The main event in the UK’s consulting calendar continues to attract a rich diversity of management consulting firms and consultants.

31 management consulting firms have successfully won through to be finalists in the 2017 MCA Awards. The MCA awards are the benchmark of quality within the profession, celebrating the best projects, individuals and initiatives in the UK consulting industry. Winners will be announced at the gala ceremony and dinner on Thursday 27 April, which also marks the MCA Award’s 20thanniversary.

Deloitte lead the way with 15 finalists, followed by PwC with 11. Other notable tallies include Arup with nine, KPMG with eight, Arcadis with six and Atkins and GE Healthcare Finnamore with five. Many of the UK’s specialist consulting firms are also well represented, making up around half of the firms on this year’s shortlist.

54 client organisations will be represented on the evening. Coca-Cola, Boots and Aldi are amongst a strong consumer brand presence. A large number of infrastructure projects have been recognised with Highways England, National Grid and Network Rail all finalists. Meanwhile public sector clients continue to be strongly represented with a number of exciting police, council and NHS as well as central government projects included.

The 2017 MCA Awards also sees the launch of three new categories recognising firm initiatives in the areas of Client Service & Value, Ethical Behaviour and Professional Development. The Consulting Excellence awards align with the new MCA scheme celebrating value and the commitment of MCA members to the highest professional standards.

Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, commented:

“In 2017 we will celebrate 20 years of the MCA Awards. The value of consulting has probably never been more apparent than today as British businesses deal with the consequences of the Brexit vote and as public sector continues to respond to spending pressures and the need for service improvement. These Awards will demonstrate that value in action.”

The Times Consultant of the Year will also be announced on the night, as well as the overall Project of the Year and Best New Consultancy. The Times will also be featuring all winners in a special supplement after the main event.

For a full list of the 2017 finalists head over to the MCA’s website.

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