Aon Hewitt strengthens alliance with Axes Management

15 July 2015

Aon Hewitt has strengthened its alliance with Russian Axes Management to provide talent solutions in Eastern Europe, with an extension of its in 2009 established contract with Axes. The relationship allows the consulting firm to expand its research range into the wider East European landscape, including Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, as well as access to local expertise and best practices to help employers improve employee engagement.

Axes Management is a HR services firm that started operations in 2005, in Moscow, Russia. The firm offers companies in Eastern Europe services in areas of assessment, training and development, motivation, performance management of staff. Axes specialises in research, covering the fields of staff involvement, construction of systems of motivation and reward, staff evaluation and HR-analytics.

The new contract will see Aon Hewitt and Axes Management continue their working relationship which was established in 2009, with Axes Management fulfilling the role of provider of the Aon Best Employers Study in Russia. Since the beginning of their alliance, the two partners have conducted 300 engagement studies and approximately 1,000,000 employee surveys.

Aon Hewitt strengthens alliance with Axes Management

The renewed relationship further provides Aon Hewitt with access to local knowledge and best practice, thereby creating a collaborative environment to develop local improvements to employment engagement. While many of their engagements are in Russia, the partnership also gives Aon Hewitt access to Best Employers Studies in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

“Eastern Europe is a key market for many of our multinational clients, and partnering with Axes Management strengthens our ability to serve our increasingly global client base with a top-tier presence in major countries around the world,” explains Edward Stanoch, European Talent Practice Leader of Aon Hewitt. “As the leading provider of HR consulting services in Russia, Axes Management understands the insights that come from employees in the country and is successfully transforming them into actionable impact that is changing the labour market and creating engaging workplaces. Their depth and breadth of experience, coupled with Aon Hewitt’s global reach, data-driven insights and expanded offerings, enables us to provide our clients with global HR consulting solutions and services that are unmatched in the region.”


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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.”