As the representative body for the United Kingdom’s leading management consulting firms, the MCA has been its industry’s collective voice for more than six decades.
Its members make up more than 60% of the United Kingdom consulting industry, and employ roughly 45,000 professionals, while working with more than 90 of the leading FTSE 100 companies and the vast majority of the public sector.
Organised by the industry body, the MCA Awards are now entering their 22nd year, and have long been seen as the benchmark for quality within Britain’s consulting industry. The event commends best practices and high-quality performance in the United Kingdom’s £10 billion consulting industry across three areas, with awards for client excellence handed out in the process.
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As well as demonstrating the value of consulting, the event also shows how clients and consultants working together can achieve the best results in the future.
Since January 2019, a team of expert judges has assessed which nominees across 21 award categories will win the battle for the prestigious industry prizes. In the 2019 nominations, PwC leads with 11 nods, closely followed by Big Four rival EY, which received nine.
The ceremony is a long way from being monopolised by the professional services industry’s biggest guns however, with Coeus, Arcadis, Arup, GE Healthcare, NHS England, PA Consulting, Atos, BAE Systems, Curzon Company, iMPOWER, Jabobs, North Highland, Parker Fitzgerald, Elixirr, Sia Partners, Simon Kucher, Vendigital and Atkins all having picked up multiple nominations.
The winners will be announced at this year’s award presentation, which takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Some 700 guests from consulting firms, their clients, the media and representatives from across all forms of government are expected to take in the proceedings, while the ceremony will be hosted by BBC journalist Clive Myrie.
Working for BBC News as London World Affairs Correspondent, Myrie is also Presenter of the BBC Weekend News, while anchoring the famous 10pm slot for BBC News on alternate Sundays.
Last year 16 different consulting firms managed to scoop a prestigious MCA Award. PwC Advisory and Deloitte Consulting dominated, with the two members of the Big Four grabbing a total of 12 accolades between them.
Among the other consulting firms were Coeus Consulting, Jacobs, OEE Consulting, PPL, Thales Cyber & Consulting, Arup, Egremont Group, Carnall Farrar, IBM, GE Healthcare Partners, Proudfoot, Turner & Townsend Suiko, and Atos.