EY and Ortec support World Cup of Econometrics

18 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

In two weeks’ time the sixteenth edition of the 'The Econometric Game’ will kick-off. Teams of bright minds from 30 universities across the globe will compete during the self-proclaimed ‘World Championship of Econometrics', all with the dream of succeeding the University of Copenhagen and becoming the 2015 winner of the student competition. EY and Ortec have signed up as partner.

Every year the VSAE study association* hosts the ‘The Econometric Game’. Organised for the first time in 1999, the event has since evolved into one of the leading global events for econometric students. This year, 30 universities, including Oxford and Harvard, will delegate their best 4 students to participate in this high exposure event**. During the three day event held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, teams will be presented with a specific social problem and will be challenged to develop and present a solution using econometric models applying data analytics and other methods. The best teams are invited for the final session on the third day, with the winning team – determined by a jury of independent professors – granted the title ‘World Champion of Econometrics’.

The Econometric Game

Among the 30 participating universities are four universities based in the UK: University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Oxford University and University of Essex.

Participating Universities

Two business advisory firms have signed as sponsor and partner of the event: accounting- and consulting giant EY and analytics specialist Ortec. “We are eager to support these extremely smart data scientists in finding new insights for long existing problems. At EY we are committed to build a better working world through our own actions and by engaging with like-minded organisations and individuals. An important part of building a better working world is empowering talent and leadership. We are proud to play our part in supporting these teams: they are the next generation!” comments Jacco Jacobs, Executive Director at EY. Gregor Brandt and Sicco Brakema from Ortec add: “By supporting this session we acknowledge the added value of Econometrics and the importance of this annual event.”

Jacco Jacobs, Gregor Brandt and Sicco Brakema

* VSAE stands for Actuarial Science, Econometrics & Operational Research. The study association is part of the of the University of Amsterdam.

** Students majoring in econometrics or relevant studies with a maximum of two PhD students.


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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.”