Consulting firm Dufrain seeking 50 new BI consultants

11 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

To meet the fast growing demand for its services Dufrain Consulting, a specialist in the field of business intelligence, has launched a large recruitment campaign. In the coming months the advisory firm is seeking to add more than 50 new consultants to its payroll as it opens offices in Manchester and Dublin in the near future.

Dufrain Consulting was founded by Michael Gilmartin and Stephen Henry in 2009. Prior to founding the firm Gilmartin served a range of business from small Scottish companies to large US corporations, working in a variety of sectors from Finance and Energy to Hospitality and Technology. Co-founder Henry most recently worked as a Senior Consultant at the Scottish company Business & Decision, as well as a Solutions Architect at dunnhumby. Since its inception five year ago, the firm has under the leadership of Gilmartin and Henry* grown to a team of 85 consultants based in Edinburgh and London. Dufrain Consulting has a strong focus on data automation, information management and risk management, the consultancy working with a wide range of BI platforms to provide its services.

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In the early years, the firm has predominantly been helping large banks manage their troves of data, through a process of merging that data into a single port of call. The firm has enjoyed strong growth since, even if it faced “challenging moments” in its formative period, benefitting from the recent spate of regulatory requirements placed on banks from the UK Government as well as wider European banking frameworks. The requirements have forced financial institutions to better process data from multiple sources such as credit card, savings and loan histories, for which the firm offers tailored solutions.

In recent years, Dufrain Consulting diversified its industry focus, and at the moment around one third of the firm’s clients come from outside the financial sector – a market valued at nearly $100 billion globally. “Regulatory requirements are increasing across all industries, and even smaller organisations need to ensure the information they are providing is complete and accurate,” says Gilmartin. “We have been adding clients from the pharmaceutical sector, oil and gas, and universities as well. All of these organisations have loads of information, but are not able to use it effectively.”

In May this year, Dufrain Consulting’s revenue hit £4.2 million, and looking ahead the co-founders have set ambitious goals. Thrusted by high demand for tech consulting and in particular business intelligence, with data analystics, regulatory and compliance the main drivers, Gilmartin and Henry expect to see firm growth in the coming 12 months of up to 80% to around £8 million, as the company continues to add clients and expand its base.

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The growth is accompanied by the opening of new sites around the UK, with an office in Manchester to open soon to house the eight new employees already hired as well as twenty more expected over the coming year. The firm is too planning to expand its operations further afield in the UK, with its first Europe wide expansion planned for Dublin to follow. In total the firm expects to hire 50 new staff over the six months for placements in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester and Dublin.

So far, the expansion of the firm has been organic, however, acquisitions are not off the table in the company’s bid to grow. “It is all about growth. We started as two people with an idea and have quickly expanded into a profitable business from there,” concludes Gilmartin.

* The management team of Dufrain Consulting currently consists of Michael Gilmartin, Stephen Henry, Steven Miller, Paul Oprea and Nicholas McFadden.

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”