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The Management Consultancies Association has unveiled its 2023 Awards timetable. The news comes as the organisation’s celebrations for the 2022 season get under way, having just hosted a reception to laud nominees ahead of the main Awards Ceremony in November.

The timeline for the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Awards in 2023 has been announced by the industry body for the consulting sector. At a launch event for the next season of the Awards, MCA CEO Tamzen Isacsson noted that the judges were once again braced for a bumper year.

“After a record year in 2022 with tables now completely sold out for the MCA Awards Ceremony in November, we are now pleased to be launching the MCA Awards in 2023 with a new timeline and schedule,” Isacsson noted.

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Reflecting the growth of the MCA Awards over the last five years, the Ceremony in 2023 will take place at a new venue. While this year’s gala is still due to take place at London’s Park Plaza, the following edition will be held at The Grosvenor Hotel in London, on Monday October 9th 2023. 

Before that point, the call for purchasing entries will open on November 28th 2022, and remain open until March 17th 2023. The MCA’s 45 judges – drawn from a variety of backgrounds including academia, the media industry, government and the private sector – will then announce finalists on May 22nd, before interviewing the shortlist to select winners. A full timeline of the process is available on the MCA website.

In the meantime, however, the 2022 MCA Awards season is still in full swing. Ahead of the final Awards Ceremony, this recently saw the industry body host a reception, to showcase the public impact of consulting projects vying for prizes this year.

Attended by over 300 finalists and 135 clients from a number of leading client organisations, the reception took place at the Tate Britain – with guests including representatives from Government, industry, academia, media and MCA member firms. Speakers also included Head of UK Consulting at Deloitte, Anne Marie Malley, and Sandra MacLeod, one of the judges for the awards – who stated “that the industry is indeed a positive force for the economy and for society.”

Speaking at the reception, MacLeod went on, “As times are changing and things are getting more complex and intractable, never before has the industry been so vital in addressing the wider issues that affect our society, our success and our future. The diversity of the entries and of the responses are testament to the many challenges your clients face.”

Tamzen Isacsson added, “This year’s awards have been, without doubt, the most competitive year for showcasing not just consultants work individually but the consulting industry as a whole. The projects demonstrate the positive impact our sector delivers across so many areas of national – indeed international – life. It helps drive technology transformation in some of the UK’s biggest high street brands, fortifying cyber security in our defence sector and keeping our financial institutions secure from global crime. From reforming adult care, to improving breast screening and to safer railways, these projects are making a real difference.”

The event also saw the MCA launch its annual charity appeal. This year’s selected beneficiary is Future Frontiers, which works with schools and businesses across the UK to provide a programme of coaching and access to professional role models to young people aged between 14 and 16. Currently, too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not fulfil their potential and family income is the strongest predictor of how well a young person will do at school and the future opportunities they will have.