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Friday 28 April 2017

Great British Scaleup applications close Friday 5th May

logoDon’t forget that applications for the inaugural TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event close on Friday 5th May. The event will be held in London on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June.

If you run a fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SME and feel that you are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in growth, the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme aims to help you connect with external finance to accelerate your scale-up journey.

logoSuccessful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and our founding Advisory Sponsor, ScaleUp Group, whose team of successful tech entrepreneurs and experienced executives have been responsible for company exits valued at over £4b.

logoAll applicants will also be eligible for an initial infrastructure assessment at no charge by managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1, the Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the Great British Scaleup programme.

Companies participating in the Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

Applications for the inaugural Great British Scaleup event can be submitted via the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May.

There is no charge to apply or participate in this event, so don’t miss this chance to be one of the first TechMarketView Great British Scaleups!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '07:15' - Tagged: gbs  

Thursday 27 April 2017

** NEW RESEARCH ** Gains for UK tech stocks in Q1

picUK tech stocks got off to a steady start to the year with the notable exception of the telecoms sector. The clear leader was the FTSE Hardware index, up 14.8% in Q1, driven by Spirent which gained 21% in the quarter. This also helped the FTSE Technology Index gain 3.1% qoq.

However, the FTSE SCS index, a proxy for UK listed software and IT services (SITS) companies only managed a gain of 1.8%, trailing the broader market as represented by the FTSE 100 which gained 2.5% qoq. The FTSE Fixed Line index was again the worst performer, down 12.1%, undoubtedly influenced by further uncertainty over BT’s prospects, after the agreement to spin out Openreach  and further speculation on the future of BT Global Services. The FTSE Mobile index performed better with Vodafone and Inmarsat posting Q1 gains of 4.1% and 13% respectively to lift the index by 4.7%.

Subscribers to the TechMarketView Foundation Service can download the latest edition of IndustryViews Quoted Sector to see our latest analysis of how the stock performance of UK software and IT services companies listed on the London Stock Exchange compares with their international peers.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '16:14'

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Enter the 'Oscars for Technology Entrepreneurs' now!

EA imageTechMarketView is delighted once again to be both a Sponsor of/and Judge in The Enterprise Awards 2017 (in association with WCIT). This year’s event is even bigger and grander and takes place at the Dorchester on 14 June 2017. 

Over 300 leaders in UK tech have already booked a place in the audience at the Awards ceremony - for full details and to book a table yourself CLICK HERE.

But what we really want you to do is consider entering for an Enterprise Award. Unlike TechMarketView’s Little British Battlers or Great British Scaleups, the Enterprise Awards are for individuals not companies. So, if you are already an LBB or budding GBS, why not enter yourself, or your CEO/founder, for an Enterprise Award? Indeed, many already have - and won - in the past.

Our dear friend, John O’Connell, established these ‘Oscars for UK Tech Entrepreneurs’ some seven years ago. TechMarketView – together with such notables as Sage, Smith & Williamson, Natwest, Silverpeak, R and D Tax, Questers and ScaleUp Group – are sponsors. And this year’s chosen charity is Sherry Coutu’s Founders4Schools. TechmarketView will be there on 14 June 17. We’d love to see you there too.The Award categories are as follows:

·      Young Entrepreneur 

·      Evergreen Entrepreneur - for founders who started their business aged 50 or over

·      Emerging Entrepreneur – up to £1 million annual revenue

·      Developing Entrepreneur – annual revenue between £1 and £5 million

·      Scaling Up Award – fastest growing companies

·      Enterprise Entrepreneur – annual revenue over £10 million

·      Social Enterprise Entrepreneur - for entrepreneurs with a business model that gives something back

·      Public Sector Award - excellence and achievement in the public sector

·      Female Entrepreneur - for outstanding female entrepreneurs

·      Mentor of the Year

·      and the Judges Special Award.

Entries must be received by next Friday, 5 May. Entry forms can be downloaded from Enterprise Awards 2017 Entry Form or contact Sarah Robinson at tx2 Events - sarah.robinson@tx2events.com or 020 31372541. Good luck!

Posted by HotViews Editor at '16:34' - Tagged: startup   award   event   scaleup  

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Don’t miss your chance to become a Great British Scaleup

logologoThere’s not long to go before applications close for the inaugural TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event, to be held in London on 28-29 June 2017 … and there’s even more reason to apply!

Earlier this week we announced that managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1 has become the exclusive Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the programme. Cogeco Peer 1 will offer all applicants to the inaugural Great British Scaleup Event an initial infrastructure assessment at no charge, giving them access to solution engineers and network architects able to advise on the mix of technology that is a best fit for them today and will also allow them to scale rapidly in the future.

They join our founding Advisory Sponsor, ScaleUp Group, whose team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives have been responsible for company exits valued at over £4b.

If you run a fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SME and feel that you are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in growth, the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme aims to help you connect with external finance to accelerate your scale-up journey.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. Selected qualifying companies will then have the option for further mentoring by ScaleUp Group to help prepare for potential external investment.

Companies participating in the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

Applications for the inaugural Great British Scaleup event close on Friday 5th May and can be submitted via the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May.

There is no charge to apply or participate in this event, so don’t miss this chance to be one of the first TechMarketView Great British Scaleups!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com

Posted by HotViews Editor at '07:37' - Tagged: gbs  

Monday 24 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* UK defence SITS profile: Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria logoIn this latest PublicSectorViews publication, we add to our series of research notes profiling the UK defence businesses of the leading software & IT services (SITS) providers to the sector.

As we have highlighted previously, all providers are faced with a changing market environment – changes to the MoD culture, to its organisation, to its ICT procurement approach and to its security requirements - and are, therefore, aligning their approaches.

In this, the third in the series, we look at Sopra Steria, which sits eighth in the last published UK defence SITS rankings (see UK public sector SITS supplier landscape report 2016-17). The company has established a solid footprint in the sector over the years and is now evolving as it looks to ensure future success. Our analysis outlines the company's current defence footprint, the business' strengths, the challenges it faces and the actions it is taking to protect its existing business and win new businesss.

If you are a PublicSectorViews subscriber, you can download the report - UK defence SITS supplier profile: Sopra Steria - now. If you would like to find out how to access the research, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '10:00' - Tagged: public+sector   defence   supplierlandscape  

Monday 24 April 2017

Cogeco Peer 1 becomes first Great British Scaleup Technology Partner

logologoWe are absolutely delighted to announce that Toronto-headquartered managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1 has become the exclusive Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Programme.

Cogeco Peer 1 has a proven track record partnering with businesses to help them scale, ensuring their technology and infrastructure can adapt as they grow, and will be offering support to Great British Scaleup Programme candidates to assist them on their scale-up journey.

The scope of this support encompasses services around cloud, hosting, colocation, security and network/connectivity solutions. Cogeco Peer 1 will offer all applicants to the inaugural Great British Scaleup Event an initial infrastructure assessment at no charge, giving them access to solution engineers and network architects able to advise on the mix of technology that is a best fit for them today and will also allow them to scale rapidly in the future.

Cogeco Peer 1’s EMEA operations are headed by Vice President and General Manager, Susan Bowen. In her prior role as Chief of Staff UK & Ireland at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bowen was responsible for leading the company’s UK & Ireland growth plan and small and medium business programme. As such, she is highly versed in the challenges facing British scale-ups and now brings this experience to bear for Cogeco Peer 1 customers and TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme candidates.

In light of this announcement, we are also pleased to advise that we have extended the closing date for applications for the inaugural Great British Scaleup Event until Friday 5th May. The event will be held on 28-29 June 2017,

Applications can be submitted via the web-based Pre-Qualification Form; there is no charge to apply or participate. Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is run in association with Advisory Sponsor ScaleUp Group, an elite team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives with an enviable track record of building and realising value for UK tech companies.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:59' - Tagged: gbs  

Friday 21 April 2017

ONE WEEK TO GO for the chance to become a Great British Scaleup

logoThere’s just a week to go before applications close for the first TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event, to be held in London on 28-29 June 2017.

Following on from our highly successful Little British Battler programme, the new TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is aimed at fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SMEs that are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in their growth path with the help of external finance.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to develop their potential by tapping into the knowledge and experience of TechMarketView’s research analysts along with business advisors from ScaleUp Group, an elite team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives, chaired by John O’Connell, one of the best known and most respected names in the UK tech sector.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. Selected qualifying companies will then have the option for further mentoring by ScaleUp Group to help prepare for potential external investment.

Companies participating in the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

Indeed, many of the 100+ UK tech SMEs that participated in our Little British Battler programme tell us that their companies significantly benefited from their involvement – including gaining access to funding and exits through acquisition.

Applications for the first Great British Scaleup event close on Friday 28 April and can only be accepted through the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May.

There is no charge to apply or participate in this event, so don’t miss this chance to start your journey to become the next Great British Scaleup!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by Anthony Miller at '08:07' - Tagged: gbs  

Thursday 20 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* Brexit: The implications

Brexit imageOn 23rd June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Since then much has been unclear. No-one has really been sure what Brexit will mean. For UK Government, for UK industry, for UK citizens living abroad, or for EU citizens living in the UK. We still have two years of negotiations, during which time we will be seeking to agree the terms of our withdrawal from the EU, a new trade agreement and future relationship with the EU, and any transition arrangements.

For SITS suppliers to the UK market this makes planning in the short-to-medium term very difficult. It is our view that in order to make strategic decisions, it is important to get a handle on the Brexit timetable, the likelihood of different scenarios and the implications. That is why, in this TechMarketView research note, we welcome Jo Clift as a ‘guest writer’, asking her to explain the current Brexit scenario and the likely outcomes. Jo has drawn on her years of experience in the heart of UK Government to answer numerous questions posed by TechMarketView on the implications of Brexit within Whitehall and, more broadly, for the UK. The result is a simple guide to a very complex subject.

Over the next couple of months, the TechMarketView team will undertake further analysis, using Jo’s insight as a foundation, to look in more detail at the implications for the UK software and IT services (SITS) market.  This will guide our revised market forecasts, which will be published in June.

Acknowledging the importance of this research, we have made this PublicSectorViews research note available to ALL TechMarketView subscribers.  The report - Brexit: The implications - can be downloaded now. If you would like to talk to the TechMarketView team about this ongoing analysis, please contact TechMarketView Director, Georgina O’Toole.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '12:29' - Tagged: brexit  

Wednesday 19 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* Littlefish beating the big (and medium) fish in the big sea

Littlefish logoWe recently highlighted the presence of IT support provider, Littlefish, in the TechTrack100 (see Littlefish and the Tech Track 100). Littlefish was a Little British Battler (LBB) at our inaugural event in Q1 2012 – see Little British Battlers Q112 and Little British Battler Update: Littlefish).

They may not sit in one of the ‘sexy’ areas of the ICT market, but their growth achievements make up for that in the excitement stakes. In their financial year to 30th September 2017, we expect them to report growth of c50% to around £8.5m. In addition, employee numbers have increased to 120 (with 20 vacancies open).  That compares to a turnover of just £1m (with 20 employees) when the current owners acquired the business in 2010. The business is profitable and cash generative.

Having caught up with Littlefish CEO, Steve Robinson, in this research note – Littlefish beating the big (and medium) fish in the big sea – TechMarketView Director, Georgina O’Toole, looks at how the company is slowly nibbling at the heels of the big and medium sized infrastructure services players in the market. The UKHotViewsExtra article also discusses the investment being made by Littlefish and its predictions for future growth.

TechMarketView subscription clients can gain access to the research note now. If you are not yet a subscriber, or don’t know if your company has a corporate-wide subscription already, please get in touch with Deb Seth.  

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '10:36' - Tagged: public+sector   support+services   infrastructureservices   automation   privatesector   servicedesk  

Tuesday 18 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* 2iC: Strong growth driven by international contracts

2iC logoWe recently caught up with Graham Booth, CEO of one of our Little British Battlers, 2iC (see UKHotViews archive). When we met 2iC in April 2015, it was a company with revenues of just c£300K (in its financial year to end December 2014 (see Little British Battlers: The Sixth Sense). Having grown at an average of 30% over the last three years, it achieved revenues over £0.5m in its last financial year.

In this latest UKHotViewsExtra article, we look at why Booth believes future growth will be driven by international opportunities and discuss why the company has become frustrated with the slow pace of change within the UK Ministry of Defence. If you would like to read more, and are already a TechMarketView subscriber, you can read ‘2iC: Strong growth driven by international contracts’ now. If you would like to find out how to access the research, please contact Deb Seth to find out more.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '13:20' - Tagged: public+sector   defence   sme   lbb   littlebritishbattler   cybersecurity  

Tuesday 18 April 2017

TWO WEEKS LEFT for the chance to become a Great British Scaleup

LOGOThere’s just two weeks to go before applications close for the first TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event, to be held in London on 28-29 June 2017.

The new TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is aimed at fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SMEs that are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in their growth path with the help of external finance.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to develop their potential by tapping into the knowledge and experience of TechMarketView’s research analysts along with business advisors from ScaleUp Group, an elite team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives, chaired by John O’Connell, one of the best known and most respected names in the UK tech sector.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. Selected qualifying companies will then have the option for further mentoring by ScaleUp Group to help prepare for potential external investment.

Companies participating in the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

Applications close on Friday 28 April and can only be accepted through the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May.

There is no charge to apply or participate in this event, so don’t miss this chance to start your journey to become the next Great British Scaleup!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '08:42' - Tagged: gbs  

Wednesday 12 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH*: Intelligent Applications - transformative impact

Intelligent Applications are a transformative adaptation of enterprise applications that promise high business impact. The changes affect application architecture and capabilities but they go beyond pure technical considerations. Intelligent Applications are breaking established norms around what applications do, how they operate and how users interact with them.

Breaking established norms calls for radical change by suppliers operating in the Enterprise Software & Application Services (ESAS) sector: mastering Intelligent Applications demands wholesale reassessment of technology capabilities, operational approaches and skills requirements. Those who can adapt have the opportunity to open up higher value revenue streams - and adaptation is necessary because Intelligent Application capabilities, be that service or software led, will rapidly become table stakes. The latest research from ESASViews examines the transformative impact of Intelligent Applications and sets the foundation for further analysis of the developments, ecosystem and opportunities.

Subscribers can click to download “Grasping the transformative impact of Intelligent Applications”. If you don’t have a TechMarketView subscription, contact Deborah Seth to find how to change that.

Posted by Angela Eager at '16:26' - Tagged: software   ApplicationServices   AI   machinelearning   machineintelligence  

Tuesday 11 April 2017

*NEW RESEARCH* End User Insight in Robotic Process Automation

lIn the course of researching the emerging Robotic Process Automation (RPA) sector, we have spoken with a number of enterprise end users on their experiences implementing and operating RPA across their back-office business processes.

It has provided a fascinating perspective on what is really happening at the coal face in deploying RPA solutions, and the real challenges and opportunities presented by enterprise customers.

These end user insights will continue to help frame our growing research into the Business Process Automation and RPA sector (see our series Business Process Automation – opportunities in the Robotic Revolution).

In this Analyst Views report, we provide insights specifically from conversations with senior business managers responsible for managing RPA deployments, in the highly-regulated retail banking and UK energy sectors: Robotic Process Automation: end user insights in retail banking and energy.

If you would like subscription information please contact Deborah Seth from our client services team.

Posted by John O'Brien at '08:54' - Tagged: enduser   RPA  

Monday 10 April 2017

Are YOU the next Great British Scaleup?

logoAre you a fast-growing tech SME with the potential to grow even faster?

Do you have your eye on overseas markets but don’t have the capacity to exploit them?

Would you like help to become the next Great British Scaleup?

Last week TechMarketView launched a new initiative to help UK tech SMEs grow faster – the Great British Scaleup programme, the follow-on to our highly successful Little British Battler (LBB) programme. Over the past five years, our LBB programme has brought more than 100 UK tech SMEs to the attention of the wider market, many of whom have gone on to greater things.

The new TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is aimed at fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SMEs that are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in their growth path with the help of external finance.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to develop their potential by tapping into the knowledge and experience of TechMarketView’s research analysts along with business advisors from ScaleUp Group, an elite team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives, chaired by one of the best known and most respected names in the UK tech sector, John O’Connell.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. Selected qualifying companies will then have the option for further mentoring by ScaleUp Group to help prepare for potential external investment.

Companies participating in the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

The inaugural TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event will be held in London on 27-28 June 2017. Applications for this event are open until Friday 28 April. Applications can only be accepted through the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May.

There is no charge to apply or participate in this event, so don’t miss this chance to start your journey to become the next Great British Scaleup!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:40' - Tagged: gbs  

Monday 03 April 2017

HERE COME THE GREAT BRITISH SCALEUPS!

Today, TechMarketView is launching a new initiative to help UK tech SMEs grow faster – the Great British Scaleup programme. This programme is the follow-on to our highly successful Little British Battler programme which, over the past five years, has brought more than 100 UK tech SMEs to the attention of the wider market.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme offers a unique opportunity for fast-growing UK tech SMEs to develop their potential by tapping into the knowledge and experience of TechMarketView’s market research specialists along with business advisors from ScaleUp Group, an elite team of successful tech entrepreneurs and seasoned executives, chaired by one of the best known and most respected names in the UK tech sector, John O’Connell.

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme is aimed at fast growing, privately held, UK-owned tech SMEs with at least 20 employees and revenues over £3m, that are ready, willing and able to make a step-change in their growth path with the help of external finance.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a half-day, closed-door session to discuss their business plans and prospects in confidence with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. Selected qualifying companies will have the option for further mentoring by ScaleUp Group to help prepare for potential external investment.

All companies selected to participate in the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme will also enjoy invaluable exposure in TechMarketView UKHotViews, widely acknowledged as the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, as well as coverage in selected TechMarketView research.

The inaugural TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event will be held in London on 28-29 June 2017. Applications for this event are open until Friday 28 April. Applications can only be accepted through the web-based Pre-Qualification Form. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 May. No fee is required to participate in a TechMarketView Great British Scaleup Event.

If you think your company qualifies – or if you know of a company that might – we strongly encourage you to apply to join the league of Great British Scaleups!

Further information can be found in the Great British Scaleup page on our website or by contacting us at gbs@techmarketview.com.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '10:15' - Tagged: gbs