2020 MCA AWARDS CATEGORIES.
To ensure the Awards remain relevant, rigorous and a positive reflection of the diverse sector, a few categories have been reformed.
1. Best Use of Thought Leadership
Demonstration of the impact of an initiative or approach to thought leadership by a consulting firm. The impact could be in supporting excellent client service and projects, stimulating wider debate in management and public policy or in building brand and marketing strength. The impact should serve to broaden the understanding of what consultants achieve. Judges will be assessing the quality and originality of the thought leadership, alongside evidence of results of its impact within and beyond the consulting firm.
2. Change and Transformation in the Private Sector
Demonstration of a structured and sustainable transition from a current state to a desired state involving major, sometimes fundamental and far-reaching, changes in how an organisation does things, rather than merely the improved performance of existing processes. This could include organisational change and restructuring, cultural change, Target Operating Model initiatives, fundamental re-engineering of approaches and post-M&A activity.
3. Change and Transformation in the Public Sector
Demonstration of a structured and sustainable transition from a current state to a desired state involving major, sometimes fundamental and far-reaching, changes in how an organisation does things, rather than merely the improved performance of existing processes. This could include organisational change and restructuring, cultural change and assistance with major policy initiatives which improve outcomes and provide value for money.
4. Commercial Excellence
Demonstration of work that helps clients to improve their value – for instance in their supply chain, through excellence and innovation in procurement and supplier management, outstanding use of financial analysis and risk management (including compliance and regulatory issues), or by implementing new commercial models and/or new business strategies. The consultants must show the sustainable difference that the work has made in terms of the return on the client investment in consultants.
5. Data and Innovation in the Private Sector
Demonstration of the successful delivery of a project featuring an innovation in digital or disruptive technology. This could be any aspect of digital strategy including how a business handles the impact of digital disruptors on its business model. Other eligible projects could include the deployment of robotics and/or AI by organisations, cloud computing, cyber security, wireless and mobile communications, web and internet consulting.The judges are especially interested to see evidence of wholly new approaches to delivering client value using cutting-edge technology.
6. Data and Innovation in Public Sector
Demonstration of the successful delivery of a project featuring an innovation in digital or disruptive technology in the public sector. This could be any aspect of digital strategy, innovation and implementation which has a meaningful impact on citizens. Eligible projects could include IT strategy, IT programme management, the deployment of robotics and/or AI by organisations, hardware/software development and integration, cyber security an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, IT testing, data security, wireless and mobile communications, web and internet consulting, management information or business intelligence. The judges are especially interested to see evidence of wholly new approaches to delivering client value using cutting-edge technology.
Demonstration of successful project work overcoming cultural, regulatory and geographical barriers in any sector or service line carried out in an overseas market. This could be a project carried out by a team of consultants pulled together from around the world to work with the client, or a consulting team working on a project with the client in one or several countries. This category is open to all UK-based consultancies, and, uniquely, to consultancies based in other countries as well. The latter are not able to enter projects that are carried out in the UK or their own domestic market.
8. Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Demonstration of sustainable performance improvements in the private sector in the areas of existing business which could include improvements in cost reduction, process design (in manufacturing, service provision or support functions), capacity sharing and quality assurance. Projects need to show the return on investment in the consulting work, the benefits of greater efficiency and fundamentally the improvements in the bottom line and positive impacts on citizens.
9. Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Demonstration of sustainable performance improvements in the public sector in the areas of existing business which could include improvements in cost reduction, process design, policy making, service provision or support functions. Projects need to show the return on investment in the consulting work, the benefits of greater efficiency and fundamentally the positive impacts on citizens and public sector finances.
Demonstration of the successful delivery of people-related initiatives. This could be, leadership, cultural change, organisational development, pensions/ benefits/ compensation, performance management initiatives, training and development, recruitment, retention and motivation, or talent management.
11. Social Value
Demonstration of work that has enabled clients and consultancies to achieve outstanding and sustainable benefits for wider society. This category includes, social investments and community engagement and work with the third sector. Examples of areas of work could include eliminating poverty and hunger, homelessness, promoting good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, diversity and inclusion and other societal benefits in the UK and overseas.
12. Best Environmental Benefit
Demonstration of work that has enabled clients and consultancies to deliver environmental benefits for the wider society in the UK or overseas. This category could include projects that involve plastic reduction and recycling, ensuring the provision of clean water and sanitation in developing countries, promoting clean energy, work that focuses on climate action and protecting life on land and sea and other projects that align with the UN sustainability goals.
Demonstration of the development of a new strategy, or a major contribution to a critical aspect of a client’s strategic plans and approach. This could take place in the context of work on corporate strategy, corporate recovery and turnaround, business strategy, market analysis and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, policy formulation, shareholder value creation and management or corporate venturing. It could also include exercises such as scenario planning and future-proofing carried out to test organisational resilience. The consulting firm must demonstrate a positive impact on the strategic assumptions, goals or strategic preparedness of the client organisation.
14. Young Consultant of the Year
This Award recognises exceptional performance in any service line by an individual who has been a consultant (with one or more firms) for less than 5 years and is under 35 years of age.
15. Best New Apprentice
To enter you must either be currently undertaking an apprenticeship qualification within consulting or have completed one in the last 12 months. This award recognises great potential identified in individuals and champions those who are making a positive impact in their workplace.
16. Rising Star
In this new award for 2020 we welcome entries from individuals with 0 to 3 years of consulting experience who have demonstrated they have great potential in their consulting career and are already beginning to demonstrate the positive impact they will make in the sector and in their workplace. Individuals need to demonstrate they make an active and significant contribution to their organisation’s performance.
17. Team Leader Consultant of the Year
Individual consultants may enter who can demonstrate exceptional performance in building and leading project teams of consultants and working effectively with clients in that role.
18. Thought Leader Consultant of the Year
This Award is open to consultants in any service line who have made a significant personal contribution to thought leadership in their specialist field. This might be in the form of research papers, blogs, engagement in management and public policy debates or contributions to a wider understanding of the role and value of consulting itself.
19. Innovation Consultant of the Year
This Award will recognise an individual consultant who has demonstrated exceptional performance and effectiveness in the advancement of the application of new technologies, methodologies and approaches in business.
20. Outstanding Achievement
Consultants may enter who can demonstrate significant and sustained achievement over a number of years in their chosen field of consulting. Successful candidates are likely to be able to provide evidence of strong client support, major impact within their own firm and their individual commitment to the principles of Consulting Excellence. Judges will be looking for consultants who have made a significant contribution to the success of the consulting industry and its development through the quality of their work and individual approach.
21. Best New Consultancy (Non-members can enter)
This Award is open to all consulting firms which have been operating for less than 10 years. The consultancy must demonstrate their client focus, delivery excellence, commitment to their people and operational excellence via a presentation to the judging panel.
22. The Times Consultant of the Year
Judges will select a winner who has demonstrated the most exceptional performance from the individual category winners.
23. Project of the Year
Judges will select a winner from the project category winners which has demonstrated exceptional performance in any category.
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