Consulting magazine re- ceives plenty of nomina- tions for the Seven Small Jewels. As one might imagine, there are typically more than
seven firms deserving of recognition
in any given year. This year was no
different. Several firms stood out in
the eyes of the editorial selection
committee, but for one reason or
another, were not selected as Seven
Small Jewels. However, we felt these
outstanding firms—many of them
international—needed to be noticed.
So, here are this year’s Seven to
Watch. Often, the firms on this list
end up as Small Jewels a year or two
later. So, you might want to keep an
eye on them; Consulting sure will.
Clearsulting is a Cleveland-based
Financial Consulting and IT firm
“committed to challenging the classic consulting business model.” Its
culture is focused on creativity, enthusiasm, and client collaboration to
bring a fresh perspective to clients in
primarily five service areas—Shared
Services, Technology Services, Risk
and Controls, Finance Transformation, and Analytics and Insight. Over
300 percent revenue growth early on
means it’s working.
2. Healthlink Advisors
Pinellas Park, Fla.-based Healthlink
Advisors’ mission is “to improve
healthcare delivery and IT opera-
tions at clients ranging from aca-
demic medical centers to integrated
delivery networks to community-
based hospitals.” The IT and Strat-
egy healthcare firm boasts early
impressive results of 220 percent
revenue growth in 2017. If it does it
again in 2018—as leaders forecast—
it will undoubtedly end up on next
year’s Seven Small Jewels list.
3. Mirow & Co.
Rio de Janeiro-based Mirow & Co.
is a strategy firm serving clients
across a range of capital-intensive
industries. Founded in 2012, Mirow
& Co. has served all the major Brazilian pulp & paper companies and
many other industrial clients. Revenue growth of 75 percent in 2017
was a great start but leaders expect
to do it again this year. That would
go a long way to Mirow & Co. being
one of 2019’s Seven Small Jewels.
4. Pollen Consulting
Sydney-based Pollen Consulting
Group grew at an astounding 500
percent in 2017 and is projecting to
double revenue in 2018. Although
small and just getting started, Pollen Consulting Group says: “We
believe to truly find a new outcome,
we must reshape the road we take,
blending our experience, your experience, the ways you work and
the ideas we generate. Working
shoulder-to-shoulder with you and
your businesses to improve your
5. The Renewables
The Renewables Consulting Group
is an integrated market intelligence,
management consulting and technical
advisory firm. The firm says: “What
makes us different is that we are focused solely on the renewable energy
sector. We support mainstream and
emerging technologies and serve the
organizations leading the transition
to a low carbon economy.” The Lon-don-based firm, with offices in New
York, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Taipei, grew 83 percent in 2017.
6. Syntelli Solutions, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Syntelli Solutions Inc. was launched in 2005 as
an enterprise performance management solutions provider for CFOs.
Built to help clients influence behaviour with the power of data, over
the past 10 years the practices have
matured to include enhanced data
lake practices with data governance
and the latest data-shaping and science practices. The 59 percent revenue growth in 2017 is a great start,
and the firm is forecasting even better 106 percent growth in 2018.
7. Walking the Talk
Amsterdam-based Walking the Talk’s
commitment to culture transformation runs deeper than just a consulting
proposition. Firm leaders say: “It’s
our reason for being. Perhaps unusually for a consultancy, our aim is to
leave the client transformed, with the
capability to keep evolving, essentially making the client self-sufficient
in culture management. Our vision is
for every organization in the world
to have a thriving culture,” and that
vision lead to an impressive growth
rate of 46 percent in 2017.
7SEVEN to WATCH