Nine professional services firms take home 2017 Stevie Awards

23 August 2017

Nine professional services firms have been recognised for standout performance during the prestigious Stevie Awards. The prizes, which aim to celebrate the achievements of organisations and working professionals across the world, will be presented at the 14th annual International Business Awards ceremony, which will be hosted in Barcelona on October 21st 2017.

The annual International Business Awards have been hosted since 2002, in order to celebrate the achievements and the positive contributions of organisations and working professionals worldwide. The event is organised into six programmes; The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. High-achieving organisations and executives in the United Kingdom and around the world have been recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners –as determined by ratings from more than 200 executives, following more than 3,900 nominations from more than 60 nations. 

“We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year, and the judges were astounded by the inspiring stories of workplace success from all over the world,” said Stevie Awards founder and president Michael Gallagher. “We look forward to honouring the Stevie winners who join us in Barcelona on 21 October, and sharing their stories with the world on the Stevie Awards’ social channels."

The International Business Awards are open to all organisations worldwide, however, the winners of this year’s International Business Awards are dominated by British outfits and individuals, with 31 wins being given to UK-based competitors, which in total number 68 Stevie Awards: 24 Gold Stevies, 29 Silver and 15 Bronze. The leading winner among the UK companies is the London based public relations agency Weber Shandwick, with eight Gold, nine Silver and four Bronze Stevie Awards in various PR categories. Another top winner from London is the PR agency Say Communications with two Gold, two Silver and three Bronze winning entries. A number of players from both the professional services and consulting industry were named for the honours. 

Nine professional services firms take home 2017 Stevie AwardsNine professional services firms were, meanwhile, selected for Stevie nods. In the Professional Services – Small category. The Bronze award went to Middle-Eastern consultancy Estmrarya Management Consulting, a firm headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE with offices in Dubai, Cairo and London, who also won Gold in Innovation of the Year - Business Service Industries, for the Estmrarya Academy. Meanwhile New York-headquartered Eff Creative Group obtained Silver – having also won localised Silver and Bronze Stevies at the American Business Awards in June 2017. Canadian supply-chain advisory outfit Isaac Operations, meanwhile, won Gold. 

UK professional services outfit Q5 Partners, meanwhile, took the Gold for Company of the Year - Professional Services - Medium Size. The London-headquartered firm will be joined by Silver winner Soohyun, of Seoul, South Korea, and Bronze winners Five9, from California, for the presentation in October. In Company of the Year - Professional Services - Large section, another British firm, Fullfield, took joint Silver, with the Essex-based professional services firm joined by two American firms; fellow Silver winners First Advantage, of Georgia, and Massachusetts-based Globoforce who won Gold. 

Consulting firms

Elsewhere among the 200+ other winners, several outright consulting firms were listed as well as the professional services companies. These included Innovator of the Year - Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Services Silver winner FTI Consulting, with the San Francisco-based outfit’s Senior Managing Director Nitin Kumar receiving recognition by the Stevies. Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - in Asia, Australia and New Zealand saw Tata Consultancy Services take Bronze meanwhile, with the Bangalore firm commended for its work behind the India: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (“The World is One Family”) campaign.

Several consultancies were also rewarded by the 2017 Stevies

FIS CAO and Head of International Payments Serena Smith won Gold for Woman of the Year - Banking, Financial Services & Real Estate, while Management Team of the Year - All Other Industries saw a Silver Stevie go the way of FIS too, for their CAO Management team. FIS also won further plaudits by way of a Bronze for Support Team of the Year, split between their Australian Office Support team for FIS Payments, and their Payments Client Relations Centre of Excellence team.


10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019

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).