The top 60 interim management providers | firms of the UK

10 September 2018 3 min. read

A new survey among over 2,200 interim managers has identified UK’s top 60 interim management providers and firms. London-based Interim Partners, Windsor headquartered Eton Bridge Partners and Henley-on-Thames sited Practicus hold the top three spots.

The field of interim management revolves around the temporary provision of management resources and skills. Clients can turn to interim managers for their most complex and top-heavy roles – in this case interim management is the short-term assignment of a proven heavyweight interim executive/manager to manage a period of transition, crisis or change within an organisation.

Below the top segment of the market is a much broader interim landscape, where clients tap interimmers for their tactical endeavours, including temporary filling of a vacant management position or supporting a change trajectory. According to an estimate by the Institute of Interim Management (IIM) – the professional membership body for practitioners of interim management in the UK – the UK has over 1,000 firms that provide interim management brokering services, boasting a combined network of thousands of interim managers.

More than 60% of interim assignment work is estimated to be brokered by interim management providers, the remainder is filled by the interim arms of consulting firms and freelancers. The UK has around 2 million freelancers, of which a significant share are active as an independent consultant/freelancer in business services.

The top 60 interim management firms (1-30)

The services of interim managers range across all functions, from management, finance, operations, supply chain, to legal or HR, among others, and span all industrial sectors.

With so many players active in the interim management landscape, the question for clients is: which provider is the best and most reliable? Data shows that the average daily rate of interim managers jumped in the past twelve months, rising from £674 average in 2017 to £740 this year. As clients look to realise the best possible value for money, a new analysis sheds light on UK's top interim firms.

Researchers at the IIM surveyed 2,272 interim managers to rate interim service providers from ‘Great’ to ‘Good’ to ‘OK’ to ‘Poor’ to ‘Dismal’. Over 18,000 unique votes (an interim manager is on average in touch with seven providers) were then used to rank the best 60 interim management providers of the UK.

The top 60 interim management firms (31-60)

An overview of the top 60 interim management providers:

1. Interim Partners
2. Eton Bridge Partners
3. Practicus
4. Penna
5. Odgers Interim
7. Solace In Business
8. Hunter Healthcare
9. Green Park
10. B2E Consulting
11. Boyden
12. Savannah
13. BIE
14. Allen Lane
15. Ameo
16. Greenwell Gleeson
17. Holdsway
18. Kingsley Search & Interim
19. Osprey Clarke
20. La Fosse
21. Matrix Interim Management
22. Investigo
23. Stanton House
24. Gatenby Sanderson
25. Veredus
26. Langley Search & Interim
27. Badenoch & Clark
28. Marble Hill Partners
29. Morgan Law
30. Impact Executives
31. Melber Flinn
32. FRP Transition
33. Barracuda
34. Rawson Downey
35. EIM
36. Alpine
37. Rethink
38. Alium Partners
39. Hoggett Bowers
40. Chilworth Partnership
41. InterQuest Group
42. Russam GMS
43. Executives Online
44. 1st Executive
45. Morgan Hunt
46. Robert Half
47. Tile Hill
48. Beaumont Select
49. Holmes Noble
50. Finatal
51. Bis Henderson
52. Campbell Tickell
53. RSA Interim Management
54. Macmillan Davies
55. Axon Resourcing
56. Blenkin Associates
57. Macallam Interim
58. Methods
59. Page Executive
60. Campion Willcox

Firms that fall just outside of top 60 are Robert Walters, Connect Interim Search, Anderson Quigley, Norman Broadbent, Baltimore Consulting, Cadence Partners, Capita Executive, Digby Morgan, Cedar, Finegreen, Goodman Masson, Hammond Clarke, Hays Executive, Miles Partnership, Pilot Partners, Rapid, Real Staffing and Venn Group.