Four firms nominated for project management consultancy of the year

08 August 2018

Four consulting firms have been announced as in the running for a coveted award celebrating managerial excellence. Arup, CPC Project Services, Pcubed and Gate One have been marked out as the best project management consultancies in 2018, by the APM Project Management Awards.

The APM Project Management Awards is an annual fixture in the professional services calendar, designed to recognise the very best that the profession has to offer. The yearly event covers everything from aspiring young project managers to experienced project professionals managing complex projects and programmes both in the UK and overseas.

The nominations for this year’s awards have been announced, with finalists now preparing for the prestigious awards ceremony, taking place on Monday 26 November 2018 at Old Billingsgate, London. Part of the shortlist released by APM were four firms from the consulting industry, representing the best that the sector has to offer in the way of project management. The Project Management Consultancy of the Year 2018 will be contested by Arup, CPC Project Services, Pcubed and Gate One.Four firms named project management consultancy of the yearArup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists working across every aspect of today's built environment. The firm has around 12,000 employees across the world, and in the UK the firm is regularly tapped to oversee key infrastructural projects. Recently these have included the revamp of London Euston station, and the estate regeneration efforts of Westminster Council.

CPC Project Services is one of the largest independent programme and project management consultancies in the UK. It was established in 1990, and has since spread across seven UK locations, with a headcount in Britain of 185. The firm also enjoys an annual revenue of over £22 million.

Commenting on the firm’s award nod, Steve Mole, CPC Managing Partner said, “We are so proud to have been selected as one of four finalists for this year’s Project Management Consultancy of the Year award.  It is a testament to the professionalism and quality of our people who are dedicated to the industry, and deliver hundreds of successful projects every year.”

Pcubed (Program Planning Professionals) is a global management consulting firm focused on delivering business transformation, programme and portfolio management. The firm is a leading European project management consultancy, combining the strengths of a group of over 1,200 expert consultants to operate across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Four firms named project management consultancy of the year

In a statement via the company’s LinkedIn, Pcubed said, “Our APM Community of Practice has put in a sustained effort to build on our 2017 success and gain recognition for our combined team’s delivery excellence.”

Gate One is a consultancy based in London’s South Bank area, founded in 2013 by Simon Dennis, Tim Phillips, David Holliday and Alex McEvoy. Three years after its inception, Gate One reached the milestone of fifty colleagues – on the back of its growth the firm was named one of UK's top 100 start-ups by for multiple years.

Co-founder Tim Phillips, who is now Managing Director of Gate One, said of his firm’s nomination, “Project management and disciplined delivery sits at the heart of delivering successful transformations. As a firm, we are constantly innovating traditional approaches to better meet our client’s current and future needs to deliver meaningful change. I am delighted to be recognised as a finalist by the APM for the work we do with our clients on their most pressing projects.”


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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).