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The SME Group

Alice Newton

Director of Membership

+44 (0) 20 7645 7961

alice.newton@mca.org.uk

The Management Consultancies Association brings together members from the across the diverse spectrum of the consulting sector and a majority of our members are SMEs. Currently we have over 54 SME members. See our full list of MCA members here .

The SME Committee is led by Chair Steve Watmough (Mason Advisory) and Deputy Chair Roy Williams (Vendigital) and the committee is supported by Alice Newton from the MCA.

The MCA’s SME Committee meets four times a year to discuss key issues affecting the industry and the specific challenges and opportunities for smaller consultancies, with further workshops hosted on topics of specific interest. Members who are involved with this group can hear from expert speakers and discuss key challenges facing small and medium sized consultancies. Typical issues that have been covered include the challenge of attracting the right talent, how to promote brand and develop smaller businesses, GDPR, diversity and flexible working. Often external speakers are invited to attend the SME committee meetings, with sector specialists from within the membership invited to host discussions on best practice.

Tamzen Isacsson CEO of MCA says,

The SME group is a vital part of the MCA and is always well attended with excellent group discussions on a variety of issues. We host committee meetings throughout the year and the agenda is driven by members to ensure SMEs are getting the insight and valuable services they need.  Again this year we are looking to provide some additional development sessions for the SME group to get advice on how to best grow and develop their businesses and we hope this will be a useful additional benefit to the range of MCA services.

Many consultancies often partner with each other to ensure they provide the best collection of skills and expertise for a client’s specific needs on a project. The MCA offers networking opportunities throughout its programme of events to create connections between members and historically these have led to successful partnerships.

Aside from events and meetings throughout the year, the SME Committee are instrumental in assisting the MCA in gathering data specific to SMEs in the consulting sector.

As well as representing the entire industry the MCA works to ensure the voice of SMEs is heard in government and with other key stakeholders. Our works focuses on ensuring the SME landscape is understood better externally.

Steve Watmough, Chair of the SME Committee says,

Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) consultancies account for 69% of all members of the MCA and represent the fastest growing segment of the UK consulting industry. SME consultancies ensure that clients have a range of choices to meet their consultancy needs, often providing specialist knowledge in specific markets such as Financial Services and Central Government, and specific capabilities such as Strategy or Digital & Technology. We are an active community, working together to promote the value we offer to organisations and to the UK industry as a whole.

Roy, Williams, Deputy Chair of the SME Committee adds,

The MCA SME community covers the widest possible range of consulting services, addressing every possible need a client might have, all delivered with a passion for delivering bespoke, tailored solutions. We work across all sectors – public, private and the third sector – and relish the opportunity to support our clients to address complex business and organisational challenges, helping them to transform, be operationally excellent and cost efficient. We are selected by our clients for our specific expertise and our bespoke, hands-on and collaborative ways of working – and, ultimately, for the tangible, long-term value we realise for our clients.

For more information on the MCA’s SME Committee and their activities please get in touch with alice.newton@mca.org.uk.