Projective finalist for Golden Bridge Export Award

20 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Financial services specialist Projective has been nominated as a finalist for the 2015 Golden Bridge Export Awards. The winners will be unveiled on 26 November during an awards ceremony and gala dinner in London.

Now in their 19th year, the Golden Bridge Awards are presented annually to the most successful Belgian or Luxembourger business in the goods and services sector active in the UK market for at least the past three years. Awards are also presented to the Best SME and Best Newcomer. The awards are a joint initiative of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (BLCC) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (COBCOE).

Among the finalists for this year’s competition is Projective, a Belgium-origin consulting and project management firm that focuses purely on clients in the financial services industry. The consultancy was founded in 2006 in Belgium and has since expanded strongly, with its current team consisting of 100+ advisors working across offices in home-based Belgium, the Netherlands (established in 2009) and the UK (launched in 2011). “The UK market was an attractive one for Projective, and setting up an office in London was a logical step in its continuing growth” reflects Projective’s CEO Stefan Dierckx on the move to enter the market four years ago.

Golden Bridge Export Award

The team of banking and insurance consultants based in Projective’s London office has since booked stellar growth, growing to over 25, making the UK “Projective’s second-biggest market,” acknowledges Dierckx. Asked for the recipe behind the success, the CEO highlights that the approach is in line with the strategy applied in Belgium and the Netherlands, although the UK differs slightly through its more extensive focus on in-depth expertise. “Belgian customers are primarily interested in a broader knowledge base, while in the UK there is more appreciation for outstanding expertise in a single, specific domain. But what sets us apart remains the same everywhere: project management, and nothing else. That was also the missing link in the UK market,” comments Dierckx.

In a previous interview with Consultancy.uk, Dierckx elaborated more on what he believes is the firm’s key edge, which he summarises as a hands-on, high adding-value approach and a unique DNA. Dierckx also points at the fact that Projective UK has successfully been able to embrace the traditional ‘after-work networking’ scene in London – an essential part of life and business in the financial district. “Every month Projective organises informal gatherings for customers, staff and potential employers, and new contacts always result,” he explains.

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On the back of the strong growth, Dierckx believes Projective is well positioned to scoop the award. Yet competition is fierce, with several other fast growing names shortlisted, all striving to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Brussels Airlines, Farnell element14, Le Pain Quotidien, and 4C Associates. “The nomination for the Golden Bridge Award is in itself a brilliant recognition of our London team’s work,” says Dierckx.

Outlook
Looking ahead, Dierckx says irrespective of the prize the outlook for Projective UK is bright. The UK consulting market, expected to reach £6.4 billion by the end of the year, is buoyant, and financial services – with a share of 30% the largest industry – is one of the main growth drivers. The industry finds itself in a state of major change, and as a result banks and insurers are increasingly turning to external consultants to support transformations, with in particular new business models, digital, risk & compliance and innovation top of the agenda. “The UK market has plenty of opportunities to offer, and Projective intends to make full use of them. With its clear-cut PR strategy, thought leadership and made-to-measure career site already in place, the London office is ready for even more far-reaching expansion,” he concludes.

Stefan Dierckx, CEO of Projective.

Across its operations, Projective has set the target to double in size by 2017.

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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. 

EY

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. 

Deloitte

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.

Accenture

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. 

Clarasys

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. 

Other

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).