Capita IT Services acquires Technophobia Ltd

Friday 15 April 2011

Capita IT Services acquires Technophobia Ltd

IT Services acquires web applications developer.

Capita’s IT services division today announces the acquisition of Sheffield-based Technophobia Limited, a developer of next generation web applications, for £6.3 million.

Technophobia’s expertise in delivering business critical web solutions for clients such as Co-Operative Bank, Pizza Express and the Technology Strategy Board has positioned the company as a market leader in the development of social web platforms and user-centric web solutions. Its customer base comprises both public sector clients and private sector clients.

Technophobia’s turnover increased by 81% in two years and it came 69th in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list of Britain’s fastest growing privately owned technology companies. The company also featured in the top 50 list of fastest growing digital media companies in Europe.

The acquisition adds valuable expertise to Capita’s existing capabilities, which will drive greater efficiencies across Capita Group, and also enhance its web based information management solutions such as websites, intranets and extranets for public and private sector customers. Emma Marshall will remain as managing director and will report into Paul Dawson, business director, systems integration, Capita. The business will be part of the IT Services division, but will remain a stand alone entity with a distinct identity.

“Technophobia has bucked the trend by growing significantly despite the challenging market conditions, so it’s an exciting acquisition for us”, said Paul Dawson, business director, systems integration, Capita. “Competition is tougher  than ever for the private sector and having a website that is easy to navigate, intuitive and integrates neatly with other channels  of communication – be that that internal or external - is essential. For the public sector, the trend is to move services online, enable self service and engage citizens in new ways.  They want to have the ability to book and pay for waste collection, or change their address details at the click of a button. Together, we are in a great position to support our customers and help them to future-proof for the next wave of demands.”

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