We are happy to publish our first CCN Newsletter and give you an update about our most recent developments over the last year.
Renaming our society
This year we decided to rename ourselves to Cambridge Consulting Network (CCN) instead of Cambridge University Student Consulting Group (CUSCG). This change of our name was necessary to reflect the fact that the society is now a network of branches across different universities. Except for the name change we want to ensure you that we are still the same society working hard to develop our students and make our clients happy!!!
Continuing our growth over previous years, CCN was able to form new partnerships with other consulting societies throughout the world. This year, we have developed the following new partnerships:
The Sounding Board (Philippines)
The Sounding Board is a student-consulting organization that aims to amplify the social value generating capability of emerging social enterprises in the Philippines as well as to aid established businesses who wish to create social dimensions in their business plan.
Eureka Consulting Group (Hong Kong)
The Eureka Consulting Group Limited (hereafter “ECG”) is a non-profit consulting social enterprise run by students of the University of Hong Kong.
SOAS and Imperial Consulting Group (London)
As part of our expansion in London we have been in contact with upcoming and existing consulting groups at SOAS and Imperial College in London. This cooperation’s will help us to offer a larger talent base in London and additional knowledge sharing opportunities.
These partnerships will work well with the existing partnership we have with Solvay Brussels School Student Consulting Club. We hope that they will help us to learn from other similar societies and offer better services for our clients.
Projects in 2014
We are excited to announce that CCN finished this year with a record number of projects—we have now had over 30 CCN project teams with clients on 5 continents! In the Fall of 2014, we were able to run a total of 4 projects in Cambridge, 3 in London and 2 in Washington DC; this is in addition to our insight project and the NIH competition. As usual, our projects covered a large range of companies (including large online retailers, startups, and non-profits). In addition to increasing the number of projects, we also focused on improving the professionalism of our work. We are working towards establishing a solid legal framework for CCN and also developed a series of standards and tools to help our consultants. We were also able to improve the training for our consultants with the help of the Boston Consulting Group. This development of our projects and the record number of applications showed an increasing interest in our society and a large potential for future growth and development.
We hope you had a great Christmas and New Years break. It was a pleasure working with you on a CCN project, and please let us know if you have any feedback or advice on how we can improve in the future. Please also stay in touch, as we are always happy to hear from you.
Torben Jess, COO of the Cambridge Consulting Network