MCA Members Placed in Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For

Avail Consulting was placed 21st while Alsbridge plc was placed 30th.  Both firms were also awarded the highest possible ranking of Three Star Status: of the 795 large, medium and small companies put forward for these awards, only 55 achieved this accolade.

The Accreditation is awarded by Best Companies, the name behind The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ lists.  Best Companies assesses each business through a rigorous process, 90 per cent of which comes from a survey of its employees.   Additional information is gathered from a company questionnaire and workplace visit.

For the 2009 awards, 565 small companies completed the process with more than 34,295 employees taking part in the surveys.  

MCA membership has become synonymous with quality and professionalism in consulting. All members must adhere to the MCA Code of Practice that provides the consultancy buyer with reassurance that MCA firms maintain the highest standards and these latest accolades demonstrate these high standards.

Rob Garner, Partner and Co-Founder of Avail said:
“We are delighted to have received the recognition of Best Companies as an ‘extraordinary’ place to work”.  

“We formed Avail only five years ago with the objective of creating a premium consulting organisation that marries best practice business disciplines with a network / extended family management style and culture.  The Best Companies assessment would indicate that we have achieved this.”

Tim Lloyd, Managing Partner of Alsbridge plc said:
 “We are delighted to receive this latest accolade, particularly as the results were based on anonymous questionnaire responses from our team. The sense of camaraderie at Alsbridge has always made us an extra special advisory firm; the fact that we are now described as ‘extraordinary’ has lifted spirits even further!”

Alan Leaman, MCA Chief Executive commented:
“We would like to congratulate Avail Consulting and Alsbridge for their outstanding achievements.  We are delighted that two member firms of the Management Consultancies Association have been recognised as being among the best employers in the UK.”


For more information please contact:

Hilary Downes
Press Officer
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 4810 / Mobile: 07943 805594
David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197

About the Management Consultancies Association
The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government.  Management consultancy is an increasingly important industry for the UK economy with management consultancy revenues for 2007 estimated at around £8bn.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with most of the FTSE100 and all government departments. Eight of the top ten UK-based consulting firms (by consulting fee income) are members.        

The MCA supports its member firms with a range of services including events, publications, interest groups and public relations. The Association also works with its members to attract the top talent into the industry. The MCA provides advice on the selection and use of management consultants and is the main source of data on the UK market.

About Alsbridge plc
Alsbridge plc is the award winning global advisory firm, providing unbiased advice and assistance on outsourcing, shared services and offshoring.  Alsbridge consultants bring extensive vertical industry expertise and a practical knowledge of all areas within information technology and business process outsourcing. The firm’s proven methodology incorporates Sourcing Alignment Sessions™, bringing together executive teams from both the client and the provider in an environment that fosters collaboration.

About Avail Consulting
Avail is part of Tribal Group, which offers a range of consulting, support and delivery services focused on improving the delivery of public services.

Tribal works in partnership with over 2,500 public service organisations, including schools, colleges and universities; the NHS and primary care trusts; local authorities and housing associations; central government departments and government agencies; and third sector organisations.  It also operates internationally and has worked in over 60 countries in the last five years.