In a recent meeting with Computacenter, its managing director Simon Walsh was calling for the UK government to award more contracts to UK businesses.
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Well at least give them a chance.
Computacenter is a decent sized IT supplier, but its share of the public sector is Wafer Thin.
There are calls for more use of offshore suppliers by the government and this makes sense, but what about UK suppliers?
The reason I write this post today is because I have just seen a press release abut the French government renewing a big contract with a consortium of Steria and Capgemini.
I always think governments on the continent do a bit more to protect their own. This, for example, can be done through tough employment laws to protect individual IT professionals from their jobs being offshored, or giving French companies a good chance in winning contracts. It could be argued that there is too much protectionism.
We don’t want another Common Agriculture Policy, with the French IT industry blockading internet pipes (not quite as dramatic as French farmers on the rampage at ports).
Capgemini and Steria win a lot of business in the UK government. But are they better than UK players like Computacenter?