The prestigious Consultancy and Engineering Awards, organised by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), return as an online ceremony on 16 September 2021.
The event celebrates the outstanding people, teams and projects from the world of consultancy, engineering and the built environment, in a new, virtual format. For businesses coming out of a difficult year, the awards provide an opportunity to shine in front of peers, as well as the chance to stand out as an industry leader.
Reflecting ACE’s broad membership base, a wide range of themes are covered – business performance, the future of consultancy, net zero, inclusive employers, emerging professionals and apprentices – and offer a chance for all companies, no matter how niche, to become a winner.
A new one-off award recognising the best response to the pandemic is included. Shortlisted companies will have successfully transitioned to working from home, supported their people throughout extremely difficult circumstances and demonstrated their credentials as a socially responsible business.
Commenting on the launch, ACE chief executive Hannah Vickers, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back our cherished awards and hope you will join us online on 16 September to celebrate the best our industry has to offer. While this year’s festivities will have to be different to previous awards, I know that the quality of the work showcased won’t be. Our awards have always recognised the best of the consultancy and engineering world, and there is no reason why this year’s free to attend event will be any different.”
Referring to the special pandemic award category, Vickers said: “Many of our members went above and beyond throughout the pandemic – whether that was supporting their staff, transitioning business or partnering with the NHS to deliver Nightingale hospitals – and we’re pleased to be able to recognise that with a unique one-off award this year.”
Supporting this year’s awards are headline sponsors Bentley Systems and Griffiths & Armour, while Arcadis and WSP in the UK are the first category sponsors. Once again, Infrastructure Intelligence is a media partner and its editor Andy Walker is a member of the judging panel.
This year there are ten awards and a simplified entry process which will be open until Sunday 4 July 2021 at 6pm. Entrants to last year’s awards have already been contacted to arrange for their entries to be transferred into this year’s competition.
The ten C&E 2021 awards are as follows.
- Best UK Consultancy – Micro
- Best UK Consultancy – Small and medium
- Best UK Consultancy – Large
- Future of Consultancy – Best use of Digital (sponsored by WSP in the UK)
- Future of Consultancy – Client Advisor of the Year
- Net Zero Advisor of the Year (sponsored by Arcadis)
- Inclusive Employer of the Year
- Emerging Professional of the Year
- Apprentice of the Year
- Best pandemic response