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Cable to examine professional services role in MCA Annual Lecture

Dr Vince Cable

London: Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will give the UK's Management Consultancies Association Annual Lecture in London next week.

Under the title of 'Britain's economic future and the role of professional services', Dr Cable will speak about the government's economic and industrial policy, and the role of the UK's professional services sector. The lecture will also provide an opportunity for senior figures from MCA member firms to ask questions and participate in the debate.

This year the event is sponsored by Truphone and Research Now.

Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA said, "We're delighted that this year's lecture will be delivered by such a prestigious and influential person as Dr Cable. Professional Services in general, and more specifically management consulting, has a vitally important role to play in driving innovation and growth in the UK economy.

"The consulting industry has been recognised as a 'world leader', and it will be interesting to hear from the Secretary of State on how he views its role in the emerging UK industrial and economic strategy."

Susan Askew, Client Development Director at Research Now said, "Research Now is delighted to be building a strong relationship with the MCA. As a company we strive to forge strong relationships with industry associations to promote excellence in research and to be a willing partner in driving forward first class delivery and quality insight. We are proud to be sponsoring this year's annual lecture and be a part of such an important business sector."

Robert Jones, Managing Director at Truphone commented, "Unlike traditional mobile networks, we understand the needs of business professionals within the Professional Services sector: they are on the road and they need to stay connected. It shouldn't matter whether they are in London or Los Angeles — they just need to make the call, send the file — get things done quickly. These professionals are powering the economy, and it's up to network providers such as Truphone to help them make it happen. We are delighted to be sponsoring this year's lecture and look forward to enabling this sector in driving the UK's growth."

Previous speakers at the MCA lecture have included Sir Howard Davies, Mihir Bose and Michael Portillo.

The lecture will take place at 7.15pm on 11 July 2013 at 4 Hamilton Place, London. To apply for a place at the lecture contact

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