The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has launched a new guide for Government Buyers of Consultancy, to help encourage them to consider using SMEs more regularly. The guide covers what Government can expect from working with an SME, what makes them different and tackles some common myths about smaller firms. It comes at a crucial time for smaller firms due to the uncertainty of the long term impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on businesses.

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said: “Smaller firms are vulnerable at this uncertain time and Government, more than ever, can support them by stepping up use of our small sized members for building extra capacity and expertise. Through the MCA’s Consulting Excellence scheme, all members, regardless of size, are committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour, client service and professionalism. This new guide provides a guidance on how to find and use an SME and we hope it can be put to good use in the coming weeks and months.”

SMEs already have an impressive track record working with Government and finalists for the forthcoming MCA 2020 Awards include the following small firms:

Carnall Farrar and Isle of Wight Care System Coeus Consulting and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Inner Circle Consulting with London Borough of Newham

View the SME guide, as well as guidance for SMEs on Coronavirus.

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The Management Consultancies Association (MCA):

The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For over 60 years, the MCA has been the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public sector, media commentators and the general public. The MCA’s mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA’s member companies comprise over 50% of the UK consulting industry work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape. See the full list of current MCA members.

Compliance with the MCA’s tough entry criteria and adherence to the principles of Consulting Excellence means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards.