisation, and I am delighted to see Ayming shortlisted in their UK awards this year."

London-based Efficio meanwhile, who were hired by BPL last year to build world class procurement function, made the shortlist for their role assisting the knowledge sharing network KNect 365. Efficio saved the group an annualised £5.8 million, while doubling returns on their investment, with the firm having worked to identify savings opportunities and build a best-in-class procurement function from scratch.

Marin Hook - Ayming and Jens Pedersen - Efficio

International Procurement Project

Further to that however, Efficio find themselves shortlisted for a second award, after the firm’s work with the government of Saudi Arabia saw them design procurement laws and processes aimed at the long-term economic development of Saudi companies. Following six months of extensive research, Efficio designed a five-year local content transformation programme based on its findings, with the Saudi regime hopeful the plan will provide a major boost to the country’s long-term economic development. For their troubles, the professional services company received a nomination for the International Procurement Project of the Year award.

Jens Pedersen, CEO of Efficio, described the group’s two CIPS nods as, “the benchmark for exceptional performance in the procurement and supply chain industry. To be shortlisted in two heavyweight categories is a significant achievement in itself and one of which we are extremely proud.”

Efficio go up against a long list of prestigious names from a variety of sectors for the top prize, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, the United Nations Office for Project Services and Big Four group EY. The multinational consulting giants, who boast an annual revenue of $29.6 billion, were also recently shortlisted for the New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards earlier in the year.

The official ceremony to declare the winners will take place on 13 September at the esteemed Grosvenor house, where over 1000 procurement professionals will join with CIPS organisers to celebrate the work that has taken place in the supply management market over the last 12 months.


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).