Do MCA members have an advantage? No. All entries are treated equally, regardless of membership status. Our judging panel is entirely independent and are not made aware of which firms are members or non-members. They judge solely on the merits of the project submission and interview.
Do larger consultancies have an advantage over smaller firms? No judges are not made aware of the size of any of the consultancy firms.
Do we have to name the client? Yes we cannot accept an entry unless the client is named, ie you can’t anonymise the client
Can I pay for entries by credit card? Yes. When you get to the checkout you can choose to pay by card, or to request an invoice. We cannot accept American Express cards.
Can we get refunds if a case study is pulled? We can only issue credit notes for invoiced entries, and only before the entry deadline. We regret that we are unable to issue refunds for card purchases.
How many entries can we submit? Each company can submit the following:
INDIVIDUALS - A maximum of 2 entries for each individual category, so 10 individuals in total
PROJECTS – A maximum of 2 entries for each project category, therefore, potential to submit 28 project submissions
Can we submit a joint entry? Yes. We accept joint entries. Please note that when purchasing online that we can only accept payment from one card, or invoice to a single address. Split payments should be dealt with internally between the two consultancy firms.
Our submission is a few words over the word limit – will we be penalized? We allow a 10% margin on either side of the word limit for both project and individual entries. Any submissions exceeding the upper margin will be asked to reduce the word count.
What is the 100-word summary document for? Feedback from previous Awards has commented that it would be useful to have a brief overview of each project, rather than just listing the consultancy company and client name, when we announce the finalists in January.
What is the 300-500 word summary document for? The 300-500 word document will be used on the MCA website for both the Winning & Highly Commended entries, and will assist the writing of the Times Supplement. In previous years we have used full case studies so this document has been introduced in recognition of client sensitivity issues that some case studies carry.
Can I submit the same project into two categories – yes you are allowed to enter the same project into two categories, however, you must ensure you tailor your entry for each of the categories descriptions.
How many people can attend the project interview? Three people are allowed to attend the interview, and we suggest that two people are from the consultancy side, and one person from the client. However, this is a decision to be made by each company.
For individual finalists do we need to bring a client to the interview? No just the individual will attend the interview
Can I change our judging date? No. Once categories have been allocated to specific dates, we cannot change them due to the availability of the judges. There is limited flexibility over interview times – swapping slots with other firms is permitted, but is at the discretion of the MCA. Both phone and video interviews are permitted.
We can’t get our client to attend in person – can they call or skype in? It is not compulsory for a client to attend in person but is certainly advantageous. We are happy to arrange for clients to either call in or skype to the interview, provided there is at least one consultancy representative attending in person. The MCA will arrange teleconference details, but the consultancy firm will need to arrange and coordinate the skype option
Do we need to do a presentation? No. Presentations at interview are not required. Interviews are led by the judges, who will ask a series of questions based on the case study or individual statement.
Can we bring documentation to give to the judges? No the interview is purely a question/answer interview, not supporting documentation is allowed
What will the judges ask? Judges will ask questions to gain a deeper insight into the project/individual, and questions are not made available before interview.
Who will our judges be? The judging panel will be listed on this website, and we will be informing finalists which members of the judging panel will be interviewing them
If you have any questions not covered here, please email Natalie Mendez, or call 0207 645 7952