About-Berkeley

About Berkeley

We’re about being there for our clients when it really matters. When it absolutely has to be right. Doing the right thing is both our ethos and sweet spot. And it’s why clients turn to us again and again

 

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I graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Geography in 1999, and seeking variety while I decided what I wanted to do long term with my career, I began my management consultancy career at ...

Kirsty Nethersell, Partner

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The people

It's the people that make Berkeley different to other consultancies. Bright, friendly, down-to-earth people who are both thinkers and doers. Working by your side, as consultants and colleagues, to get the right results.

Our clients' challenges

We work across a range of sectors for many different clients, including multinationals and household names. We help them address challenges across the full business change lifecycle, from strategy through to delivery, and operate at all levels across our clients' organisations.

We provide whatever level of support our clients need, whether that's being on the ground for an extended period, help through a critical phase of work or simply some short, sharp advice.

We help build those important connections and the shared understanding that underpins the most successful projects. By bridging across our client’s organisations, we help create strong teams, working together, behind a shared set of goals.

We support our clients in many different ways, but below you'll find some of the things we are best known for.

Developing strategies that last

We focus on working with our clients to develop and implement practical strategies rooted in a clear sense of what the organisation needs to change and get done.

No two strategies are the same, so we start with the why – to assess and agree exactly what the purpose of the strategy is. From this firm foundation, we work alongside our clients to help them build a genuinely owned and actionable strategy. This means the client team participates wholly in the process – in the analysis and development of ideas as much as the decisions.

For us, strategy is about the people as much as the numbers, the actions as much as the thinking, the how as much as the what. And it’s absolutely about you developing your strategy, with our help, not about us developing it for you. Over the years, we’ve found this highly collaborative way of doing strategy to be simply the best and most rewarding – for us and for our clients. It not only gives you a highly effective sense of where you are going and how to get there but also genuine belief and enthusiasm for heading that way.

So when a strategy really matters, call us in – we’re good people to have by your side.

Delivering successful programmes

We can provide independent experienced consultants to help you at every stage – from setting a firm foundation for your programme to managing its delivery, from turning around a programme that has run into trouble to making sure your organisation is prepared for and buys into the changes programmes bring.

We know the pitfalls. And we know what it takes to succeed. The importance of getting the basics right, for example. The value of investing up front in making sure the programme supports and connects in the right way with your business strategy and objectives. The critical difference a clear scope, good governance and real senior support make. The essential requirement to have the right resources in place throughout the life of the programme. The balance between having a robust roadmap and being flexible enough to respond to changes in and around the programme.

We’re familiar with all these factors and can help you address them, from the first thoughts through to the final handover of your programme.

Making technology work for your business

Technology has great potential to transform your business. It can support, streamline and increase the efficiency of your operations. It can help shape and drive your business strategy. But it’s often complex, fast changing, difficult to deal with. This doesn’t faze us – indeed, the tricky nature of technology together with its undoubted power and potential creates opportunities for us to deliver lasting value for our clients.

We are experienced both in setting strategic direction and in delivering complex projects and programmes. As a result when we are working on strategies we know how to make sure they are practical, and when we are delivering projects we do so with a very clear understanding of the strategy. In short, we connect the two so that your technology truly enables your business.

We will work very closely with your team, with typically just one or two of us taking key roles to help you quickly and effectively take on highly complex challenges. We remain totally independent and unbiased; we have no alliances or partnerships with any technology vendors. Our sole focus is on your best interests. We’ll neither push a particular solution nor swamp you with consultants. We will simply work side by side with you to help you plan and deliver the technology-based solutions your business needs.

So if you really want to put technology to work for your business, talk to us.

Getting the most from your people

How best do you link recruiting, retaining, developing and motivating your people to your business results? It’s often not obvious what the right strategy is. Moreover, it can be hard to agree that strategy with stakeholders, and harder still to maintain the focus and persistence to drive through good change while taking care of everyday essentials such as payroll for example.

We are truly committed to helping you in this area. Its criticality and complexities are highly suited to our focus on helping clients when and where it really matters and our core skills of working closely and collaboratively on a case by case basis.

We represent the best interests of HR, both within the function and across the business. We are at home with the many complexities – from the interconnections between different aspects of the HR function to the intricacies of engaging different parts of the business around the world with changes driven by HR. Above all, we are independent and expert – purely dedicated to delivering lasting positive change, whether that’s across systems and processes or culture and behaviour.

So if you really want to get the most out of your people, talk to our people.
 

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