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Public Sector Tech Power Players: The Top 10 Players in Software Apps, Development & Support

In the fast-evolving landscape of ‘Software Applications, Development & Support’, a handful of industry stalwarts are setting the pace. But who’s propelling this surge, and which parts of the public sector are embracing increasing digitisation most avidly?

In this deep-dive, we dissect the top players in this space, explore their key customers, and reveal the parts of the public sector that are driving their success.

 

The Top 10 Software Applications, Development & Support Suppliers

The Top 4 suppliers (Phoenix Software Ltd, Access UK Ltd, Bytes Software Services Ltd, and Softcat Limited) account for over £1bn of the spend in the category, with Phoenix Software leading the pack, posting £317m in public sector earnings between April 2022 and March 2023.

 

 

 

Which areas of the public sector are most active in the Software Applications, Development & Support category?

The biggest spending group in the Software Applications, Development & Support category is Central Government. This is followed by the NHS, with Acute Trusts constituting the biggest group here. Local Government is next, followed by the Emergency Services.

 

Supplier Deep-Dive

Now let’s take a look at the Top 10 suppliers in the Software Applications, Development & Support category as things stand for the period April 2022 to March 2023.

 

1. Phoenix Software Ltd

Phoenix Software Limited is a technology company within the Bytes Technology Group, with a turnover of £513.1m and EBITDA growth of 31.0% over the past 3 years. With a very low credit risk and a history dating back to 1990, the company has a workforce of 348 employees.

Top Five Public Sector Buyers 

(Apr 22 – Mar 23)
Rank Organisation Group Type Region  £ Spend  % £  Spend
1 Home Office Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £50,768,314 16.0%
2 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £29,013,163 9.1%
3 National Highways Central Government Executive Agency Greater London £12,322,188 3.9%
4 North West Anglia NHSFT NHS Acute Trust East of England £12,225,163 3.9%
5 Essex Police Emergency Service Police Service East of England £8,961,597 2.8%

 

2. Access UK Ltd

Access UK Ltd is a well-established technology company demonstrating a robust 3-year compounded annual growth rate of 40.52% in turnover, resulting in a turnover of £434.4m. As part of Aldrin Topco Limited, the company has positioned itself as a prominent player within the sector.

Top Five Public Sector Buyers 

(Apr 22 – Mar 23)
Rank Organisation Group Type Region  £ Spend  % £  Spend
1 NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board NHS Integrated Care Board West Midlands £36,773,878 12.9%
2 NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board NHS Integrated Care Board North West England £32,588,290 11.4%
3 Haringey London Borough Council Local Government London Borough Greater London £25,442,994 8.9%
4 NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board NHS Integrated Care Board North West England £23,243,313 8.1%
5 West Northamptonshire Council Local Government Unitary Councils East Midlands £22,342,105 7.8%

 

3. Bytes Software Services Ltd

With an impressive 3-year compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.88% in turnover, Bytes Software Services Limited’s overall turnover of £905.7m underscores its significant presence in the sector. Established on 25 Feb 1982, it is part of the Bytes Technology Group Plc and maintains a substantial workforce of 508 employees.

Top Five Public Sector Buyers 

(Apr 22 – Mar 23)
Rank Organisation Group Type Region £ Spend  % £  Spend
1 Department of Health and Social Care Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £53,620,109 20.7%
2 Department for Education Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £26,191,568 10.1%
3 High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd Central Government Executive Agency Greater London £10,511,670 4.1%
4 Norfolk County Council Local Government Shire County East of England £7,394,444 2.9%
5 Leeds City Council Local Government Metropolitan Yorkshire and Humber £6,683,409 2.6%

 

4. Softcat Limited

Softcat PLC is a leading active technology company with a very low credit risk profile. Boasting an impressive turnover of £1.1bn and a 3-year compounded annual growth rate of 2.81%, its substantial EBITDA growth of 17.80% underscores its strong performance in the sector.

Top Five Public Sector Buyers 

(Apr 22 – Mar 23)
Rank Organisation Group Type Region £ Spend % £  Spend
1 Department for Work and Pensions Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £57,704,869 22.5%
2 HM Revenue and Customs (excluding agencies) Central Government Non-ministerial Department Greater London £52,662,165 20.5%
3 Welsh Government Central Government Ministerial Department Wales £17,695,172 6.9%
4 Scottish Government Central Government Ministerial Department Scotland £9,536,291 3.7%
5 Student Loan Company Central Government Executive Agency Greater London £5,651,026 2.2%

 

5. Oracle Corporation (software)

Oracle Corporation UK Limited is a substantial technology company. With a notable 3-year compounded annual growth rate of 4.45% in turnover, the company’s overall turnover of £1.8bn underscores its significant presence in the software sector. Oracle Corporation UK Limited serves as a subsidiary of the ultimate parent company Oracle Corporation in the US.

Top Five Public Sector Buyers 

(Apr 22 – Mar 23)
Rank Organisation Group Type Region £ Spend % £  Spend
1 Department for Work and Pensions Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £24,948,268 17.1%
2 Network Rail Central Government Executive Agency Greater London £17,510,566 12.0%
3 Norfolk County Council Local Government Shire County East of England £14,776,099 10.1%
4 Home Office Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £13,983,475 9.6%
5 Ministry of Defence Central Government Ministerial Department Greater London £12,308,501 8.5%

 

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