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Consultants offer value for money, study finds

Stefan Stern
Financial Times
3 March 2010

Alan Middleton, PA Consulting Group’s Chief Executive Officer, has been quoted in an article in the Financial Times on the value of the work carried out by consultants. Alan’s comments are in response to a new report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) which claims consultancies create almost £60bn of value for their UK clients.

The MCA studied 1,800 consultancy projects completed in 2008 and conducted 30 interviews with clients for its report, "The Value of Consulting".

Commenting on the benefits of the work carried out by consultants for public sector clients Alan said: "A modest, real-world consulting approach to delivery can add enormous value to public sector organisations of all sorts, and at relatively low cost. The public sector can effectively use consultants, just as the private sector does. The key is to purchase these services cost-efficiently and carefully, focusing on value for money and on those things which will genuinely lead to innovation and improved, cheaper service to citizens."

You can read the article in full here.  

Alan Middleton spoke to the Financial Times on 4 January 2010 as part of View from the Top, the Financial Times’ series of video interviews with CEOs from leading global organisations.

After a very difficult year for chief executives, Alan talks of the challenges CEOs face in 2010. He paints a picture of organisations in a zombie economy operating like the living dead. Alan comments on the best strategies for business in a low growth environment and points to the opportunities ahead in smart cities and smart infrastructure.

To view this, please click here.

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