22 consulting firms nominated for Education Investor Awards

21 August 2017 Consultancy.uk

Twenty-two consulting firms across four categories have been nominated for the 2017 edition of the EducationInvestor Awards. The winners will be announced at an official dinner in December.

The EducationInvestor Awards are an annual ceremony to promote excellence and recognise innovation in the business of education. Following the announcement of the shortlist, which has seen 22 consulting firms nominated for their work in the sector, the organisation’s judges will have until December 5th 2017 to select groups and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to education as outright winners. The victorious candidates will then be presented with their awards during a dinner taking place at the Park Lane Hotel in London, with over 700 guests in attendance.

Of the five categories, two have sub-sections specifically dedicated to the consulting and professional services industries. Within the advisory and finance category, awards will be designated for consultants to educational institutions, consultants to the private sector, and financial advisors. Meanwhile in the education property category, an award for best education property consultant will be handed out.

1-14 consulting firms nominated for Education Investor award

Last year’s winning Consultants to the Private Sector nominee Cairneagle Associates return in 2017, with nominations for that same award along with the Consultants for Educational Institutions prize. They are joined in both categories by Big Four consultancy Deloitte, last year’s Educational Institutions winner Parthenon-EY, and London-based Shiftlearning. Carfax, whose Private Tutors service is also up for the Private Tutoring Companies gong, make up the remainder of the private sector consulting nominees, along with Yorkshire social care and education consultancy Pivot. Michael Smith, Pivot’s managing director, said of the nomination, “Our overarching aim is to work with education providers and support them to improve, by developing good practice and challenging what needs to change, through the provision of a broad range of flexible, objective, carefully planned, relevant school improvement services."

In the Consultants in the Private Sector category meanwhile, Cairneagle, Deloitte, Shift Learning and Parthenon-EY were joined by fellow Big Four rival PwC, CIL Management Consultants, PMSI International, and Colliers International, who are also hoping to retain the Education Property Consultants award they obtained in 2016.

The Financial Advisors category is meanwhile to be contested by the ASA Group (formerly Adam Street), Clearwater International, European financial advisory DC Advisory, Quayle Munro Private Finance and QMPF – who were also listed in the Education Property Consulting sub-section – and Grant Thornton UK, the British arm of the world’s seventh largest professional services network.

Aitchison Raffety, Arcadis, Colliers International, Currie and Brown, Faithful Gould, Gerald Eve, Lamert Smith Hampton and QMPF

Finally, the EducationInvestor shortlist named the firms to contest the Education Property Consultant award. Along with Colliers and QMPF, construction services firm Arcadis, holistic development advisory Currie & Brown, project management group Faithful + Gould, property consultancies Gerald Eve and Lambert Smith Hampton, and chartered surveyors Aitchison Rafferty all made the grade.

Philip Waite, Group Director and Head of Education commented, “To be shortlisted in the EducationInvestor Awards reflects all the hard work and dedication our expert property team puts into their work each day.  It shows the strength and commitment of the team, and the exciting client work we are involved with.  It is wonderful that our efforts have been recognised.”


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).