The Panoply merges firms to form digital consultancy Foundry4

06 October 2020 Consultancy.uk

The Panoply has merged four of its subsidiaries – Arthurly, DisruptionHub, Human Plus and NotBinary – to form Foundry4. With staff in the UK and a specialist facility in Bulgaria, the 140-strong technology consultancy will specialise in providing software, data and automation services to its UK clients.

Established in 2016, The Panoply is a creative technology group, configured as a lean, fluid family of complementary tech-focused companies. The group has rapidly built up its capacities with a number of bolt-on deals in recent months, including mid-sized business change consultancy Ameo in March 2020.

Now, as The Panoply looks to consolidate its offering into a cohesive, holistic service for clients, it has announced the merger of four of its previously acquired companies. Arthurly, DisruptionHub, Human Plus and NotBinary will hence be unified under the new banner of Foundry4 – a technology consultancy founded specifically to address the challenges arising as a result of Covid-19.

The Panoply merges firms to form digital consultancy Foundry4

Responding to the huge demand for digitally enabled remote working during the pandemic, the combined technical specialist firms will offer a complete service to public and private sector institutions, as they look to improve their home-working capabilities and their ability to deliver innovative digital services to users. Foundry will particularly focus on delivering software, data and automation – the shortcomings of which were highlighted by the inefficiencies exposed in businesses and the Government during the pandemic.

James Herbert, CEO of Foundry4, commented, “The economic and societal disruption caused by Brexit and the pandemic has highlighted the consequences of decades of under-investment in technology. Governments and many large companies are now racing to modernise their systems, up-skill their staff and make the most of innovative, value-creating digital services.”

Led by a team of leading technology strategists, entrepreneurs, and former advisors to Government, Foundry4 has 140 staff based in the UK, and further specialist teams in an EU-based facility in Bulgaria. Launch clients include the NHS, HM Land Registry, Ofgem, The Food Standards Agency, British Red Cross, and several blue chip companies. Key technology partnerships of Foundry4 include those with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, while the company plans to expand rapidly via organic growth and acquisition – consistent with The Panoply’s expansion strategy.

Herbert concluded, “There is an opportunity for the UK to have a once-in-a-century reset, and drive a recovery that puts digital transformation first. Foundry4 has been launched to help organisations compete on the world stage, and support the country’s economic repair.”


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