Next-gen Melbourne consultancies achieve 2023 milestones

27 December 2023 3 min. read
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A trio of disruptive Melbourne-based business consultancies have captured the city’s unique style through their recent website updates, just one of the milestones reached by each of the firms over the course of 2023.

Despite being ranked behind Sydney on Mercer’s latest list of the best global locales for expat workers, Melbourne is undoubtedly one of the world’s trendiest cities – just ask a local. This is reflected in the Victorian capital’s often unique approach to business consulting and exemplified by the likes of BlueRock, which recently teamed up with Rollie Nation to produce a pair of custom-designed shoes as a unique holiday gift for all of its staff.

“Such an awesome collaboration between BlueRock and Rollie Nation – and lots of fun handing these gifts out to our deserving staff,” stated Vince Giovanniello, one of the consultancy’s chiefs who heads up the WorkflowMax brand acquired from Xero earlier this year.

Next-gen Melbourne consultancies achieve 2023 milestones

Other M&A milestones for BlueRock in 2023 included the addition of Arthur Advisory and dnm group to its accounting division, while the firm also confirmed it’s on the hunt for a strategic capital partner.

BlueRock also this year won a digital Good Design award for its ‘energetic’ website, which was conceived in collaboration with local creative branding agency Today. The award judges wrote: “The BlueRock website indeed yells ‘big thinking’! If Coachella, Pink Floyd and Andy Warhol had a website baby, this is what it would look like. We applaud the brave visual design choices that create a desirable drive for this organisation’s target audience.”

Another company which embodies the ‘Melbourne’ spirit is fellow B-Corp Inventium, with the behavioural science & innovation consultancy boasting an equally-creative and newly-refreshed website. In terms of other recent milestones, the firm is also in the process of fondly farewelling its chief Michelle Le Poidevin, and has now compiled its final list of Australia’s most innovative companies in collaboration with BRW/AFR after twelve years.

Le Poidevin wrote of her departure: “Its a unicorn workplace and I leave with so many learnings, great memories and friends. I’m super proud of what I’ve achieved in those ten years and in particular leading the team over the last five as CEO. I couldn’t be more grateful to (founder) Amantha Imber for all the opportunities she’s given me, and for all my clever, hilarious and simply brilliant team mates that I’ve had the absolute privilege of working alongside.”

Starting life as ‘Enterprise Architects’ in 2002 before rebadging a decade and a half on, business design and transformation consultancy FromHereOn has also celebrated several milestones this year, including a website and brand refresh to coincide with April’s total solar eclipse.

More recently, the firm moved into new digs at the ‘Paris-end’ of Collins Street, and last month welcomed former Fujitsu retail CTO and EY associate partner Akshay Jain as executive director.

“The lifeblood of a consultancy is attracting and retaining the best people,” said co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans. “At a time when the larger firms are letting people go, we find ourselves in a great position to be growing our team, and we are very pleased to be bringing Akshay on board. We look forward to the rich technical delivery capabilities and consulting experience he brings to our emerging digital ventures and consolidating our transformation capability.”