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Quality over Quantity

30 September 2015

Are the mega-mergers of consultancies giving an advantage to smaller firms?

Building magazine's recent survey of the Top 150 consultants has seen a rise in the league tables of niche consultancies as brands such as EC Harris and Hyder Consulting disappear from the list.

In our fourth year as an LLP, CPC has continued to build on the success of previous years, and was recognised as the 10th largest project management consultancy in the UK in 2015*

In my view, clients are accepting that they can get more value from established specialist consultancies like CPC that can:

  • remain agile and responsive to their client's specific requirements;
  • listen and respond to the needs of the client's not their shareholders;
  • truly provide exemplar services;
  • attract high calibre people by offering employees at all levels a career and a voice in the company;
  • build collaborative and trusted relationships to deliver and facilitate client's needs;

The future is bright for consultancies, in general, with 70% of respondents to the Association for Project Management's Salary & Trends Survey acknowledging that their organisations are growing.

CPC itself has achieved much in the past 12 months including the launch of CPC Systems – specialising in rail systems engineering; the acquisition of KSA - project managers delivering affordable and social housing schemes; the formation of our Management Consulting division – providing services to clients in both the public and private sectors and the year-long celebrations of our 25th year in service, culminating at the Sky Bar at the Grange St. Paul's on 9th September with our long standing, new and prospective clients . We also opened new offices in Leeds and Oxford and increased our headcount by 25% to 145 staff.

Our achievements are a direct result of the vision, commitment, loyalty and hard work of each every one of our people and although an acute shortage of skills remains an ongoing challenge for our industry, we have a unique opportunity to continue to demonstrate our added value to both clients and staff and offer a real difference from the mega-consultancies.

Here’s to the year ahead and the realisation of our vision to be recognised as the best programme and project management consultancy in the UK.


*Building magazine - Top 150 Consultants survey - 18 September 2015

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