New IT consultancy offers cost-saving options to N. Sea supply-chain SMEs

Jaye Deighton (left) and Sarah Forbes of Core29.

Jaye Deighton (left) and Sarah Forbes of Core29.

While major N. Sea oil and gas companies face the challenge of reducing costs and increasing efficiency to cope with $50-barrel Brent crude, a new IT consultancy is offering packages solutions aimed helping energy sector SMEs rise to the same challenge.

Business improvement consultancy Core 29, is on track to increase turnover by 50% to £500,000 in the current financial year after landing contracts with Ashtead Technology, Peterson, PD&MS and Qinterra Technologies

.The consultancy helps organisations to boost profit margins by improving operational efficiency through better use of IT systems. Set up in 2012 by Sarah Forbes, Core 29 evaluates existing processes and systems and recommends improvements which will make organisations much more profitable.

Jaye Deighton, senior project manager at Core 29 said: “IT systems and process management are treated like some kind of dark art.

“For SMEs, the big-name systems providers offer packages which are often too complex and expensive for what they need to do – when what they already have could simply be re-evaluated and tweaked to work better for them.

“Rather than asking them to completely rebuild their systems at huge expense, it’s key that we collaborate with our clients to develop new processes, train the team and then hand over to them knowing the efficiency improvements we’ve achieved will improve profitability, and facilitate growth where they may have previously found they had ground to a halt keeping their existing services running.”

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