10 business advisories winner of AI Finance 2015 Award

10 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Ten business advisories have managed to scoop an AI Finance 2015 award. Winners include global consultancy Protiviti and six UK-based firms: Ash Business Consultants, Camden Associates, Champ Consultants, CloudOrigin, Waterman Group and WBD Accountants.

Since 2010, Acquisition International (AI), a UK-based publisher that focuses on the corporate finance, M&A and wider financial advisory landscape, organises an annual awards ceremony. Awards are handed out in more than ten different categories, ranging from tax to hedge funds, dispute resolution, legal, finance and offshore. Winners are based on an in-depth assessment process, which includes a voting round, in-house research and a final selection from an independent jury panel.

AI Finance Awards
One of the categories of the AI Awards is Finance, which recognises companies, advisors and organisations that have demonstrated excellence in the financial sphere. The competition spans the entire globe and encompasses companies both big and small, and is based on performance realised over the past 12 months. “These independent awards set the benchmark in the finance industry – any lucky award winner can rightfully boast to be the very best in their financial field,” states the jury of the awards.

Al Finance 2015 awards

Out of a shortlist of 100+ organisations, the jury has named twenty six firms a winner, including ten active in the consulting industry. An overview of the winners:

Best Independent Business Consultant – Ash Business Consultants
Chester based specialist in small business consultancy, accounts, payroll and business formation. 

Best Corporate Finance Adviser 2015 – Blacktrace
Corporate finance/M&A specialist, based in 's-Hertogenbosch – the Netherlands

Best Niche Corporate Finance House & Recognised Leader in Biotech – Camden Associates
London based healthcare and biotech services firm.

Best for Tax Planning – Champ Consultants
Accountancy and tax advisory firm, based in Caterham – Surrey.

Best IT Strategy & Advisory Firm 2015 & Award for Innovation in SAAS – CloudOrigin
London based provider of strategy, advisory and implementation services.

Ash Business Consultants | Blacktrace | Camden Associates | Champ Consultants| CloudOrigin

Best for Business & Securities Valuation & Award for Innovation in Financial Litigation – Dartmouth Partners
Canadian specialist in business valuation, litigation support, transaction advisory and corporate finance. 

Best Global Business Risk Consultants 2015 – Protiviti
Global consulting firm that advises on finance, technology, operations, governance, risk & internal audit. 

Independent Financial Advisory Firm of the Year & Best MENA Finance Specialist 2015 – Unlu & Co
Investment banking services and asset management group, based in Istanbul – Turkey. 

Best for ESG Strategic Advisory Services & Best Property Due Diligence Firm – Waterman Group
Provider of sustainable solutions to meet planning, engineering design and project delivery needs. 

Best for Preparing Business Plans – WBD Accountants
Accountancy firm providing a wide range of planning services, based in Edenbridge – Kent.

Dartmouth Partners| Protiviti | Unlu & Co | Waterman Group | WBD Accountants

Nathan Angell, Awards Coordinator, comments: “With the global economy progressing towards further prosperity, businesses and professionals across the world are doing phenomenal work and achieving stellar results for their clients. These awards put the spotlight on these outstanding individuals who have truly stepped up to the mark for their clients and it is an honour to recognise them for their success.”


10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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).