TCS & Royal College of Art partner to drive innovation

19 June 2015

IT services, consulting and business solutions firm Tata Consultancy Services has agreed to a partnership with The Royal College of Art to establish a Design Innovation Lab in the UK to drive innovation through design and technology research and development.

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is a leading university of art and design, recently ranked as the number one in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. The RCA offers degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities to more than 1,500 Master’s and doctoral students.

In line with its ambition to foster design and technology innovation in the UK, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) decided to join hands with the RCA, with the partnership allowing the consulting firm to profit from RCA’s academic expertise and advice for design projects.

TCS and RCA partner to establish Design Innovation Lab

Design Innovation Lab
The UK Design Innovation Lab will be set up with the goal of driving innovation through technology research and the development and delivery of joint research projects that combine design, technology and business. The Design Innovation Lab will also be used by TCS as a showcase centre for leading work from customers and partners and by the RCA from its students.

The Lab, which will be located on RCA’s South Kensington campus in Central London, will be to officially open in September 2015.

Commenting on the partnership, Shankar Narayanan, Country Head of TCS UK & Ireland, says: “As one of the world’s foremost centres for design innovation and research, the Royal College of Art was the obvious academic partner for TCS in the UK. We have already seen first-hand the value that joint research projects with the RCA can bring and we are excited about the potential benefits that the TCS-RCA Design Innovation Lab will bring for TCS customers in the UK and elsewhere.”

Paul Thompson and Shankar Narayanan

Paul Thompson, Rector of The Royal College of Art, adds: “The TCS-RCA Design Innovation Lab will give our researchers the facilities and resources they need to explore new areas of research and test their theories with TCS’ impressive list of international clients looking for the best technology, design and data solutions.”


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.”