Opportunity to learn and connect
It’s worth emphasising just how staggering our rate of growth has been – and will continue to be so. In terms of revenue, we grew by 50% in 2020, 60% in 2021 and are forecasting more than 150% of growth by the end of 2022 – against a background of a global pandemic and a likely recession.
To cope with such massive growth in business, we’ve had to grow our team and these numbers are just as impressive. We directly employ more than 300 people and by the end of this year we’ll have added a further 100. That is phenomenal growth and it is being recognised regionally and nationally.
From being a small, independent North East tech start-up 10 years ago, we are now a company of national significance working on major technology projects that impact at UK level. We are stepping up from being an upstart new entrant to a serious player in the tech consultancy market – and there are good reasons why this has happened.
One of those is our people-focused approach – both in terms of the way we work with our clients to the way we look after our own people. We may be scaling, but our growth will never be at the expense of our people.
While completing the AMP I’m sure there will be amazing networking opportunities. There are around 200 people on the course from across the world, with business leaders from different sectors.
What a tremendous opportunity to learn something new and make meaningful, useful connections, which could lead to greater understanding and/or new business.
While I’m away my role is being split between the senior leadership team, which means I can concentrate on immersing myself on the AMP and getting the most out of the course. The quality of the senior team at Opencast left me in no doubt that they would be more than capable of leading in my absence.
I look forward to returning to Opencast after five weeks in Boston with fresh perspectives, new insights and prospective business from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.