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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.


  • How many entries can we submit? Each company can submit the following:
    • INDIVIDUALS - A maximum of 2 entries for each individual category, so 12 individuals in total
    • PROJECTS – A maximum of 2 entries for each project category, therefore, potential to submit a total of 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 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 new 100-word 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 shortlist in January.  We will be asking for this document, but unlike the document below this is NOT MANDATORY.
  • What is the web summary document? The web summary is a 300-500 word document that we will use 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; the web summary 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 interview? Three people are allowed to attend the interview, and we suggest that 2 people from the consultancy side, and 1 person from the client side attend.  However, this is a decision to be made by each company.
  • 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 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.
  • Who will our judges be?  The judging panel will be listed on this website, and we will be informing shortlisters which members of the judging panel will be interviewing them.
  • Can we get feedback?  This year we will be providing feedback (if requested) for companies who weren't shortlisted, or didn't win an award.