Essentia joins European Connected Health Alliance

27 January 2016 Consultancy.uk

Essentia, the commercial consulting arm of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has become a member of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance).

Founded in 2013, Essentia Trading Limited (Essentia) is a consulting firm that advises clients on a wide range of topics, including management consulting, procurement, sustainability, capital development, property management and technology. The London based business advisory operates with a team of around 50 consultants across sectors, with particular expertise in healthcare and scientific research facilities.

In a move to bolster its expertise and foothold in the healthcare industry, Essentia has decided to join the ECHAlliance, a collaborative network which aims at sharing knowledge, facilitating co-creation and building relationships in the world of healthcare. The network’s membership comprises over 320 professional organisations and 15,000 individuals, and it has a presence in 25 countries. The ECHAlliance supports its goals through among others organising seminars/events and initiating projects, as well as through its CONNECTOR offering, a web platform that facilitates knowledge exchange and social networking.

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“The focus of ECHAlliance is firmly on collaboration”, states Essentia on its website. “For us this aligns well with the integrated approach we take to projects and we believe that our membership of ECHAlliance will further enhance what we offer our clients.”

Brian O’Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance, says the network will work closely with Essentia “at a strategic level” to further advance knowledge on health strategies and promote connected health initiatives.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”