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Benefits of Joining Richmond Group

You too can become more successful as a consultant by being a member of RG.

We welcome consultants who are just setting up independently. The group is very supportive and keen to share their experiences. Members will respond to requests for information and happily give their time to enable others to get started.

Equally we welcome established consultants whose experience and knowledge, always adds to our collective capability. The friendly atmosphere encourages exchange of ideas and lively debate. Members are able to complement each other’s skills and collaborate on projects.

Benefits of membership of the Richmond Group are significant.

✓ Meetings:

Saturday and Weekday Evening meetings. Free access to every half-day Saturday or Evening meeting (see Events ). These are currently online normally 6 of these each year.

Lunchtime weekday discussions. Currently online (see Events ).

Members only social  events. Also currently online (invitation only).

✓ Business development. 

Members introduce work opportunities to the Group. Also, Members often collaborate on business development and client projects.

✓ Peer support.

Members are quick to respond to appeals for support and help from other Members. As a Member you can contact each/any Member directly or an exclusive group email gives Members direct and quick access to all other Members.

Some examples of the type of support which Members freely provide to each other include:

  • Advice regarding their projects (respecting, of course, requirements for client confidentiality).
  • Advice on proposals and bids.
  • Expert knowledge about specific sectors.
  • Introductions to work opportunities.
  • Informal coaching and mentoring.
  • Recommendations about suppliers (eg for insurance or technology/software).
  • Support and advice at difficult moments (eg if you ever have a lull in work).
✓ Learning and continued professional development.

This can be gained, for example:

  • Attending and participating in the seminars/meetings.
  • Networking with other Members.
  • Working on projects with other Members.
✓ Networking.

Membership enables many opportunities for networking with other members and visitors to our meetings. Networking is also facilitated with our exclusive “all member” email and through our Linkedin Group.

Use of the Richmond Group brand.

Members can use the Richmond Group brand to demonstrate that they are a professional consultant and qualified member of an established network and community of expert independent consultants. We also encourage our members to undertake activities (e.g. draft white papers, conduct original research etc.), which enhances the brand image and complements their own business development initiatives.

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The Joining Process

Step 1: Attend  a couple of meetings

It is recommended that you attend 1 or 2 of our Saturday or weekday meetings before applying. This will enable you to get to know us and vice versa.

Non-members are welcome to join 2 meetings at a nominal charge before becoming a member. You can book online: please go to the Eventbrite link.

Step 2: Application form and CV

You will need to complete and return an Application Form, your CV and a Declaration from. Contact us for the forms.

Step 3. Meet our CEO and/or Membership Secretary

Meet our CEO, Membership Secretary and/or another Richmond Group member online. The purpose of the meeting will be to answer any questions you have, discuss your expectations of RG, and understand your professional background and the nature of your consultancy activities.

Step 4. Council approval

After your meeting, the Membership Secretary will make a recommendation to our Council (Board of Directors) and will advise you of the Council’s decision.

Step 5: Joining fee and annual subscription

You will be invoiced for the one-off joining fee and pro-rata annual subscription. As soon as you have paid this you will be a Member. Welcome!

Step 6: Membership Certificate and Badge

You will be sent your Membership Certificate and your personal Richmond Group badge.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us (link to contact us)

Eligibility

  • Your primary occupation is as an independent consultant.
  • You will be sole trader or member of a firm with no more than 5 Principals.
  • You are a Fellow or Full Member of a professional institution acceptable to Richmond Group. Such institutions a) operate codes of conduct and b) have CPD requirements which are either directly connected with management consulting or with the professional area of advice/consultancy you offer clients. Some examples of approved institutions include: Institute of Consulting; CIPD, CIPS, ACA, CIPFA, ICE and IET. Contact our Membership Secretary, Chris Edge, to ask about institutions to which you belong.

You have 5 years’ experience of working as a management consultant. These need not be consecutive or in your current practice. They can include time spent as an internal consultant.

Fees

Full Members and Associate Members pay the same annual fee.

The annual membership fee is subject to a prompt payment discount

New members are charged the annual fee pro rata depending on when they join during the year.

There is a one-off administration joining fee.

“I’d just like to briefly share (being a new member, and a newer consultant) that this has been very useful and enlightening. I have also much enjoyed the previous two Saturday meetings, both the ‘mixing in’ with the industry, and the professional development aspects achieved from the presentations. I’ve justified my membership fee already. A very good impression and I would think/hope that potential new members will view RG similarly.”
Gavin Makowski

who joined early in 2015, said following a request for advice and several members chipping in