Universal Consulting India Pvt Ltd (UC) is India's boutique Strategy Consulting Firm, founded in 1994, by Jay P Desai. Founded with just US$ 1,000, UC has now grown to be a firm with 60+ employees in its Mumbai and New Delhi offices.
UC advises MNCs, major Indian and Middle Eastern companies, as well as smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses. Our Clients range from mid-sized, emerging, family-run businesses to multinational corporations. More than 75% of UC’s work originates from existing clients or referrals.
Since inception UC has conducted over 685 cases across India and globally, through its Mumbai and New Delhi offices.
In July 2007, L.E.K. Consulting, global strategy consulting firm with 18 offices and 800 staff invested in a 20% strategic equity stake in UC, providing a global footprint.
Our approach is founded on a series of strongly shared beliefs. We bring the following to our client engagements:
Our approach ensures
“Our relationship with Universal Consulting has deepened significantly in the last 12 months. The team brings to bear a unique combination of industry knowledge, insightful thinking, ability to go deep on an industry, and capability to deliver actionable recommendations. For this I commend UC.”
Rustom J Desai,
“It has been an immense pleasure working with your extremely professional team; they are the best I have ever seen in my professional life time, believe me I have seen other top strategy consulting firms…but these guys are through, simple and excellent (and no they have not paid me to say so). I will always recommend your good company to anyone who asks me so.”
"We have extensively used Universal Consulting in many strategic assignments and always found their input and their recommendations to be of very high order both in terms of quality as well as in terms of pragmatism."
“Bunge started with a project for an Entry strategy and action plan into a new business segment in India. The work done by Universal Consulting was exhaustive, detailed and most importantly provided insight into where and how to invest as also the required scale to be cost competitive. The team worked as an extended arm of Bunge with a quick response time, 24 x7 and an attitude of “Whatever it takes”. As Bunge, we were delighted with the performance of Universal Consulting and have worked with them for three other projects since. They continue to deliver high quality with commitment and are cost effective.”
“The dedication, devotion, sincerity and diligence displayed by the Universal Consulting team have brought in a spirit of enthusiasm and challenge among the staff.”
“We engaged Universal Consulting for a market landscape and assessment initiative as well as development of an implementation plan. Our expectations of the deliverables were quite high having worked previously with numerous strategy consulting firms. UC more than surpassed our expectations as they provided detailed insights on facets of the market(s) that we had neglected to appreciate.
The firm’s strength resides in their ability to interpret our ideas; develop a thorough project scope; and synthesize complex primary and secondary data. As future projects arise, we will consider working with Universal as our strategy partner.”
“The report covered all the areas, defined scope, and brings out clear recommendations for growth as well as areas where our Company should not venture into, given its core strengths. Kindly convey our appreciation to the members of the team who worked on the report with diligence.”
“Universal Consulting demonstrated very strong analytical work and had solid backup for data presented and techniques used. They had a good understanding of the bottlenecks in our organization and how to manage them. The team made good presentations and had a convincing style.”
“Wolverine World Wide engaged Universal Consulting to assist in developing a growth strategy for India for seven WWW footwear brands. The 5-module approach that UC used to conduct this engagement provided us with excellent customer, competitor, potential partner and retail assessments in a very understandable format. Information provided was based on both ‘desk research’ and ‘in the field research’. UC performance exceeded our expectations."
"Universal's approach to strategic consulting is grounded in reality; they do not talk down to you from a different domain. Their desire to continually engage you as a client helps in making their advice more implementable."