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—Answers to frequently asked awards questions


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 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.
  • Where can I get a declaration form? All entries must be accompanied by a signed declaration form. These will be available to download in September 2011.
  • What is the new web summary document? The web summary is a 500 word document that we will use on the MCA website, and to assist the writing of the Times Supplement. In previous years we have used full case studies; the web summary document has been introduced in recognition of client sensitivity issues that some case studies carry.


  • 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. Phone interviews are permitted.
  • We can’t get our client to attend in person – can they call in? It is not compulsory for a client to attend in person, and we are happy to arrange for clients to call in to the interview, provided there is at least one consultancy representative attending in person.
  • Do we need to do a presentation? No. Presentations at interview are not required. Interviews are lead by the judges, who will ask a series of questions based on the case study or individual statement.
  • 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. However, all entrants will be asked the following two questions: what value did you bring to the client; and why do you think you deserve to win the award?

If you have any questions not covered here, please email Stephanie Mitchell, or call 020 7321 3995.