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Roz Lawson joins PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, as a partner. She will help lead the build-out of PA’s end-to-end commercial offering for leading Life Sciences clients.

Building a more inclusive economy and closing the racial wealth gap will require getting many more Black professionals into fields like investment. In our commitment to helping further the careers of Black investors working in private markets, our Private Equity and Principal Investors Practice convened its first Black Investor Professionals Forum, which drew 150 people in the sector for a virtual panel discussion on increasing diversity within private equity. To view the full article please CLICK HERE.

Commenting on the latest labour market figures from the ONS, Debapratim De, senior economist at Deloitte, said: “The furlough scheme has been very effective in cushioning the blow from the pandemic to the labour market. But cracks are beginning to show, with unemployment rising – particularly among younger workers - and redundancies hitting their highest level in almost eight years. “Although growth has bounced back in the third quarter, the recovery is likely to be slow and uneven, with a sharp rise in unemployment almost unavoidable once the furlough scheme ends.” To view more market comments from Deloitte please CLICK HERE.

It’s been said that the question isn’t “if” another global health crisis will arise but “when.” And as leaders around the world look to reenergize organizations amid the ongoing effects of this one, a new group has already united to ensure we’re better prepared for the next. The Trinity Challenge, launched today, is a new initiative that aims to use data and analytics to learn from the global response to COVID-19 in order to build greater resilience against future global health emergencies.

Creative consultancy ACNE expands in Europe amidst a global downturn. “The Swedish way is clearly in demand” says Victor Press and David Olsson, co-founding Partners of ACNE.

Bain & Company has signed an agreement with Advantage Group International to integrate Advantage’s data into Bain’s market leading FrontViewSM product. FrontView is a proprietary state-of-the-art software, powered by advanced analytics, that helps consumer products companies develop individually tailored customer plans that maximize value for both their retail customers and themselves. The Advantage Group is an industry-leading source of data for suppliers and retailers in FMCG.

Accenture has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Bit2win business to the current Bit2win business’ management team and GELLIFY Digital Investment S.r.l. , the investment arm of GELLIFY, a global platform that connects B2B startups with traditional companies to help innovate their processes, products and business models. To view the full article CLICK HERE.

Accenture has been strongly positioned as a Leader in both Market Impact and Vision & Capability in Everest Group’s inaugural Salesforce Services PEAK Matrix Assessment 2020 report. According to the report, Accenture is a clear leader in terms of overall vision and strategy, global reach and scope of services offered.

The Asian American experience in the United States has been marked by a basic contradiction. Part of the country’s tapestry since the 1800s, they comprise nearly 6 percent of the U.S.

Wil Schoenmakers, global head of consumer products & manufacturing at PA Consulting, discusses PA’s collaboration with San Francisco-based food tech startup Treasure8. Timothy Childs and Derk Hendriksen from Treasure8 are also quoted.

Accenture in Italy has completed the acquisition of Turin-based boutique systems integrator PLM Systems. Terms of the transaction, which Accenture announced on May 19, 2020, were not disclosed.

Long before the pandemic there was widespread concern about how our social care system would cope with the demands of an ageing society and a looming shortfall in the care workforce. By 2035, one study estimates the social care sector will need an extra 800,000 workers to meet demand.

Accenture has been selected to work with the Bank of England to renew the Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) service to support resilience and innovation in payments and settlements in the U.K. In this role, Accenture will be the technology delivery partner for the RTGS Renewal Programme, working with the Bank of England to deliver this critical national payments infrastructure.

Analysis of furloughed workers by sector highlights the need for short-term support for at-risk workers as well as upskilling in the longer-term... The UK’s labour market continues to be under pressure with early estimates for June indicating that there were 649,000 fewer employees on the payroll compared to March 2020. Please click here to view the full article.

- The Times Consultant of the Year and winner of Thought Leader Consultant of the Year goes to Louise Ellis, Arup - Project of the Year, sponsored by Deltek, is awarded to EY with The Metropolitan Police Service - Award winners highlight how industry is driving forward the sustainability agenda and improvements in vital public services across the country - 7 individual winners celebrated with Young Consultant of the Year going to Anju Jacob, Deloitte and Outstanding Achievement Award going to Anna Somaiya from KPMG for her work in promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry... The MCA has announced the winners for its MCA Awards 2020 at a virtual ceremony which took place tonight in front of consultancies, clients, government officials and media representatives.

- 49% staggering return based on individual health risks - Quarter basing return on local infection rate - 44% of companies plan to reduce office space - Half of companies slash travel & expenses budgets in cost-saving exercise - Third of professionals expecting changes to office layout. 49% of employers are planning to stagger return to work based on employees’ own health risks related to COVID-19, whilst 46% will be staggering employees return depending on how critical their role is to the business. The next most popular strategy is the creation of smaller workgroups (40%), followed by changing work hours (34%), a voluntary return scheme (33%), and splitting shifts (28%). Over a quarter (28%) of businesses have stated that they will base their return-to-work strategy on local infection rates. A third of companies have admitted to not yet considering what their return to work strategy may be. The findings come from a recent survey from leading recruiter Robert Walters, with the global findings published in a whitepaper: Returning to the New World of Work. What strategies are UK employers considering (or have implemented) to bring employees back to work Staggering return to work based on employees’ own health risks related to COVID-19 (e.g.

● Although COVID-19 is likely to disrupt the market this year, the all-important technology consulting market will fare better than other types of consulting during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a contraction of just 4% expected ● The dominance of technology consulting in the US also means the US market will contract less than most other consulting markets globally... Demand for digital transformation projects drove growth of 6.6% in the US consulting market in 2019, finds a new report published today by Source Global Research.

The COVID-19 Economics Monitor is produced by Deloitte’s Economics and Markets team. It features a changing set of charts and tables illustrating key economic themes from the COVID-19 crisis and our forecasts for UK GDP growth over this year and the next.

Acting on ESG issues was important before this pandemic and will be even more important after it. Bill Thomas | Leadership There are no silver linings in the crisis we face today—only lessons learned, some optimistic and all grounded in sober realism.

For survivors of modern slavery, the end of the nightmare is hardly the end of the story. After rescue or escape, the recovery process begins.

At a time of great global uncertainty, it is hard to see beyond the doom and gloom. Fortunately, our fifth annual Under 30 Europe list delivers a much needed dose of optimism.

In this article, we suggest that in order to come back stronger, companies should reimagine their business model as they return to full speed. The moment is not to be lost: those who step up their game will be better off and far more ready to confront the challenges—and opportunities—of the next normal than those who do not.

PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that's bringing ingenuity to life, has co-developed iPredict™, the world's first artificially intelligent system to prevent power outages by predicting asset failures weeks in advance. PA co-developed the system with San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) and industrial Internet of Things and machine learning experts Toumetis. Click here to view the full article.

On 16 April 2020, the Cabinet Office confirmed that the first newly-adapted ventilator design from the government’s Ventilator Challenge had received regulatory approval and the first batch of devices have already been dispatched to NHS hospitals to support coronavirus patients. PA Consulting, the innovation and transformation consultancy, is playing a critical role in the Ventilator Challenge programme, having been called on by the Cabinet Office to provide technology, sourcing, engineering, healthcare and project management expertise for this critical national programme.

Refinitiv ESG scores now more data driven than ever, addressing three main industry challenges of Materiality, Transparency Stimulation, Size Bias, allowing investors and companies more objective industry peer-comparisons. NEW YORK/LONDON, April 15, 2020 – Building on its commitment to connect and empower the global financial community through data and analytics, Refinitiv today announced key enhancements to its ESG scoring methodology.

Layoffs in response to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus are either expected or have begun happening at 44% of companies, according to a survey of over 1,000 people conducted by Verdict. Lucy Ingham, Editor at Verdict, comments: “The survey, which ran from 25 March to 15 April on our website, found that 24% of respondents expected their company to conduct layoffs as a result of the coronavirus, while 20% said this had already begun to happen. “Some 35% also reported that recruitment was on hold, meaning 79% of companies have seen staffing disruption of some form or another as a result of the pandemic. “Just 8% said their company had stepped up hiring as a result of the pandemic, while 13% reported no impact on recruitment. “The results of the survey, in particular the levels of expected layoffs and hiring freezes, have not been met with surprise by the recruitment industry, which has seen the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic translate into extreme caution surrounding recruitment.” For more information Visit GlobalData’s Verdict .

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is hosting a series of virtual workshops for MCA member firms and their employees on issues impacting both individuals and employees during the current situation. To date, over 250 consulting leaders have joined a number of events to listen to expert advice and views from a range of specialists on a variety of subjects ranging from managing client relationships during disruption brought about by Coronavirus to good practice for working from home.

We're all facing unprecedented challenges in the next few weeks and months, in our daily lives, in our communities, and in our businesses. But we're already seeing evidence of how, if we work together, we can make a difference, an article from Source Global Research...

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.

Commenting on the latest Government guidance on Coronavirus, Tamzen Isacsson, MCA Chief Executive, said: “Government needs to act decisively today to give more certainty to businesses working under unprecedented pressure. All firms large and small need to work together to protect the well-being of staff, support working from home and at the same time maintain some level of productivity needed to secure livelihoods across the nation. “We need to pay special attention to small businesses and those in the supply chain and it’s been disappointing to hear some large firms will penalise our members if they work from home.

Today’s clients are faced with a dizzying variety of options when it comes to buying professional services. While the industry is still dominated by a handful of big firms, they are no longer the default option they once were, writes Fergus Blair of Source Global Research...

- Substantial growth in bookings points to a successful 2020 - Three major ambitions drive Strategy 2025... Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint announced today that full-year 2019 revenues hit a record €780 million, a 6% increase from the previous year, due in particular to new revenue streams and innovative business services.

- Growth rate almost halves since 2016 EU Referendum - Central government upheaval delays decision making around new initiatives - Regulatory-driven work in financial services is no longer a cash cow for UK consultants... UK consulting market growth has almost halved since the 2016 EU Referendum, a new report from Source Global Research finds today.

Financial Times names North West IT consultancy one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe. Mason Advisory has for the second year running been ranked in the FT1000 Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies report, in the Management Consultancy category, published on today (2nd March) in partnership with Statista.

Cognizant has been named a Top Employer 2020 in 15 countries worldwide by Top Employers Institute. The Institute recognises leading organisations that continuously optimise workplace practices to develop and nurture talent while providing an outstanding work environment.

PA Consulting, the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, announces record fee income of £500 million for 2019, a 10 per cent increase on 2018. PA’s clear purpose and strategy has put the firm on an accelerated growth path, delivering ahead-of-market performance.

Suppose you moonlight as a small business owner and you want to start selling your products online; maybe you make a line of high-quality cashmere socks embroidered with inspirational Paul Drucker quotes. And further suppose that—for one of any number of perfectly valid reasons—you have a strong ethical aversion to working with Amazon, writes Fergus Blair of Source Global Research...

- The number of young consultants that attended a Russell Group university has fallen by 28% since 2011 - Younger consultants more concerned about competitive salary and travel than sociable hours and flexibility which matter more to older consultants - 1 in 4 young consultants considering leaving UK after Brexit according to new independent research - Consultancy sector continues to grow, up 8% in 2019 with 6% growth estimated for the next 12/24 months... The management consultancy industry is continuing to become more accessible to those from a diverse range of backgrounds, according to the latest survey from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA).

Cognizant today announced that it has been selected by Con Edison, one of the nation’s largest energy delivery organizations, to help modernize the company’s application and technology infrastructure to better serve 10 million people in New York City and the surrounding regions. As part of a multi-year agreement, Cognizant will build an IT infrastructure that furthers Con Edison’s commitment to efficiently providing its customers with clean and reliable energy. Cognizant will be working with Con Edison to remodel its legacy technology platform by moving service management software to the cloud, implementing hyper-automation and enhancing IoT and analytics capabilities.

Cognizant today announced it has acquired Code Zero Consulting, a privately-held provider of consulting and implementation services for cloud-based Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) and billing solutions. The acquisition further strengthens Cognizant’s cloud solutions portfolio and Salesforce CPQ and billing capabilities.

New research from pricing strategy specialists Simon-Kucher ( shows that if the Bank of England decides to cut base rates this week, the big losers will be savers and businesses with surplus liquidity in the form of bank deposits, and the banks themselves, which stand to lose £1.2bn in annual profits. Hrishi Rajadhyaksha, a director with the Financial Services practice at Simon-Kucher, notes: “A rate cut of 0.25% would see the top ten UK lenders losing £1.2bn in annual pre-tax profits from lower net interest income, as well as being bad news for savers and businesses with funds on deposit.

Manufacturers reported a surge in optimism in the three months to January, marking the largest upward swing in sentiment in a single quarter on record. That’s according to the latest CBI quarterly industrial trends survey.

As the US tech giants, Apple, Microsoft, and Google continue to grow aggressively and expand their range of services, they’ve ramped up their use of consultants, finds a new report today. The report, from professional services industry experts Source Global Research, found that the high-tech industry was TMT’s fastest growing consulting market in 2018, with revenues rising 13.4% to US$4.8bn – this sub market has now grown by over US$1bn in just two years.

- Over a third of firms exceed growth expectations in 2019 (34%) with digital transformation projects driving growth - Post-election, sector body, the MCA, warns the UK should not squander this opportunity in 2020 to reshape Britain and secure its competitive position in the world as a centre for entrepreneurship, innovation and digital leadership - 6% growth estimated for next 12-24 months with three quarters of firms expecting consulting activity to rise - A quarter of firms say driving sustainability efforts is the number one trend for UK businesses... Strong growth in Britain’s world-class management consultancy sector is expected to continue over the next twelve months, according to the latest Annual Member Survey from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA).

- 33 firms make it to finalist stages in both project and individual awards - Improving care and shortening waiting times for cancer patients and transforming police forces across UK provide strong examples of value of consulting to public sector - Major businesses from BP, to HSBC, Astra-Zeneca, Standard Chartered, Ocado and L’Oréal line up to champion the collaborative work done with consultancies... The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has announced that 33 of the UK’s leading consulting firms have been shortlisted in the MCA 2020 Awards in both team and individual categories.

The first group of management consultants from across 10 firms have been granted Chartered status and presented with their certificates at a ceremony in London. This key milestone has been achieved in the pilot phase of the development of the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) which has been created in a joint partnership between the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for the UK’s leading consulting firms, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which was appointed by the Privy Council as the Awarding Body.

Cognizant recently announced it has been named a leader among SAP service providers for midsize enterprises in a new report by Forrester Research. The Forrester Wave™: SAP Services Providers for Midsize Enterprises, Q4 2019 report evaluated 12 service providers on 22 criteria based on their current offerings, strategy and market presence. Cognizant received the highest possible scores in 17 criteria, including implementation services, ongoing support services, S/4HANA capabilities, innovation roadmap, commercial model, partner ecosystem, number of SAP clients, geographic breadth of services and revenue from SAP services.

The hype around cutting edge technology such as AI is all around us. Not experimenting with it means getting left behind, yet these experiments often bring little benefit or distract from achieving strategic objectives.

Global tax advisors are being increasingly called upon by large corporates to advise on transfer pricing as tax authorities around the world clamp down on perceived abuses, finds a new report today from Source Global Research. In 2018, advice on transfer pricing was the fastest growing area of tax advice in the global tax advisory market – and it’s now heading swiftly towards being a US$10bn sub-market in its own right by the end of 2019, as it grew 9.3% to US$9.2bn in 2018, and it’s projected to grow by 9% in 2019.

We are delighted to announce that Ben Wildman has become a Partner at The Berkeley Partnership, effective 1st January 2020. With this latest addition, the Berkeley partner team grows to nineteen.

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