Congratulations to Our 2021 MCA Awards finalists

24th May 20218 Minutes

We are delighted to announce that Curzon Consulting are finalists in 2 categories of the Management Consulting Awards 2021, representing the very best of our consulting business.

Established by the Management Consultancies Association, the #MCAAwards demonstrate the transformational work the sector has undertaken during the last challenging twelve months.

2021 marks the seventh consecutive year that Curzon Consulting has been finalists at the prestigious awards. 

Commercial Excellence

Curzon with AIG – ‘Back to Life’ – Fast-Tracking to Leadership in Customer & Profit Retention

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After a period of impressive top-line growth, AIG Life’s leadership now concentrated on driving for profitability on a US GAAP basis.  Working with Curzon to isolate what could best deliver profit uplift, we zoomed in on a stubbornly un-moving customer persistency rate and recognised that every 1% point of lapse averted would yield significant and multiplicative profit gains.  

Curzon was engaged on an ambitious programme to rapidly get control of lapse and release commercial benefit, and to build the capability to achieve best practice retention management.  This was an enormous challenge given the starting point: no set persistency strategy, an absence of key lapse analytics, retention not owned or resourced in the organisation, and a lack of lapse prevention and turnaround processes.   

Over 11 months through 2019, we took a pragmatic, agile, and ‘together’ approach to accelerate to retention excellence, securing the organisation’s buy-in to what it would take to get there, and quickly demonstrating the commercial, operational and customer benefits of joined-up retention management.  Curzon enabled the new cross-functional working essential for success, and gave the business the structures and confidence to operate highly effective preventative and save processes – internally and leveraging external partners.  

Among the prime watershed moments were revealing how:

  • a shift in distribution mix from advised face-to-face to telesales had created a hitherto unseen problem of drop-out inside first 3 months
  • customer communications from welcome onwards needed to explain clearly the personal value of life insurance, and how holding it ensures financial provision for those you love
  • rather than automatically cancelling customers on request, customer service had a responsibility to engage them before they make a potentially uninformed decision 

When the business took the reins 3 months after improvements were implemented, lapse rate had been reduced to the best practice % mark on a run-rate basis and incremental revenue and profit benefit unlock was exceeding our original target.  This translated annualised into 5-figure policy saves and a cumulative £multi-million gain in Pre-Tax Operating Income by 2023.  The business had taken ownership of a new retention management function, with a new Lapse MI suite providing the predictive insights to continually optimise retention.  Beyond achieving the agreed objectives, the work also led to complementary projects including work to minimise drop-out in the Bank partnership sales channel. 

Commenting on the success, AIG Life CFO Donald MacLean said: 

“Curzon helped us obtain the confidence and operational ‘can-do’ to get control of lapse sooner than we could have expected, and then to push on to best practice performance. 

As always, their skill was in balancing pace of change and the results imperative with the need to take the organisation with them on the journey.  A key achievement was building the necessary collaboration between the many functions that needed to act together to manage retention in a joined-up way.  

The result was a tangible and ongoing commercial win, and a vital new balance struck between sales and retention for business profitability and sustainability”

People

Curzon with Highways England – ‘Project Performance Accelerator – Enhancing delivery capabilities through innovative approaches and working relationships to achieve HE delivery goals

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Project Performance Accelerator (PPA) was designed to develop and implement a delivery mechanism for Highways England’s (HE) overarching Business Transformation Programme, addressing inconsistent levels of capability throughout HE’s Project Management community and developing highly skilled project delivery teams. Overall, HE’s three main Major Project programmes account for 80 projects worth more than £23bn, each being delivered by a supply chain or contractor led by a Project Management team.

PPA’s leader Steph Illingworth engaged Curzon to interpret and structure her Vision of the PPA Programme into clear deliverables, shaping the fundamentals. There was consensus on cultural flaws and ineffective ways of working. Revealing a deeply siloed organisation with multiple departments or technical areas that lacked collaboration or a holistic view of the primary objectives and deliverables: projects were not executed on time and within budget, nor maximising benefits and social value. Also, capability development and training programmes were too theoretical and onerous, focusing on processes and systems rather than people, impacting the overall project success.

Focusing on performance management, capability development, project control capability and enhancing commercial acumen, the PPA Programme included two outputs as the medium for change: An Immersive Learning Experience and Digital Project Management Guidebook.

The Immersive Learning experience was designed to disrupt the way programmes are delivered. The Digital Project Management Guidebook contained PM content selected through independent reviews and capability assessments. Both outputs were crafted around the project lifecycle of typical HE infrastructure projects, set to be delivered in-person over a period of 18 months. Cohorts were selected to receive a tailored experience, improve project team maturity, and provide a solid foundation for capability uplift to achieve clear learning outcomes and benefits.

At the heart of the PPA philosophy was to enable project teams to grow, enhancing ‘ways of working’ whilst bolstering project performance. These included a “working better together model”; a fundamental shift in the way individuals interact and take ownership of overlapping project aspects and problem-solving techniques. This, along with the Immersive Learning, reinforced the Programme’s success, shifting the focus from systems and processes to people.

The pandemic introduced significant challenges, necessitating the immediate conversion of the Programme from in-person workshops to a virtual setting. The team adapted structures and materials, incorporating a variety of software suites to enhance the learner experience. Frequent interaction and close collaboration with the internal and senior stakeholders were critical to maintaining speed and delivery, adopting a fail-fast, fix fast approach to syllabus creation

The consulting team could interpret the client’s vision into a clear pathway, support and enhance the design to become one of the most successful transformation project delivered in HE.

The Digital Project Management Guidebook launched in August 2020 via four interactive webinars to c.300 employees have now received over 1,000 unique viewers. A modified deployment strategy was adopted in light of the pandemic, redesigned as a remote Immersive Learning Experience. However, over 5,049 hours of remote learning have been received by 100 staff through 9 project teams, enhancing teams’ capability with a combined portfolio value greater than £3.3bn.

Congratulations to all of the other finalists.

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UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2021

18th February 20211 Minutes

Ranked in the Top 20 of the UK’s consulting firms, we are delighted to have been recognised for the third consecutive year as one of the ‘UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2021’ by the Financial Times.   

Recommended in seven categories compiled with data company Statista, the annual rating is based on endorsements by clients and peers and demonstrates our steady consistent year on year sector & service line growth.

Consulting companies are awarded Bronze (recommended), Silver (frequently recommended) or Gold (very frequently recommended).

Sectoral expertise

  • Construction & Infrastructure – Silver
  • Financial Services – Bronze
  • Healthcare – Bronze
  • Public & Social Sector – Bronze

Consulting services

  • Digital Transformation – Bronze
  • Operations & Supply Chain – Bronze
  • Strategy – Silver

Managing Partner Andrew Morgan said

We are thrilled to see the continued progression of the firm, competing alongside some major consulting brands.  I am really proud of the team and this reinforces their dedication to deliver tangible results for our clients in a range of markets through strategic, operational and transformational delivery.

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Curzon Consulting Financial Times UK Leading Management Consultants 2020

UK’s Leading Managing Consultants 2020

29th January 20201 Minutes

We have been named as one of the ‘UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2020’ by the Financial Times. We are recommended in four categories:

Sectoral expertise

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions & Services

Consulting services

  • Operations & Supply Chain
  • Strategy

Managing Partner Andrew Morgan said

We are delighted to be comfortably in the top 40 UK management consultancies alongside some well known brands. This reflects our dedication to delivering results for clients in our chosen markets through strategy, operational and digital transformation.

2019

This is the second year that Curzon Consulting have been recognised in this special report. In 2019 we were recommended or frequently recommended for consulting in strategy, financial institutions, and construction & infrastructure.

Methodology

Compiled with data company Statista, the annual rating is based on recommendations by clients and peers. Statista compiled results based on recommendations. As a result, consulting companies are awarded Bronze (recommended), Silver (frequently recommended) or Gold (very frequently recommended).

Curzon Consulting Financial Times UK Leading Management Consultants 2020

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Curzon recognised for Innovation at MCA Awards

28th March 20191 Minutes

We are delighted that Curzon Consulting managing consultant Edem Eno-Amooquaye won Innovation Consultant of the Year 2019.

We were also finalists for Innovation in Digital and Technology and Performance Improvement in the Public Sector.

Edem’s work to deliver disruptive technology for Anglian Water, support Curzon colleagues and publish thought leadership for the wider sector earned him the top spot.

“Edem has redefined the role and amplified the value that management consultants can have in IT programmes. He has been critical to enabling the development of systems that significantly disrupt the water infrastructure value chain… He has transcended the role, shaped wider strategy for the company and become a trusted colleague.”

Iain Amis, Head of Developer Services, Anglian Water

MCA awards 2019 Curzon Innovation Digital
Curzon & Company, Anglian Water, Cognizant and Highways England

Edem thanked the supportive environment at Curzon that allows for innovation and his clients.

2019 marks the fifth consecutive year that Curzon Consulting, formerly Curzon & Company, have been successful at the prestigious awards. Congratulations to all of the other winners and finalists

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Financial Times Leading Management Consultants Curzon Consulting

UK’s Leading Managing Consultants 2019

30th January 20191 Minute

We are delighted to have been named as one of the country’s leading management consultants by the Financial Times in 2019. Compiled with data company Statista, the annual rating is based on recommendations by clients and peers.

Curzon Consulting, formerly Curzon & Company, has been recommended in three categories:

  • Recommended – Strategy
  • Recommended – Financial Institutions
  • Frequently recommended – Construction & Infrastructure

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‘Most Innovative Cloud Product of the Year’ Winner at the Computing Cloud Excellence Awards

19th November 20181 Minutes

The Developer Services Digital Transformation programme has been recognised as the ‘Most Innovative Cloud Product or Service’ at the #CloudExcellenceAwards 2018.

This is fantastic recognition of the collaborative work between Curzon Consulting, the Anglian Water Developer Services business team and Cognizant as part of Anglian Water’s EWM Alliance. The project has also been recognised by a number of industry bodies:

UK IT Industry Awards

    • UK IT Industry Award finalist for IT Project team of the Year – November 2018
    • UK IT Industry Award winner for Digital Project of the Year – November 2018

IAM awards

    • IAM Awards finalist for Customer Services – November 2018
    • IAM Awards finalist for Project – November 2018

Congratulations to Curzon Consulting managing consultant Edem Eno-Amooquaye and the team on this recognition and award.

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