A record number of entries have been received this year for the 2020 MCA Awards with strong participation from all different sizes of consulting firms. Along with larger firms such as IBM, KPMG and Deloitte, EY and PwC entering the awards, over 65% of entries came from smaller firms. Overall, submissions are up by 13% compared to the 2019 MCA Awards, itself a record year.
A number of new award categories have been announced for this year including Data innovation in the Private and Public Sector, Best New Apprentice and Rising Star all receiving a high number of entries. There is now a total of 22 categories of awards including prizes for firms, projects and individuals. Three of these are for ‘overall’ winner, with the prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ going to the project that the judges believe most powerfully illustrates the positive impact and quality of modern consulting.
The MCA has introduced a new independent judging panel for this year’s awards and has brought in a wider selection of experts from a diverse range of backgrounds including academia, the media industry, government and the private sector. Consultants will have to compete in front of a range of new judges including the Executive Director from McLaren, Ruth Nic Aoidh, Lord Victor Abedowale CEO of Turning Point, senior officials from a range of government departments and figures from across the national media.
Once submissions have been appraised by the judges, finalists will be announced and called to interview at the MCA in early 2020. The Awards are a joint partnership between consultants and clients and finalists are highly recommended to be accompanied by their clients at the final stage interview. The awards will then be presented at the MCA Awards Ceremony & dinner at Park Plaza on Thursday 23rd April 2020.
Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive, MCA, said:
The energy around the MCA Awards 2020 was self-evident on Friday as firms and individuals rushed to meet the deadline and put the finishing touches to their awards submissions. Entries are up significantly on last year and it is encouraging to see widespread participation across our diverse sector. Competition between firms to win an award is intense and the judges have their work cut out for them this autumn in terms of marking.
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Notes to Editors
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.