Technology Group Moves to Employee Ownership

Data Analytics and Software Development specialist Bluesmith Technology Group has joined the ranks of a growing number of Employee Owned businesses in the region.

The founders marked Bluesmith's ten year anniversary by moving a majority 75% shareholding into an employee ownership trust (EOT), with all staff automatically benefitting from the future success of the business.

The move has been welcomed by blue chip customers including Yorkshire Water, Co-op and Oliver Wyman.

The EOT model of ownership is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional trade sale or merger, and provides tax-free bonuses for staff as well as tax breaks for the vendors.

Neil Warnock, founder director, believes the benefits of employee ownership are more fundamental than financial: "This is evolution not revolution. We have operated Bluesmith on employee-led principles since inception, and this is the logical next step. Sharing rewards and motivating our people in this way provides a solid platform for Bluesmith's next phase of sustainable growth."

Bluesmith's founders will continue to support the business and its customers. Directors and senior management will not change, and the founders are retaining a sizeable minority shareholding. A key objective of this move is to maintain the company culture and ensure its ongoing independence.

Warnock added: "This is not the creation of a socialist utopia, a talking shop, nor management by committee. Strong management and direction is still essential, and our customer-focussed strategy will continue to be shaped and executed by our people. The fact that we are all now shareholders aligns everybody's interests even further, and means customers are always dealing with an owner."

Deb Oxley, chief executive of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), added: "We congratulate Bluesmith on this natural progression to employee ownership – cementing its Customer Principles and People Principles for the longer term. Employee-led businesses are proven to be more flexible, their employees united with a common purpose and shared responsibility, making them more resilient and adaptable to meet the challenges ahead."

About Us

Too many IT suppliers get away with over-promising and under-delivering. Behind them lies a costly trail of destruction and frustrated IT departments picking up the pieces.

We think that's wrong.

It's why everything we do at Bluesmith is about making things right and delighting customers. We think clients like you appreciate no-nonsense professionalism and no nasty surprises, so we solve IT issues using a clear methodology, and highly-cohesive teams who are a pleasure to work with.

We've nurtured a special kind of culture at Bluesmith, one that turns capable individuals into close-knit collaborators. Like clients, our people stick around because they know we're devoted to their welfare and investing in their potential.

Just ask Oliver Wyman and The Co-op.

They tell us our teams are the kind of can-do colleagues you need first thing on a Monday morning - upskilling your in-house team, and tackling problems with the creativity and graft you deserve.

What We Do

Simply put, your success leads to our success. In that order.

Our specialities are agile data warehouse design and build, and bespoke high-volume, high-performance transactional systems - especially in retail. We often build new systems from scratch, but our passion is for rejuvenating complex and disparate legacy systems, and unlocking the value in corporate databases.

Speed-To-Value Business Intelligence

We help you become a true data led, intelligent organisation.

We do data. It's our core competency. Our largest data engineering challenge to date was to create, populate and manage a data warehouse for a global airline with 300 billion records in it, and hundreds of millions of amendments arriving daily from over 450 data sources. Not all requirements are this challenging but it illustrates our capabilities.

We deliver speed-to-value AND a pathway to strategic centralised data and Master Data Management without a major rewrite or redesign. We have delivered BI value to more than 30 blue chip and Government organisations in this way, including Virgin Media, The Co-operative Group, University of Hull, Moss Bros, Oliver Wyman and Direct Line Group.

Stress Free Application Design

We help you build new business applications without fuss and worry.

Bluesmith has always excelled in what is now known as Agile DevOps, and the support, enhancement, and cloud conversion of legacy IT systems in complex 'brown-field sites' and mixed technology environments.

We are .NET and SQL Server experts, but also experienced in many other technologies such as Teradata, NoSQL, Node, Python, HTML/CSS etc. We also have experience of integrating with dozens of technologies and bespoke systems and proprietary software products.

Our Team

We're the right people for the job

You won't find ranks or ego here at Bluesmith - just dedicated engineers with a common philosophy. Mutual respect is fundamental, and high-value, easily-maintained, extensible IT systems are the result.

Clients say we're an open book. At Bluesmith one person's problem is the team's so we always speak up. We stand for straight-talking relationships where quality is right at the heart of everything we do - not just the software.

We look after our people so they look after you

We invest in the most talented software and data engineers in the industry; not a slick IT sales facade. Our only focus is people, process and results. Because of this we haven't just survived, we thrive amongst rivals many times our size.

Despite our humble beginnings, we've delivered ambitious projects for dozens of renowned brands like Morrisons and Direct Line Group, on-time and to budget - without that trail of destruction.

All because of our unique team-centred philosophy.

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We have decades of experience with high volume, high performance bespoke commercial applications, both transactional and for data analytics.

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We are experts in .NET and SQL Server, and we have in-depth experience of other databases and technologies, essential in a world where single-vendor software estates are rare.

Data is a core competency, at the heart of everything we do. We do real commercial 'Big Data', extracted and processed in near real-time from seemingly impenetrable operational silo systems. It's hairy stuff, but working at these extremes means that we are pretty good at building and tuning high concurrency, high performance systems.

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