IBM recognised for role in Jenson Button’s Formula 1 triumph

Last night (29th April 2010), IBM won the Platinum Award at the MCA Management Awards for their work with Brawn GP to transform and improve manufacturing and design processes in time for the 2009 Formula 1 season. The 14th annual MCA Management Awards, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, celebrated the best management consulting projects from the last year.

The Awards identify the best case studies in each of 12 categories, where organisations, in the private or public sector, have achieved a significant improvement in performance through working with management consultants. 

Four further categories are awarded to best overall projects. These were awarded to:

Overall Platinum Award: IBM/Brawn GP
Overall Best Small Firm: Boxwood/Balfour Beatty
Overall Best Private Sector Project: Deloitte/Tesco
Overall Best Public Sector Project: Atos Consulting/The Global Fund

Two new additional categories of most collaborative firm and most innovative firm were introduced this year. These were awarded to:

Most Collaborative Firm: CSC
Most Innovative Firm: Digital Public

The category winners were:

Business Strategy: KMPG/Royal Bank of Scotland
Change Management (Private Sector): Navigant Consulting/Ogier
Change Management (Public Sector): Hay Group/Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Customer Engagement: Tribal/Parentline Plus
Environment: Deloitte/Tesco
Human Resources: Hay Group/BAE Systems
Innovation: Avail/Department of Health
International: Atos Consulting/The Global Fund
Operational Performance (Private Sector): IBM/Brawn GP
Operational Performance (Public Sector): PA Consulting/Identity and Passport Services
Outsourcing: Navigant Consulting/Independent Franchise Partners
Technology: Atos Consulting/CLM

Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, commented:
“These awards celebrate excellence in an extraordinary industry.  They demonstrate the value that management consultants deliver for their clients. The MCA works constantly with our members to attract the best people into consulting, and our Code of Practice puts high standards and client interests first. The standard of entries was incredibly high this year and everyone who was shortlisted can be proud of this achievement. The economic climate has been difficult for everyone and our industry is certainly not immune, but this is a time when quality and excellence have to come to the fore. Our industry can be rightly proud of its tremendous wealth of talent – these awards show just why UK consulting is world class.”

For further details of any of these projects and copies of the case studies, contact Hilary Downes on 0207 321 4810 or email