Orlando: Two UK consulting firms won international recognition last week at global awards sponsored by ICMCI, The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.
Square Peg and FMR Research, both members of The Institute of Consulting, were the first UK entrants in the Constantinus International Consulting Awards.
Square Peg International took second place for a project supporting Avios in the transition of Airmiles to the new Avios brand. Simon Haslam of FMR Research was also shortlisted, in sixth place, for an organisational review of the Scottish Institute for Residential Childcare.
The Constantinus awards, inaugurated last year, are open to members of ICMCI bodies (such as the Institute of Consulting) in over 50 countries around the world.
Accepting the award, Square Peg Managing Director, Doug Ross said, "We pride ourselves on being trusted consulting partners with our clients and the go-to team to deliver high stakes, high-speed, complex organisational change. So to be ranked so highly in a world-wide award is a fantastic recognition of our approach and our people!"
Avios Managing Director, Andrew Swaffield commented, "Square Peg's support was fundamental to our success. The team's brilliant grasp of the huge complexity, their strategic insight, flexible, can-do attitude and practical hands-on support were absolutely world-class."
Doug Ross is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant, originally qualifying for membership in Canada before moving to the UK where his professional staff are CMC accredited. Simon Haslam is also a Certified Management Consultant.
The IC points out that international certification is awarded to consultants whose knowledge, competencies and impact on their clients have been measured and assessed as being of outstanding quality.
Francesco D'Aprile, Chair of ICMCI said, "I am absolutely delighted that two practices from the UK feature so prominently amongst the 2012 winners and shortlisted organisations. They are both exemplars of excellent consultancy practice and, as such, are a call to action to ICMCI member organisations, consultants and practices around the world, to seek to deliver an equivalent level of strategic and transformational impact."
Ann Francke, CEO of the IC's parent organisation, the Chartered Management Institute,CMI, commented, "We are delighted that Square Peg's expertise and success with this project has been recognised, and it is satisfying to know that the quality of the UK's consultants, and our members, has received such high international acclaim.
"At a time when organisations need exactly the skills and value that consultants can bring to their business, but in some cases do not engage because of the negative press consultancy has received over recent years, this sends a clear message about the positive impact of good consultancy, delivered by qualified consultants."