CI Projects Earns Recognition as the Most Trusted Corporate Transformation Consultancy 2024

CI Projects Team

CI Projects is thrilled to announce it has been named the Most Trusted Corporate Transformation Consultancy 2024 by SME News‘ prestigious Business Elite Awards. This award recognises our commitment to building trust with clients and guiding them through their CI journeys.

The Business Elite Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. Receiving this award from SME News, a respected publication dedicated to supporting SMEs, holds a special significance.

“Earning the trust of our clients is everything,” says Kiran Kachela, CEO and Founder of CI Projects. “This award, recognising us as the Most Trusted Corporate Transformation Consultancy, is a true honor. It reflects the dedication we have to building strong, long-term client relationships and delivering results that empower them to thrive.”

We partner closely with our clients to understand their unique challenges and develop a tailored solutions that delivers measurable results. This award serves as further validation of CI Projects’ commitment to excellence. We look forward to continuing to empower businesses to achieve their strategic goals and to support them on their CI journey.

Spotlight on Jay

Ready to meet Jay? This spotlight article dives into our Business Analyst’s background, passions, and what excites him about being part of our team. Let’s get to know him!

What attracted you to CI Projects?

The company culture was a magnet for me. CI Projects aligned with my core values of growth and development. This was evident with every member within CI Projects embracing the company values and always wanting to develop.

The company has helped enable this by constantly facilitating internal training courses, ‘Time-to-Learn’ sessions and through developing internal ‘Communities’ arranged by discipline where we can share best practices. All these opportunities help with driving collaboration, integrity and passion – these are the foundations of our strong company culture and our approach to project delivery.

What have you found most challenging in your role as a Business Analyst at CI Projects?

There are so many exciting opportunities that there isn’t time to do everything right away, so having to prioritise is often a challenge. The challenge of prioritisation is a vital skill, especially when working on different projects with different deliverables. The adjustment has been a journey but it is one that is rewarding when you can see the value being brought to the clients we work with.

What has been your favourite project with CI Projects so far and why?

I enjoy every project, but my favourite project was probably my first project at CI Projects as on reflection, I learned so much and it reaffirmed my decision to work at CI Projects. It was at the University of Oxford where I was producing, reviewing and analysing process maps to give teams a better understanding of the current state so that they could make informed decisions and take the right path forward towards introducing a new technology solution. I was able to enhance and put into practice a wide range of skills such as stakeholder management, data visualisation and process mapping. I was also able to apply the Lean Waste TIMWOODS methodology to highlight key areas of improvement. This project was why I joined CI Projects as it incorporated new ways of thinking, new approaches and methodologies, and enabled me to put all of my skills to the test. Most of all, I enjoyed adding value to the client and seeing the process maps that I had produced be put to good use, leading to other projects that enabled service improvement.

How does the company promote work-life balance?

CI projects offer a hybrid approach and the days in the office are flexible. As a value-driven company, it enables me to be focused on output-delivery and also provides time to focus on other areas of life such as family, friends, and mental and physical health. This is all done without judgment and the company environment embraces employees to prioritise their well-being. There is a network around you to have conversations, feel supported, and to create a healthy work-life balance suited to you as an individual, as one size doesn’t always fit all.

Tell us about your current role at CI Projects?

My current role is a Business Analyst and I have worked on numerous projects to redesign process maps, capture business requirements, analyse current ways of working, conduct gap analyses, manage risks, facilitate workshops and engage with stakeholders across organisations. Within CI Projects, I am also responsible for executing our Data Strategy and continuously looking at ways to improve data input, visualisation and presentation.

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Finalists in the West London Business Awards 2024

We are delighted to announce that we were crowned finalists at the West London Business Awards 2024 in the Business Services Company of the Year category. This is in recognition of our approach to making a real difference to our customers and our robust objective setting and strategy formation, with matching rigor in implementation and measurement.

We attended the awards ceremony at Twickenham Stadium for a third year in a row. While we didn’t take home the win, being recognised as a finalist among such esteemed companies is a huge honor and a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team.

A milestone event in the region’s business calendar, the Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals. The winners in each category, as well as the much sought-after title of ‘West London Company of the Year 2024’, were announced at the awards ceremony.

The WLB Awards 2024 is the largest event of the year for West London Business. We’re grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this event and to celebrate the incredible talent and innovation within the London business community.

A huge thank you to West London Business for shortlisting us and congratulations to all the winners.

Doors of Westminster Swing Open!

Following our recent nomination in the West London Business Awards, we were invited to the House of Commons in Westminster amongst Parliamentarians and business leaders alike to celebrate being shortlisted for the prestigious awards.

It was a great to speak with MPs such as Seema Malhotra about today’s pressing matters and to network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about driving change.

This is our third time being shortlisted for the West London Business Awards. The award ceremony takes place on 16th February – wish us luck!

We are so grateful for the invitation and for all our supporters who make the award nomination possible.

CI Projects wins Global 100 Business Excellence Award 2024

We are pleased to announce that we have been recognised as one of the top 100 World’s leading firms for 2024! Voters from over 163 countries worldwide nominated us for the award and we have been crowned winners of the ‘Global 100 Business Excellence Award – 2024’.

This is a testament to the hard work of our team, their innovation, and commitment to business excellence.

Global 100 provides a comprehensive understanding of firms that are leaders in their area of specialisation; therefore it is an honour to be recognised for the work we do in supporting organisations drive sustainable efficiencies, profitability and improved customer experience.

We would like to give special thanks to our team who strive for business excellence everyday, and to everyone who supports us!

CI Projects meets Senior Cabinet Minister

As a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Award winner, we had the pleasure of being invited to a private event at FSB’s new Westminster Offices to be in the company of Senior Cabinet Minister, the Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, serving as Secretary of State for Business and Trade and President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Representation from SMEs like us is important in resolving barriers to economic development such as market failures, government regulations and labour challenges. There are c.5.5 million SMEs, which make up over 99% of UK private sector businesses. 

Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:

“I have made it a priority to knock down the barriers holding back British businesses and that prevent them from selling more of their goods and services around the world, creating new jobs, and paying higher wages.”

“As an independent trading nation Britain can now get to grips with these blockages. So I’m very proud that since becoming Trade Secretary we’ve been able to unlock billions for the UK economy, and I look forward to smashing even more barriers to ensure our businesses thrive.”

We are grateful to FSB for establishing a platform for our voices to be heard by senior cabinet ministers and will continue to represent SMEs like ourselves and speak for the larger organisations we serve to make an impact.

CI Projects awarded Best Continuous Improvement Training & Mentorship Company 2023

We are delighted to have won an award in the 5th annual SME News 2023 Business Elite Awards. SME News has proudly held the SME Business Elite Awards since 2018. This is an essential programme for them since it represents a community to which we belong – small and medium sized businesses. It provides a unique opportunity to pay homage to the enterprises and business leaders that play a significant role in driving economic growth, innovation, job creation and community spirit across the United Kingdom.

We have won an award in the “Best Continuous Improvement Training & Mentorship Company 2023 – UK” category and are thrilled about this! At CI Projects we are passionate about empowering the teams we work with and helping them unlock a new skill-set with our training and mentoring. We create bespoke training solutions to meet the needs of organisations undertaking change initiatives, which are developed and delivered by our very own team of experienced professionals who can share their real-life, practical examples. We train from experience, not textbooks! We are proud to have trained c. 1000 people so far and have an NPS score of over 90% for our training delivery.

A huge thank you to SME News for this recognition, International Lean Six Sigma Institute (iLSSi) for their partnership and to everyone who continually supports us.

Featured in the Evening Standard: 10 companies to enhance your business and personal life

We’re thrilled to announce that CI Projects has been recognised by the Evening Standard as one of the top 10 companies that can enhance your business and personal life! This prestigious feature highlights our commitment to empowering businesses through true convergence – a powerful approach that seamlessly integrates people, processes, and technology.

The Evening Standard article emphasizes the growing need for businesses to adapt to the ever-changing landscape. By leveraging our expertise in continuous improvement strategies, CI Projects helps businesses unlock immense potential, streamline operations, maximise efficiency, and ultimately, achieve greater success. Read the full article here.

CI Projects acquires a new office

CI Projects have acquired an office in one of the Capital’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan districts, near London Bridge station. Our contemporary private office boasts views of the Shard, a roof terrace perfect for the summer months, and is situated in a prime position on the corner of Borough High Street and close to the world-famous Borough Market.

We are a “people business” and so people-centricity and culture is the hallmark of our success since the

company’s founding in 2012, and a primary reason why we have decided to invest in a space for us to work together. We believe that in-person interactions are integral to the eco-system of our company.

As our team continues to grow, now is a good opportunity to reimagine the team and client experience and develop a future of work approach that leverages the best of in-person and virtual interactions to foster creativity, innovation, and culture. Working together in the office can really help to develop a sense of shared purpose and strengthen our community. Collaboration is much more dynamic when you can pop over to the next desk or brainstorm in a room together, bouncing ideas and feeding off each other. Communication, collaboration and innovation are the main drivers for the decision.

Our team is intentionally composed of a diverse mix of professionals, from different walks of life and backgrounds, who all share the passion and appetite to deliver positive results. In a creative business like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe and create with peers when being physically together, nor the opportunity to grow professionally by learning. At CI Projects we promote a learning culture and want to make learning part of the daily rhythms of being together.

We’re embracing a hybrid working model that combines the best of both worlds, where our team gets the flexibility to work on client sites, at our office as well as remotely during the week. Our approach is based on balancing flexibility, productivity, and collaboration.

This is a significant milestone in our growth journey and a brand new chapter for us; we are very excited to share this news with you.

Silver Winner in the High Growth Business of the Year category at the SME London Business Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that we are proud winners of the Silver Award in the High Growth Business of the Year category at the SME London Business Awards 2023! A great way to kick-off the year ahead!

The SME London Business Awards offers an opportunity to support and raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SME’s in the region. 

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are businesses whose personnel numbers are 250 employees or less. SMEs are also said to be responsible for driving innovation and competition in many economic sectors. The SME London Business Awards are made up of 20 categories that allow any successful business in the UK to enter these prestigious awards.

We want to thank our amazing team and every person who has supported our journey this far. We are grateful for being recognised for our hard work and continued year-on-year growth.

CI Projects invited to the House of Commons

Following our recent nomination in the West London Business Awards, our Founder Kiran Kachela was invited to the House of Commons for a Christmas Reception amongst Parliamentarians and business leaders alike.

It was a great to speak with MPs such as Bob Blackman about today’s pressing matters and to network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about driving change.

We are so grateful for the invitation and for all our supporters who make the award nomination possible.

Here are some pics from the night.