PwC: PwC promotes record number of equity partners for third year in a row


PwC UK has promoted a record 61 equity partners – the third successive year the firm has increased its new partner numbers. The newly promoted partners, aged between 32 and 51 represent a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and experience - with more women, flexible workers and people based in the regions moving into senior more

Splitting the audit model


We’ve talked on this blog before about what we modestly describe as our ‘string theory’. No, it’s not an attempt to re-write the laws of physics or to solve some of the great mysteries of the universe, but to highlight the way in which the consulting industry is being pulled in two directions, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source. Torn between growing demand for high-value consulting and a shrinking (but sizeable) need for low-cost consulting, the market, like a piece of string, is being pulled in different directions and may break in more

When AI starts writing thought leadership


I have to confess to having described, in some of my more confrontational moments, pieces of thought leadership as something that could have been produced by “any business-savvy intelligent person, locked in a cupboard with a desk and an internet connection”, writes Rachel Ainsworth at Source. However, having read Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us? in The Guardian’s weekend supplement, it seems the “person” element of my damning description is now more

Microsoft: Microsoft announces they are to acquire LinkedIn


Today Microsoft announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which they will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn's net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. read more

Escaping the Rat Race


It is a truth universally acknowledged that consultants are a competitive bunch – we strive to push ourselves to achieve excellence in our professional lives and, naturally, that drive spills over into our physical endeavours too, write Gate One. read more

The evolution of markets, and the role of marketing


Consulting projects don’t emerge out of nothing - unlike the universe, there’s not a vast expanse of emptiness in clients’ minds into which pops—miraculously—the idea for a new project, writes Fiona Czerniawska, co-Founder of Source. read more

Time to re-think Talent: why entrepreneurial consultancies trump the ‘doomed’ big firm model when it comes to attracting the best talent - Simon Dennis is a Founding Director at Gate One


Having just made our 50th hire as a business in our third year of trading has caused more than a few moments of reflection recently: Is there a magic formula for finding the perfect hire for our business?.. How many people do we need to meet to recognise the stars? What would have become of the gems who got away? The last question is purely whimsical conjecture, of course. But I believe I am getting closer to a scientific answer to the first more

Agility and the unknown unknowns


For those of you who are new to this idea, we’ve been talking a lot about how client perceptions are reshaping the consulting industry, writes Fiona Czerniawska at Source. read more