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—The role of the MCA

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK and has been at the heart of the UK Consulting Industry since 1956. 

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The MCA's mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA's member companies comprise over 60% of the UK consulting industry, employ around 45,000 consultants and work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape.

To achieve its mission, the MCA is implementing its three year strategy, which focuses on delivering value to members through three key objectives:

• Being the voice of the industry
• Promoting a credible and professional industry
• Creating better engagement with and between members.

In order to reach these objectives, the MCA positions itself in the centre of the industry and acts on its members' needs by:

  • Informing and influencing public debate on topical issues, and providing the most authoritative data on the industry
  • Commissioning research and policy analysis and representing the industry in discussions with the government and other stakeholders
  • Facilitating networking and the sharing of best practice within the industry through events, publications and their own networks such as the Young MCA and Future Leaders.

Compliance with the MCA's tough entry criteria and rigorous Code of Practice means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards

Becoming a member of the MCA
In order to join the MCA, firms must have been in practice in the UK for at least a year and employ consultants on a full time basis. They must also practice management consultancy as a strategic activity, offering at least two main consultancy services such as strategy, marketing, IT, HR; and they must offer fact-based advice and customised solutions. Check the entry criteria and get further information.