The top 25 strategy consulting firms in the UK

23 March 2021 Consultancy.uk 10 min. read

What are the UK’s top strategy consulting firms? Compiled by Consultancy.uk using the views of clients and consultants as well as big data, meet the country’s 25 leading strategy consultancies. 

The UK management consulting industry – which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern-Ireland – is worth over £10 billion, making it the world’s second largest national consulting market. Approximately 10% of the sector’s turnover involves high-impact, strategic engagements, helping public and private clients build long-term strategies and plans to ultimately serve customers, partners and citizens better. 

Arguably the most prestigious segment of the consulting market, consultants from strategy consulting firms support their clients with a wide range of services, including business unit strategy, business planning, commercial due diligence, business case planning, organisation strategy and business model innovation. In the public sector, strategic work mainly revolves around public policy development, business case / planning work and strategic support to federal programs.

The top 25 strategy consulting firms in the UK

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Having analysed over 500,000 data points featuring strategy consultants over the past twelve months (on our platform and externally), and data from over 5,000 consultants and executives who have used the services of strategic consultancies in the past three years, here are according to our analysis UK’s 25 top strategy consulting firms.

McKinsey & Company

Founded: 1926
McKinsey launched in the UK in 1959
Office in the UK: 100 Museum Street, London
UK Managing Partner: Dame Vivian Hunt
Global Managing Partner: Kevin Sneader (per July 1st, Bob Sternfels
UK company profile: McKinsey & Company

Boston Consulting Group

Founded: 1963
BCG launched in the UK in the 1970s
Office in the UK: 20 Manchester Square, Marylebone, London
UK Managing Partner: Mai-Britt Poulsen
Global Managing Partner: Rich Lesser
UK company profile: Boston Consulting Group

Bain & Company

Founded: 1973
Bain launched in the UK in 1979
Office in the UK: 40 Strand, Charing Cross, London
UK Managing Partner: James Hadley
Global Managing Partner: Manny Maceda
UK company profile: Bain & Company

Monitor Deloitte

Founded: 1983
Monitor Deloitte launched in 2012 globally following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor Group
Office in the UK: 1 New Street Square, London
UK Managing Partner: Sam Baker
Global Managing Partner: Jonathan Goodman
UK company profile: Monitor Deloitte

Oliver Wyman

Founded: 1984
Oliver Wyman launched in the UK in 1997
Office in the UK: 55 Baker Street, London
UK Managing Partner: Nick Studer
Global Managing Partner: Scott McDonald
UK company profile: Oliver Wyman (not active)

Kearney

Founded: 1926
Kearney launched in the UK in the 1960’s
Office in the UK: 1-11 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London
UK Managing Partner: Andrew Stewart 
Global Managing Partner: Alex Liu
UK company profile: Kearney (not active)

Strategy&

Founded: 1914
Strategy& launched in 2014 globally following PwC’s acquisition of Booz & Company
Office in the UK: 7 More London Riverside, London
UK Managing Partner: Colin Light
Global Managing Partner: Joachim Rotering
UK company profile: Strategy& (not active)

EY-Parthenon

Founded: 1991
EY-Parthenon launched globally in 2014 following EY’s acquisition of The Parthenon Group
Office in the UK: 1 More London Riverside, London
UK Managing Partner: Matt Robb (Steve Ivermee is Head of Strategy and Transactions)
Global Managing Partner: Bill Achtmeyer
UK company profile: EY-Parthenon (not active)

OC&C Strategy Consultants

Founded: 1987 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 6 New Street Square, Holborn, London
UK Managing Partner: Will Hayllar
Global Managing Partner: Will Hayllar
UK company profile: OC&C Strategy Consultants

KPMG Strategy

Founded: 1987
KPMG launched its KPMG Strategy practice globally in 2014
Office in the UK: 15 Canada Square, London
UK Managing Partner: Nicholas Griffin
Global Managing Partner: Nicholas Griffin
UK company profile: KPMG Strategy

L.E.K. Consulting

Founded: 1983 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 160 Victoria Street, London
UK Managing Partner: Clay Heskett
Global Managing Partner: Stuart Jackson
UK company profile: L.E.K. Consulting (not active)

Arthur D. Little

Founded: 1886
Arthur D. Little launched in the UK over 60 years ago
Office in the UK: 55 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London
UK Managing Partner: Nick White
Global Managing Partner: Ignacio García Alves
UK company profile: Arthur D. Little

Roland Berger

Founded: 1967
Roland Berger launched in the UK in 1990
Office in the UK: 6 Floor, 55 Baker St, Marylebone, London
UK Managing Partner: Philip Dunne
Global Managing Partner: Stefan Schaible
UK company profile: Roland Berger

Accenture Strategy

Founded: 1951
Accenture Strategy launched globally in 2014
Office in the UK: 30 Fenchurch Street, Billingsgate, London
UK Managing Partner: Simon Eaves (country managing director)
Global Managing Partner: Annette Rippert
UK company profile: Accenture Strategy

Simon Kucher & Partners

Founded: 1985
Simon Kucher & Partners launched in the UK in 2002
Office in the UK: 1 Plough Place, London
UK Managing Partner: James Brown
Global Managing Partner: Mark Billige (together with Andreas von der Gathen)
UK company profile: Simon Kucher & Partners (not active)

Alvarez & Marsal

Founded: 1983
Office in the UK: 16-18 Finsbury Circus, London
UK Managing Partner: Tony Alvarez III
Global Managing Partner: Bryan Marsal and Tony Alvarez II
UK company profile: Alvarez & Marsal

FTI Consulting

Founded: 1982
Office in the UK: 200 Aldersgate Street, Barbican, London
UK Managing Partner: Kevin Hewitt
Global Managing Partner: Steven Gunby
UK company profile: FTI Consulting

CIL Management Consultants

Founded: 1986 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 30 King Street, London
UK Managing Partner: Giles Johnson
Global Managing Partner: Giles Johnson
UK company profile: CIL Management Consultants

Analysys Mason

Founded: 1985 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: Bush House, Aldwych, London
UK Managing Partner: Matt Yardley
Global Managing Partner: Bram Moerman
UK company profile: Analysys Mason

Marakon

Founded: 1978
Marakon is part of Charles River Associates (acquired in 2009)
Office in the UK: 8 Finsbury Circus, London
UK Managing Partner: Neal Kissel
Global Managing Partner: Mason Kissell
UK company profile: Marakon

PA Consulting Group

Founded: 1943 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 10 Bressenden Place, London
UK Managing Partner: Ken Toombs
Global Managing Partner: Ken Toombs 
UK company profile: PA Consulting Group

Frontier Economics

Founded: 1999 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 71 High Holborn, London
UK Managing Partner: Dan Elliott
Global Managing Partner: Dan Elliott
UK company profile: Frontier Economics (not active)

AlixPartners

Founded: 1981
Office in the UK: 6 New Street Square, London
UK Managing Partner: Rob Hornby
Global Managing Partner: Simon Freakley
UK company profile: AlixPartners (not active)

Candesic

Founded: 2002 (in the UK)
Office in the UK: 80 Haymarket, London
UK Managing Partner: Leonid Shapiro
Global Managing Partner: Leonid Shapiro
UK company profile: Candesic (not active)

Eden McCallum

Founded: 2000
Eden McCallum launched in the UK in 2000
Office in the UK: 5 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London
UK Managing Partner: Nick Brown
Global Managing Partner: Liann Eden and Dena McCallum
UK company profile: Eden McCallum 

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