Hiring a consultant

Purchasing consultancy can be a challenging and risky activity. Here at the Institute of Consulting we have a number of ways in which we can help buyers of consultancy and business support services, whether this is your first time or if you're simply looking to improve return.

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  • How do I hire a consultant?
  • How do I know if I'm getting value for money?
  • What is consultancy best practice?

As the only UK professional body that represents both individual consultants and consultancy firms we are often the first port of call for prospective clients who want to ensure their purchasing process utilises best practice in order to demonstrate maximum value to internal stakeholders.

Using Institute of Consulting members

Our own research indicates that almost 90% of clients have been let down by consultants in the past. There are several reasons why this might be, yet it demonstrates the need for engaging independently endorsed consultants and business advisors with the reassurance that their IC membership provides as a demonstrable mark of quality and ethical practice.

Best practice buying guide

To help you follow best practice in purchasing consultancy services we have created a succinct 'Buying consultancy services' guide for anyone to access.

The guide covers planning, internal stakeholder engagement, contractual terms and the tender process among many other process steps. Within the guide there are links to other documents created by the Institute of Consulting including a framework for managing internal stakeholders and a checklist for using management consultants from our exclusive member resource.

Buying Consultancy Services