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Wednesday 14 April 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* Consulting Supplier Prospects 2021

A strong start to 2020 in the UK SITS Consulting market was stopped in its tracks by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns. The resulting business and economic impacts took a disproportionately heavy toll on this line of business. The early phase/non-operational nature of most consulting engagements left them comparatively easy to cancel or pause. Furthermore, their higher reliance on personal interactions made them more challenging to initiate on a remote working basis. The shorter-term nature of their contractual commitments also meant that the stall in client decision making that accompanied Lockdown 1 resulted in a fast growing, often expensive bench.Front cover

When we published our annual Market Trends and Forecasts report in June 2020, we estimated that sales of Consulting services would fall by between 3.5% and 9.4% in 2020. We revisited this analysis towards the end of last year (see here) and concluded that the decline would be at the less severe end of this range. We also now expect that this market will recover quickly through the next twelve months and beyond as, post-COVID, clients across all sectors embark on fundamental reformulations of their strategies and operating models.

This is the market context for our Consulting Supplier Prospects 2021 and beyond report which is now available to download (click here). Subscribers to TechSectorViews can read the full analysis of the challenges facing the players in this market over the coming year, what they need to do to be successful and the ways to win in the longer term. The document also includes profiles of the Top Ten leading players (by revenue) in the UK SITS Consulting market.

If you are not currently a TechSectorViews subscriber and would like to gain access the report, please contact Deb Seth.

Posted by Duncan Aitchison at '07:56' - Tagged: consulting   suppliers   newresearch  

Thursday 08 April 2021

Georgina's charity trek for LimbPower

LimbPower logoOver the last weekend in June, our Chief Analyst, Georgina O’Toole, has committed to a 45km trek along Hadrian’s Wall. She’s doing it in order to raise money for LimbPower, a charity that has supported her youngest son, Thomas, since his amputation in June 2019.

Thomas_jumping_summer 2020LimbPower was launched in 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sports, and the arts to improve quality of life, aid lifelong rehabilitation, and reach their potential. Three months after Thomas’ amputation he joined the charity for an outdoor activity weekend in Hereford – it was the perfect environment, surrounded by other children with similar stories, to rebuild his confidence. He participated in climbing, paddle-boarding, canoeing, and exercise sessions. Over the months that have followed, he has continued to attend numerous events (both physically and virtually) and made lots of friends.

Thomas_Climbng with LimbPower_Sep 2019

Through their involvement with the charity, Georgina and her family have witnessed the support provided by LimbPower to children and adults with limb loss and impairment. By participating in this charity event, she would like to give back to LimbPower, after a difficult year for fundraising, so that they can continue to provide this invaluable support.

Georgina would really appreciate your sponsorship – no matter how big or small – as she must raise a minimum of £990 by the first week in May. She has joked that, for those who know her (and her love of home comforts well), you might be more inclined to sponsor her for spending the weekend in a youth hostel… If you’d like to support this small charity, and help get Georgina through this ordeal (!), you can find her JustGiving page here: Georgina O'Toole is fundraising for LimbPower.

(Photo credit (jumping): @brianophotography)

Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:17' - Tagged: fundraising   charity  

Wednesday 07 April 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* Continued recovery in UK SITS deals

chartMerger and acquisition activity grew again in Q4 2020 in the UK software and IT services (SITS) sector, according to data from technology investment bank Silverpeak. This followed the strong bounce-back recorded in Q3 and suggests the market recovery continues after the initial shock of the pandemic impacted heavily on Q2 numbers.

Q4 saw an increase in both buy-side and sell-side deals, with 102 buyers and 111 sellers. 2020 as a whole saw only slightly fewer transactions than 2019, despite Covid, with 302 buyers and 320 sellers, compared to 331 and 388 respectively in 2019.

TechMarketView Foundation Service and UKHotViews Premium subscribers can read more by downloading the Q4 2020 edition of IndustryViews Corporate Activity.

Posted by Tania Wilson at '08:00' - Tagged: acquisition   M&A  

Thursday 01 April 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* Introducing the Police Digital Service

PDS logoToday (01 April 2021), marks the launch of the Police Digital Service (PDS), the new identity for the Police ICT Company. This represents far more than a name change; the organisation will have a broader remit and the resources to drive significant changes in policing.

The Police ICT Company was established in 2015 with the aim of supporting law enforcement agencies in England and Wales to make the best use of technology to deliver efficient and effective policing. It was intended to create a bridge between the policing, technological and commercial worlds, as well as helping cut the cost of police ICT, reduce duplication, and improve collaboration.

UKHotViews PremiumAlthough the Company has made progress in recent years and achieved some of those aims, including establishing several commercial agreements and frameworks, there has always been a feeling amongst suppliers (and the organisation itself) that it could be doing more. The formation of the PDS should provide the organisation with the platform it needs to achieve its potential.

You can find out more about the leadership, vision and strategy of the Police Digital Service and what it might mean for technology suppliers with ambitions in policing here

Posted by Dale Peters at '09:23' - Tagged: strategy   police   opportunity   bluelight   law+enforcement