Capita supports corporate fundraiser Million Makers

12 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Capita has decided to deepen its partnership with youth charity The Prince’s Trust by becoming the key sponsor of its national entrepreneurial fundraising challenge: Million Makers. During the 6-month competition, teams from different companies will compete to raise money for the charity.

The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity has been founded by Prince Charles in 1976 to help people aging from 13 to 30 years from 4 priority target groups: long-term unemployed, people who have been in trouble with the law, people who are in difficulty at school, and people who have been in care. To support these groups, the charity runs different training programmes, provides mentoring support and offers financial grants. Three in four young people assisted by the charity move into work, education or training, says the non-profit institution.

Capita and Princes Trust

Million Makers
Million Makers is the national entrepreneurial fundraising competition of The Prince’s Trust in which teams from different companies across the UK compete to turn an initial investment of £1,500 into at least £10,000 in six months. The aim of the challenge is for all the teams to raise a combined total of £1 million, money that will all go to the charity. The team that raises the most money will be crowned the overall winner during a national final in London.

Consulting firm Capita partnered with The Prince’s Trust in July 2014 and have since raised over £150,000 for the charity. Its employees have been involved in a wide range of events including The Trust’s Palace to Palace Cycle and the Royal Parks Half Marathon. In line with its ambition to further support the charity while at the same time invest in its employees’ skills, the firm decided to support the Million Makers challenge. 

Million Makers

“At Capita we recognise the importance of developing our employees by investing in their skills. Participating in challenges such as Million Makers will encourage employee innovation and help our graduates to further develop their skills such as project management, leadership, teamwork, and communication. We are excited and proud to be supporting Million Makers and The Prince's Trust to help disadvantaged young people turn their lives around,” explains Andy Parker, Chief Executive of Capita.

Eriko Kobayashi, Million Makers Manager, adds: “This is the first time that Capita is supporting Million Makers and we are sure that this partnership will make this year’s competition one to remember. We are looking forward to working alongside the company, which is already supporting us as their charity of the year, to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people who need our help the most.”

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”