Tuesday 06 October 2015

*NEW RESEARCH* Equiniti to float on LSE (update)

lLast week's announcement from top ten UK business process services (BPS) supplier Equiniti, that it is to float on the London Stock Exchange, is a really good thing for the UK tech scene and UK BPS sector in particular.

Equiniti’s move will be the first such IPO we have seen in the UK BPS for a long while, and reflects the growing prospects within Equiniti's markets for Platform BPO, predominantly within the public and financial services sectors.

TechMarketView subscribers can read our UKHotViewsExtra analysis of Equiniti's prospects post IPO in Equiniti to float on LSE (update)

If you're not yet a subscriber, please contact Deb Seth ( who will be happy to help.

Posted by John O'Brien at '08:12' - Tagged: public+sector   ipo   bps  

Tuesday 06 October 2015

Write a Sponsored Post in UKHotViews

sponsored post imagesDid you know you can now embed a Sponsored Post directly within the main body of the UKHotViews e-newsletter and have it appear on TechMarketView’s website for seven days, as well as in our Twitter feed?

UKHotViews is arguably the UK’s most respected, authoritative newsletter for informed opinion and analysis on what’s happening in the UK Software and IT Services (SITS) market.

Considered a must read for anyone with ‘skin in the SITS game’, UKHotViews enjoys a high calibre readership, reaching a broad spectrum of companies from the largest SITS players to emerging SMEs; as well as key players from the investment community, press, government and CIOs.

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Previous advertisers tell us that a Sponsored Post in UKHotViews has delivered results for their businesses. This is what Fujitsu told us after their recent Sponsored Post campaign in UKHotViews:

“Fujitsu’s recent experience in advertising in the TechMarketView daily e-newsletter produced strong results for our business. The readership is clearly highly targeted and the open rates for the newsletter are high, so the reach we achieved through our five week activity, promoting Fujitsu Thought Leadership around IT security, was excellent. Moreover the click-through rates to our website were twice what we typically expect, meaning that a good number of TechMarketView subscribers both saw and engaged with our content. I consider this a cost effective medium for reaching a highly targeted audience.”  

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Posted by HotViews Editor at '00:00'

Monday 05 October 2015

*NEW RESEARCH* Unisys: Finding differentiators in the verticals

Unisys logoLast week we spent an informative couple of days at Unisys EMEA Analyst & Advisor Summit. As a mid-size ICT services company, Unisys has struggled over the last few years to communicate its strengths to the market. Even today, few people understand what Unisys stands for.

Yet, when President & CEO, Peter Altabef, joined the company in January this year, he quickly discovered some gems in Unisys’ portfolio of capabilities and offerings. Now, the company has recognised that it needs to compete based on its distinctiveness. In UKHotViewsExtra, Georgina O'Toole considers where Unisys' strengths lie, how it can differentiate in the market, and what it needs to do to change its brand perception.

TechMarketView's subsribers can read the analysis now in UKHotViewsExtra (Unisys: Finding differentiators in the verticals). If you are not yet a subscriber, please contact Deb Seth to find out how to rectify the situation.

Posted by Georgina O'Toole at '19:42' - Tagged: strategy   software   marketing   branding   it+services  

Friday 02 October 2015

'LBB7' applications close today - apply now!

LBB logoApplications for TechMarketView’s Magnificent Seventh Little British Battler event (LBB7) close today. To apply click here and complete a simple pre-qualification form.

Over 70 aspiring UK tech growth companies have already joined the ranks of the TechMarketView Little British Battler brigade and yours could be next. We’ll be holding the seventh TechMarketView Little British Battler day on Thursday 12th November 2015 in London.

Founders, CEOs and board executives from twelve SMEs will have their chance to share their aspirations and challenges, and get valuable opinion and advice on their business plans, in confidential sessions with TechMarketView research directors and senior partners of our sponsors, MXC Capital, the tech focused, AIM-quoted merchant bank.

Raise your company's profile & receive free expert advice

The 12 companies selected to participate in LBB7 will be featured in TechMarketView UKHotViews, the leading daily source of opinion and comment on the UK tech scene. UKHotViews reaches many thousands of senior executives and professionals in the tech industry, government and investment community, and has brought many exciting but unknown UK tech companies to the attention of the market. The companies will also be profiled in the next Little British Battler Report, available only to TechMarketView subscription service clients.

LBB7 is open to independent, privately held, UK-owned tech companies with annualised revenues under £20m. Publicly quoted companies, or subsidiaries of public or private companies (whether UK or international), are ineligible. There is no charge to apply or to participate.

Applying is easy!

lbb imageTo register your application for LBB7, please complete the simple web-based Pre-Qualification Form by clicking here.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 2nd October and we will notify the companies selected to participate by 23rd October. If you were unsuccessful last time and believe your company plays to the ‘digital journey’ theme, then please do apply again.

Feel free to contact our LBB coordinator Deb Seth for further information.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:15' - Tagged: lbb   event  

Friday 02 October 2015

NEW RESEARCH: Serco: smaller but more focused post Private Sector BPO sale

lAfter announcing the sale of the Private Sector BPO business to private equity firm Blackstone earlier this month (see here), Serco will have two divisions in the UK & Europe - Central Government (run by Kevin Craven) and Local Regional Government (LRG), run by Liz Benison.

We met with Liz Benison and her management team just after the announcement, to hear the new strategy, and see how things have progressed since our earlier analysis in March Serco's long road to recovery.

TechMarketView subscribers can read our views on whether the plans proposed have a realistic chance of success in our UKHotviewsExtra comment: Serco: smaller but more focused post Private Sector BPO sale.

Those readers who are not yet TechMarketView subscribers can find out how to subscribe by emailing Deborah Seth.

Posted by Michael Larner at '07:50' - Tagged: publicsector   bpo   bps  

Thursday 01 October 2015

The clock is ticking... LBB applications close tomorrow!

There are only two days left to get your application in for TechMarketView's 'Little British Battler' (LBB) programmeApplications close on Friday, so don't put it off until tomorrow - complete the simple Pre Qualification Form today by clicking here.

We're looking for 12 outstanding SMEs to join us in London on Thursday 12th November 2015 and become part of the Little British Battler Programme. Over 70 aspiring UK tech growth companies have already joined the ranks of the TechMarketView Little British Battler brigade and yours could be next. Here’s what the CEOs of just some of our LBBs have said about the programme:

LBB image“Obtaining the coveted LBB status has helped to promote our business to the extensive readership base of the TechMarketView.”

“Being an LBB applicant put us on the 'map' with several large firms who ordinarily would not have known about us. This has allowed us to form business partnerships that today are driving business for the company.”

“The ability to network with fellow LBBs and gain some genuine business advantage by working with them has been an unexpected benefit of our LBB success."

The seventh TechMarketView Little British Battler event will be held on Thursday 12th November at techUK, London. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to share their aspirations and challenges, and get valuable opinion and advice on their business plans, in confidential sessions with TechMarketView research directors and senior partners of MXC Capital, the tech focused, AIM quoted merchant bank that actively invests in and advises companies in the UK tech sector.

Candidate companies must be headquartered in the UK (i.e. not subsidiaries of foreign firms), privately held (though may have accepted external funding), with annual revenues under £20m. Companies must derive the substantial majority of their revenues from software, IT services or business process services.

To apply, just click here and fill in the Pre Qualification form. And don't forget, the deadline for registrations is tomorrow, Friday 2nd October.

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:11' - Tagged: lbb   event  

Thursday 01 October 2015

Camden and Islington agree to share ICT

Camden Islington logoBoth Islington and Camden Councils have agreed the plan to create a shared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service by April 2016 (see here).

The shared service has a good chance of succeeding because both councils have similar views regarding how digital technologies can enhance services and help local authorities cope with budget cuts. Furthermore the agreement confirms our view, highlighted in Local Government Shared Services: Where are we now? , that proposed shared services are more likely to be succeed when the participants have previously worked together.

TechMarketView subscribers can read our thoughts on the plan in UKHotViewsExtra: 'Camden and Islington coming together'. Those readers who are not yet TechMarketView subscribers can find out how to subscribe by emailing Deborah Seth.

Posted by Michael Larner at '08:36' - Tagged: localgovernment   shared+services