Sia Partners Belgium supports student-run advisory 180 Degrees Consulting

22 August 2018 Consultancy.eu

The Belgian arm of Sia Partners has agreed a partnership with 180 Degrees Consulting, a Brussels-based consulting firm run by students. 

Sia Partners established its country organisation in Belgium in 2006, in the same year it also entered the Italian consultancy industry with offices in Rome and Milan. The firm’s Brussels office, which is located in a historical building between Louise Avenue and Brussels Midi Station, works for multinationals, large Belgian companies (over half of BEL 20 companies), as well as Belgian mid-sized companies. The focus of the consulting firm’s services is on clients in the financial services, energy and industrial sectors.

In a bid to deepen its ties with ambitious students – Sia Partners Belgium is growing, elevating its need for the recruitment of talent – the consultancy has signed a partnership agreement with 180 Degrees Consulting. The student-run consulting firm has operations in 30+ countries and branches at 80+ leading universities, making it the world’s largest volunteer consultancy. 180 Degrees Consulting works primarily for non-profits and social enterprises. As part of the partnership, Sia Partners will mentor and coach students throughout their consulting engagements.

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Sia Partners joins a growing roster of management consulting firms that have committed their support to 180 Degrees Consulting. Other partners in Belgium include Nous Group, a consultancy that works with clients throughout Australia, Europe and Asia, and TrustLaw, the global pro bono legal programme of Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

Meanwhile, Sia Partners Belgium recently achieved a milestone in its corporate social responsibility endeavours. Born from the desire to enhance its sustainability footprint, and aligned with global objectives, the consultancy created a so-called Carbon Team to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint. One of the latest initiatives rolled out was banning the use of plastic bottles (consumption of around 2,000 per year) and aluminum coffee capsules (consumption of around 8,000 per year). The achievement comes on top of the 400kg CO2/consultant emissions reduction the Brussels office realised at the start of its current financial year.

North of Belgium, Sia Partners Netherlands was lauded in June for the fast growth it has booked in the country in the past twelve months.

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HKA Tech and Primaned join forces in PMWeb domain

03 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

HKA Tech, one of the world's largest partners of project management software provider PMWeb, has agreed a collaboration with Primaned, a Dutch consultancy specialised in portfolio and project management. Together the two partners aim to help clients across Europe with professionalising their project management and change delivery operations. 

The partnership between HKA Tech and Primaned focuses on services in the PMWeb domain – software that helps companies in sectors such as construction, healthcare, chemicals, government and oil & gas with running large, capital intensive projects. Among the firms using PMWeb are AECOM (construction), CBRE (real estate), the European Investment Bank (banking), Dubai Parks & Resorts (travel), Cisco (technology), Samsung (electronics) and the United Nations (government). 

Having identified the tool’s unique benefits, Primaned collaborated with US-based PMWeb on its launch in Europe around two years ago. Founded in 1985, Primaned is a consultancy focused on project control. The firm’s consultants provide support in the areas of portfolio management, project and risk management, and technology implementation – with the firm’s digital experts specialised in implementing tools from vendors such as Orcale, PMWeb, MainTasc Enterprise and Primavera.

HKA Tech and Primaned join forces in PMWeb domainTogether with HKA Tech, Primaned now wants to expand its work for PMWeb across the continent. The offices of HKA-Tech in the UK – launched last month – and Primaned in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland will cooperate on both business and client development and the delivery of combined projects. 

To showcase their joint offering, the two firms have in recent weeks presented at several events. During the event ‘Technology that drives Construction Management’ in London they shared their PMWeb experiences with several European stakeholders. One of Primaned’s main clients is the NHS, which is using PMWeb to gain a better grip on its capital expenditures supporting healthcare services. Alasdair White, Head of Construction at the NHS stated: “PMWeb enables us to make our internal operations much more efficient, and for the first time in five years we are now able to invest 100% of our allocated budget.” 

Mid-March Primaned managing partner Paul Vogels will provide a presentation on PMWeb during the National Construction Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Next month he will also be speaking at the Building Holland Expo in the Netherlands, which takes place in Amsterdam. 

The PMWeb solution portfolio covers four main working areas: CapEx planning and management, project portfolio management, facilities management and real estate management. As the name suggests, its solutions are entirely web-based. Core product modules cover planning, engineering forms, cost management, scheduling, asset/facility management, and visual workflow.