CGI partners with SportsAid to support young athletes

05 June 2015

CGI has partnered with UK charity SportsAid to support young British athletes with the financial means needed to continue their path of becoming UK’s next sporting champions. Under the partnership, CGI will assist nine athletes with a financial SportsAid Award.

SportsAid is a UK charity established in 1976 to offer young British sportsmen and women who aspire to become Britain’s next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions, financial support and recognition. The provides the young athletes with awards of £1,000 a year to help them meet the essential costs of training and competing, including for travel, accommodation, kit, physiotherapy and competition fees.

In line with its ambition to support and nurture talent, consulting firm CGI has decided to team up with SportsAid. The announcement follows the firm’s appointment as the official Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing partner of Team England, Team Scotland and Team Wales for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in April of this year.

CGI partners with SportsAid

As part of the partnership, nine young athletes*, specialising in sports including athletics, disability athletics, cycling, swimming, gymnastics and basketball, from across England, Scotland and Wales will receive a financial SportsAid Award from CGI.

“CGI’s sponsorship will make an enormous difference to these athletes who are without doubt some of the nation’s brightest prospects. The cost of their sport is a daily challenge so the support of CGI will be a massive boost. This is an exciting new partnership for SportsAid and it will make an instant impact,” comments Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid.

Tim Gregory, President of CGI UK adds: “We are delighted to support SportsAid, which has such an excellent track record in fostering the best of British sporting talent.  Identifying and supporting talent is key, whether in sport or business and we are looking forward to watching the progress of these budding athletes over the next few years and hope that we will make a contribution to the sporting stars of the future.”

* The nine young athletes that will benefit from CGI’s support for SportsAid are: Hannah Brier (athletics), Shaun Burrows (disability athletics), Ashleigh Hellyer (disability athletics), Josh Kerr (athletics), Katie Matts (swimming), Isabella Montagna (gymnastics), Gabriele Nikitinaite (basketball), Oliver Postle (cycling) and Lewis Stewart (cycling).


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

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.”