CBRE principal partner of RFU All Schools programme

12 September 2014

Consulting firm CBRE has signed up to be the principal partner of the Rugby Football Union’s All Schools programme in the UK for the coming four years. The programme aims at increasing the number of young people playing rugby, either at school or at local clubs. The programme’s ultimate goal is to enrol 750 schools in the programme to impact 1 million children in the UK.

With children nowadays rather playing videogames instead of being active and playing outside, governments and schools are trying to get children more interested in sports. Playing sports does not only improve children’s health, but also enhances their social skills. With this in mind the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the national governing body for rugby in the UK, has set up its All Schools programme.

All Schools
The RFU’s All Schools programme, with its motto ‘everyone can play it and every school can teach it’, has been established to make young people enthusiastic to play rugby and to join local rugby clubs, by increasing the amount of rugby being taught in secondary schools. All Schools, one of RFU’s major development programmes, aims at having enrolled 400 schools by the end of 2015. The programme’s ultimate goal is to enrol 750 schools by 2019, impacting 1 million children in the UK.

CBRE partner of RFU

To support the ambition of the All Schools programme, CBREa commercial property and real estate services consulting firm – has signed up as a principal partner of the RFU. The firm has agreed a four-year partnership to invest significantly in the programme, to among others ensure a participation legacy for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Ciaran Bird, Managing Director of CBRE UK, comments: “Like the RFU, CBRE is committed to investing in the next generation and helping young people throughout the UK improve their prospects and take part in positive and active engagement within the community. We recognise the importance of guiding young people at a grassroots level and installing discipline that can help set them up for the future, both on and off the sports field.”

“All Schools is a key legacy programme for us to increase participation in rugby and the support from CBRE will be vital in helping us to achieve our goals in this area,” says Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer.


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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.”