The North East of England has long been a hotbed of innovation. In 1825, the Stockton and Darlington railway – the world’s first railway to use steam locomotives – was officially opened and was pivotal in precipitating the second industrial revolution. In 1879 Sunderland-born Joseph Swan had a light-bulb moment when he publicly demonstrated his incandescent carbon lamp and his house in Gateshead was the first in the world to have working light bulbs installed.
Fast forward to today and the North East of England still remains at the forefront of innovation with a strong reputation in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences, energy and digital. In 2020, the North East regional capital, Newcastle, was ranked above Hong Kong, San Francisco and Dublin in the Smart City Index, which measures the technological provisions of cities in terms of health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance. Code not coal fuels the region’s IT and digital sector estimated to be worth an estimated £2bn to the North East economy.
Whilst the area has its share of big names including the likes of FTSE-100 financial software company Sage and Motor Manufacturing giant Nissan, the vast majority of the circa 67,000 businesses located in the North East are SMEs and Mid-Tier organisations.
With the fastest growing IT and Digital sector in the UK, second only to London in size, the North East of England has firmly established itself as a centre of excellence for digital innovation, however the challenge for SME and Mid-Tier businesses in the region is how they exploit and embrace the potential opportunities of digital transformation relevant to their own sectors.
As a small business ourselves, we at Peru Consulting fully understand the challenges that SMEs and Mid-Tier businesses face when it comes to defining, investing in, and delivery digital technology. We’ve helped many businesses shape their IT strategy, buy better technology services and deliver on their investment in digital. We have a passion for helping companies achieve their business goals through the adoption of digital technology and our advisors can help businesses improve productivity and strengthen their business strategies to achieve their overall goals.
Recognising the challenges faced by SME’s and Mid-Tier businesses in the region setting out on their digital business transformation journey, we at Peru Consulting have developed an “IT Advisory as a Service” approach tailored specifically to the needs of your business and providing maximum flexibility to engage our services when you need them, aligned to your business priorities, objectives and resources.
When you engage our “IT Advisory as a Service” subscription service, we’ll work with you to undertake an initial Health check to understand your business goals and identify the right package of IT advisory support focused on your specific needs and drawn from our extensive experience of the digital technology marketplace.
You’ll then have the flexibility to draw down that advisory support when it suits your business, and you’ll have access to an advisor “on demand” with regular service reviews to ensure your technology strategy remains on track. As a consultancy already working with North East based businesses, such as Gateshead’s Aspire Technology Solutions, we look forward to helping many more North East businesses have their “Lightbulb moment”.
If you are Interested in understanding how our “IT Advisory as a Service” can help your company and you would like to find out more about how our subscription service can help light up your business, please book a meeting to talk through how we can help you. You can also find out more about our IT Advisory as a Service subscription service here: www.peruconsulting.co.uk/services/it-advisory-as-a-service/