Elixirr and Standard Bank launch international exchange programme

23 June 2017 Consultancy.uk

South African banking group, Standard Bank, have seen two employees join management consulting firm Elixirr as part of a new international exchange programme between the companies. The two-year programme will see Amirah Kolia and Phuluso Kwindo welcomed to the consultancy’s London office.

Professional services group Elixirr have announced a new scheme that will see two employees join their London outfit from South African client Standard Bank. The placement will see Amirah Kolia and Phuluso Kwinda, who both work within the bank’s CIB Operations wing, gain two years of international work experience with the fast growing consultancy.

Standard Bank are one of Elixirr’s longest-standing clients, having worked together since 2011 on an assortment of international projects ranging from digital strategies, to product and customer strategies, to operating models and sourcing approaches, for the firm previously won a Management Consultancy Award in 2013. More recently, the groups consultants have provided key advice in helping the bank roll out innovation initiatives across South Africa, with the two remaining committed to working together to boost Standard’s Personal & Business Bank and their Corporate Investment Bank going forward.

The two-year exchange initiative aims to give young talent exposure to new markets, industries and clients, along with presenting Elixirr an opportunity to give back to the South African economy where the company have strong roots, while Africa more generally is considered a cornerstone of the business’ long-term growth strategy. The consulting firm further has an operation in the United States.

Amirah Kolia and Phuluso Kwindo

In a period where professional service groups such as BDO, Ayming, PKF and Capco are expanding operations in South Africa, Elixirr’s new programme will allow a rare opportunity for young professionals to gain experience in the UK consulting market – the second most developed globally, behind the US, as well as internationally.

The chosen candidates, Kwinda and Kolia, will be part of the firm’s UK consulting team for the next 24 months, and are already deployed on projects involving some of Elixirr’s biggest financial service clients in the UK. In the future, the company also seek to provide the duo with experience on projects for clients across other industries so that they gain a wide variety of international business experience. 

Stephen Newton, Founder and Managing Partner of Elixirr, personally put together the programme with Samuel Van Niekerk, Head of CIB Operations at Standard Bank Group.

In a release following the official launch, Newton commented, “It is an important part of our strategy to give back to Africa. Standard Bank was our first client when we launched the firm and since then our partnership has grown from strength to strength. To establish this exchange programme with one of our longest-running clients is not only testament to a true partnership but also to our shared passion to nurture and develop talent.” 

Earlier this year Elixirr was named one of the globe’s top outsourcing consultancies by industry association IAOP.


Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”