Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Foundation Strategic Consultancy Project Earns Major UK Award for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK plc

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Cap Gemini Ernst & Young were named as winner in the Business Strategy category of the Management Consultancies Association’s Best Management Practice Awards 2004. The silver award was made for a strategic review of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation and its work in some 110 countries worldwide.

The MCA Awards are designed to recognise outstanding work by management consultancies on behalf of clients. The winning project, carried out in just three months in 2003, was undertaken to help the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation rethink its strategy and structure to adapt to its ongoing expansion into countries around the world, and to examine new approaches to promotional activity and funding.

Paul Arengo-Jones, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation Secretary-General, said: ‘The strategic review was a most excellent and thorough piece of work. It was a wonderful catalyst for a whole series of changes which are now being put into operation with good effect.’

The award, a special plaque, was presented to Laurence West, UK Vice-President and Head of Consultancy Services at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, at the MCA Awards Ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on 18th February 2004.

Laurence West said: ‘I am delighted that our work in partnership with this outstandingly multinational client has been crowned with an award, and pleased that our outstanding record of success in the MCA Awards continues unbroken into 2004.’

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At the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation:
Claire Dakin, Head of Communications
Tel: 020 7222 4242
Email: cld@intaward.org

Notes for Editors

A detailed case study on the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Strategic Review for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation is available on request from Emma Giles, contact details above.

The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group is one of the world’s largest providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services. The company helps businesses implement growth strategies and leverage technology. The organisation employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide and reported 2002 global revenues of 7,04 billion euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.capgemini.com

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date almost 5 million young people from over 100 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. More details are available at www.intaward.org