Capita’s IT services division acquires Sheffield based Technophobia Limited

Capita’s IT services unit Friday announced 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.

Paul Dawson, business director, systems integration, Capita, said Technophobia has bucked the trend by growing significantly despite the challenging market conditions, thus making it an exciting acquisition for Capita. Dawson noted that 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.

Dawson further reiterated that for the public sector, the trend is to move services online, enable self service and engage citizens in new ways.  According to Dawson, the public want to have the ability to book and pay for waste collection, or change their address details at the click of a button.

Together, the combined firm will be in a great position to support their customers and help them to future-proof for the next wave of demands.

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 standalone entity with a distinct identity.

Capita IT Services is a leading outsourcing, managed service and network infrastructure solution provider for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors. Capita IT Services design, implement, support and operate IT infrastructures, networks, applications and processes.

Capita IT Services works alongside Capita’s healthcare businesses to develop and provide solutions for healthcare providers.

17th April 2011