3 March, 2009
Leading US IT integrator sets up European HQ in Manchester and quickly establishes local partnerships for long term growth.
Infogain, a US-based systems integration and business intelligence provider, has announced important developments in its UK expansion programme with working partnerships agreed with Salford-based business growth specialists eSAY Mobile IT training experts.
Having established its new European HQ in Manchester at the end of 2008, the location strategy is already paying great dividends with solid relationships cemented with these two important local IT businesses and valuable support secured from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency.
"We chose Manchester as our European HQ for its robust economy, vibrant business community and international accessibility," explains Manchester-born Mark Collin, Infogain’s newly appointed VP for Europe.
"The region has a mature professional services market which is ripe for business intelligence solutions. Businesses are also looking for cost control options and we are well placed to help them.
"Our aim for Infogain is to grow the business, expand our management team and be in position to locally source industry consultants, development managers and project personnel. Whilst we’re under no illusions about the current economic climate, our core business of outsourced IT services is resilient and our markets, particularly in transport, fertile ground for our business proposition."
Quick to harness local, complementary expertise, Infogain has teamed up with eSAY Mobile, an award winning company, which provides mobility and productivity solutions for regionally based national organisations such as Barclaycard and United Utilities.
Director of eSAY, Colin Yates explains: "Infogain is a great fit for eSAY; it brings a scope and maturity in project delivery that helps us to tackle bigger and more complex contracts whilst adding a valuable string to our bow in helping existing clients to be more productive – a critical edge in difficult times."
The relationship with QA is similarly commensurate. As the UK’s leading provider of authorised training courses and learning services, with offices in the region, QA is ideally placed to collaborate on technology consulting and training to offer Infogain clients the skill-sets to maximize their IT investment.
Early signs of growth are evident with the launch of a dedicated transport practice in January, offering customer management and business intelligence solutions to major transport industry players in the UK and internationally. The company expects to announce completion of its first successful deployment of a mobile retail platform in rail before the end of Q1.
Infogain is working closely with NWDA and MIDAS to reach out to local businesses to offer cost effective solutions to help sustainable growth in the region and identify other partnerships to build a network of complementary resources for business.
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of MIDAS, said: "We have long maintained good relations with the US; encouraging investment into Greater Manchester. Infogain brings a robust business model to the region with significant backing and a proven track record and we’re confident it has a bright future in Manchester. We will be supporting them through the early phases of their new investment here; connecting them with professional communities, forums, partners and customers."
Headed up by VP UK and Europe, Mark Collin, the management team is based at Peter House in Manchester’s Oxford Street, and currently comprises Operations and Services Director, Joe Lubczynskyj, Director, Jim Pickup and transport consultants David Hall and Steve Jasper, with further room for organic growth. The UK office forms part of a broader international expansion into Europe and the Middle East by the US company which has over 1,000 staff worldwide and global development centres in India.