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Our 2019 half-year report

Published September 2019

The first half of 2019 was an exciting time at PA. In this report, we cover some of the highlights including how we’re bringing ingenuity to life for our clients, our people and our communities.  

Bringing ingenuity to life for our clients

The world is changing, fast. We have powered up consumers and five generations all together at work. The rapid pace of societal and business change challenges us every day. And there’s an enormous mix of technologies driving a fundamental reset of businesses around the world.

Our clients recognise this change in pace and, importantly, strive to find opportunity from complexity.

And so, we’re focused on empowering our clients to make the most of the changes by unlocking ingenuity in their organisations. We have the right people and best capabilities for the job. Our diverse teams of experts bring fresh thinking and a commitment to take our clients further, faster. We offer the innovation, design, digital and transformation skills that our clients need in order to change quickly. And critically, we bring creative approaches to transformation that value human ingenuity, not just numbers.

There are many examples of how we’re bringing ingenuity to life and creating a positive human future. This year, we’ve developed a low-cost sustainable packaging solution with Swedish-based start-up Pulpac by repurposing technology first used in the 1950s; made renewable energy more reliable by creating a robust business case for the world’s biggest battery manufactured by US energy company Vistra; and supported the launch of unique new treatments through enhanced IT capabilities with US-based Rhythm Pharma. We’ve also implemented a new application to reduce complaint times by 75 per cent at Scottish regulator The Care Inspectorate; designed an innovative platform to improve customer experiences with global bank HSBC; devised a digital solution to enable the British Red Cross to accept hundreds of donations every minute; and assessed – and raised awareness about – the threat of online child sexual exploitation and abuse with the WePROTECT Global Alliance.

Our commitment to creating a positive human future extends to ensuring we have cutting-edge thought leadership by our experts, speaking to the issues that matter most to our clients.

Earlier this year we shared our new report, People and Machines: From hype to reality, which describes how AI and automation can unleash ingenuity in our clients’ organisations. We explored how the market is responding to the Next Wave of FinTech in the Nordics, and led the debate on sustainability at the Consumer Goods Forum in Vancouver and Disruption Summit Europe in London. We also showcased our differentiated innovation, product design and engineering capabilities at the Front End of Innovation conference in Boston.

So we can continue to find new opportunities for our clients, we’re expanding our capabilities and rapidly hiring the skills our clients need. In June we welcomed 4iNNO, a specialist innovation consultancy, to our firm – this is the fifth team to join PA in the past 18 months. We’ve also had over 300 new people, including 21 Partners, join us, all of whom bring a range of existing industry expertise from innovation and new product development, to strategy and digital transformation.

Bringing ingenuity to life for our people

We recognise that in bringing ingenuity to life for our clients, we need innovative thinking and different perspectives. We give our people opportunities to learn from brilliant colleagues and an inclusive culture where they can thrive.

For example, we’ve created new ways for our people to grow and develop their careers. This year we launched PA’s Coaching Network, a cohort of people who have invested the time to train others on a development area to support their client work, and a sales shadowing programme, so our consultants can upskill their sales abilities at pace.

We also announced that we’ve joined the 30% Club, a membership organisation committed to achieving 30 per cent female representation in senior leadership. We’re actively participating in the 30% Club’s Mentoring Programme, which pairs female mentees with senior mentors from other participating organisations.

And, with Pride celebrating 50 years in June since the start of a movement for greater equality, we held an event for our people and clients to discuss why ingenuity needs inclusivity and what the future holds for the LGBT+ community in organisations and businesses.

Bringing ingenuity to life for our communities  

In pursuit of creating a positive human future in a technology-driven world, we give time and expertise to support communities, focusing our efforts to inspire and empower the next generation of ingenious thinkers. So far, in 2019 we’ve welcomed new talent through our annual Summer Internship programme and fostered the ingenuity of school-aged children through our Raspberry Pi competition.

We’re now inspiring more kids than ever. We held our biggest Raspberry Pi competition to date in the UK, and our very first competition in The Netherlands. Also this year, we continued our commitment to encouraging a new generation of women to get into coding by hosting an eight-week coding bootcamp with Women in Tech and gave young people the chance to learn from our best thinkers through our Springboard programme in Boston and London. 

With a strong purpose guiding our every move, we approach the rest of this year and beyond confident in our convictions and ready to continue bringing ingenuity to life with our clients, so that together, we create a positive-human future in a technology-driven world.

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