Managed services provider Claranet has entered The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 for the first time. Published on Sunday (12 July 2015), the league table ranks the top 200 privately-owned companies in Britain according to growth in international sales over the last two years. One of only a handful of IT-focused companies and the only managed services provider on the list, Claranet secured the rank of 118 on the list, having grown its international presence by 29 per cent between June 2012 and June 2014.
Established in the UK in 1996, Claranet has evolved into a full-service managed services provider with a presence in six European countries. Having maintained its financial independence since it was founded, the company has been free to pursue international expansion opportunities and been able to remain agile in the face of changing market opportunities.
“The IT services industry is undergoing a rapid shift as businesses globally look to move their on-premises IT to cloud-based environments in a bid to increase productivity and drive competitive advantage. Claranet is uniquely positioned to seize this market opportunity both in the UK and in Europe, and in a rapidly changing technology sector our combination of a strong local presence and international reach is helping us to lead the charge on international markets.
“Claranet has developed a strong European strategy – giving extensive local autonomy in each country of operation that make us flexible to customer needs – while having a strong platform for innovation and service development at the group level. This provides us with better innovation, economies of scale and speed to market.
“Mid-market companies can tend to take a conservative attitude towards risk, with a low appetite for international expansion, but as markets consolidate, this unlocks significant opportunities for us and our customers.”