|Headquarters||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Employees||25 (September 2013)|
Collinson Grant is a management consultancy firm with offices in London and Manchester. It operates in the UK, Europe and worldwide, and has worked for large corporations, owner-managed businesses and organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
The company was founded in 1970 by Len Collinson, previously Director of Manpower at Plessey Telecommunications in Liverpool, and James Grant, an Area Manager with Inbucon/AIC, a consultancy firm.
Early clients included Babcock International and Cooper Industries. Collinson Grant helped Hanson, an acquisitive conglomerate, to integrate newly acquired businesses.
Costs and organisational design – and the relationship between them – have been a common theme in the company's assignments.
Andrew Collinson, Len Collinson's son, is the company's chairman and chief executive.
Organisational efficiency at Rolls-Royce plc
Collinson Grant has supported Rolls-Royce, a global manufacturer of power systems, for fifteen years on global projects aimed at helping managers to reduce costs and use resources more efficiently
Restructuring and the integration of acquisitions in Europe and worldwide has been one of Collinson Grant's main activities with projects at companies such as Balfour Beatty, Hanson, Imperial Tobacco Group and McKesson Corporation.
Productivity in the public sector
Collinson Grant has contributed to number of important reviews of efficiency and costs in the British civil service. Its report on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is lodged in the library of the House of Commons and was widely reported. The Financial Times said the report "identified management shortcomings and a culture of over-spending with no incentive to reduce costs". Collinson Grant's report argued that £66m could be saved by cutting 1,300 jobs in Britain and abroad, provided the FCO was able to tackle problems such as over-management, a "lack of delegation" and duplication of work. on BBC News online  and in the Daily Telegraph. It was considered by the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in February 2006. The report identified a number of areas of for improvement within the FCO, such as overmanagement, a "lack of delegation" and its lack of incentives to reduce costs.<. The Foreign Office said of the project: “A lot of what is in the report we have taken on board. It is paying dividends.”.
Department of Health
The company also contributed to Lord Carter of Coles’ Review of HM Prison Service, which gives options for improving the balance between the supply of prison places and demand for them and recommendations on how this could be achieved.
Ministry of Justice
During the decade 2000 to 2010 there were many activities to improve productivity in the civil service. Collinson Grant contributed to a project at the Ministry of Justice to improve inter-agency working. An Inter-Agency Good Practice Guide was produced for the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, working in partnership with the Value for Money and Productivity Unit of the Home Office.
The company has collaborated with Duncan Angwin, Professor of Strategy Oxford Brookes University and formerly Associate Professor, Warwick Business School on a number of research studies, sponsoring a PhD investigation into cross-border restructuring and contributing to a book published by FT Pitman, entitled 'Implementing Successful Post-Acquisition Management’.
Collinson Grant has published a series of books covering various aspects of its work. Titles include "Managing indirect costs", "Managing productivity", "Managing restructuring", "Managing organisational design", and "Employment law for line managers".
- Nuclear Energy
- Central Government
- Aerospace and Defence
- Construction and Building Materials
- HR and Employment Law
Clients have included:
- Air Fayre
- Balfour Beatty
- Bank of Scotland
- Cambro Manufacturing Company
- CGU Life
- Channel 4
- Cooper Industries
- Department of Health (United Kingdom)
- Finning UK
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Manchester Airports Group
- NSL (formerly NCP)
- Office for Criminal Justice Reform
- Rolls Royce plc
- Thorn Lighting
- United News and Media
- Westminster Healthcare
- Jogging with Clients, Lexis Publishing Ltd, 1994.