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Capita IT Services raises the axe AGAIN

Closes OPENHIVE's last office, puts staff at risk of redundo

Crapita Capita IT Services is to shutter the last surviving office for hosting unit OPENHIVE, and has given the resident staffers notice of redundancy.

The integrator acquired the firm, formerly branded Synetrix, at the end of 2009, and took on 193 employees based at premises in the Midlands and the South East of England.

Winston Poyton, hosting director at OPENHIVE, claimed it was reacting to “changes in the marketplace and the increasing availability of alternative online portal and email solutions”.

He said in a statement the firm is “being restructured to ensure it can continue to provide the support and services customers want”.

Under the plan, the Telford offices “will close” and the jobs of 16 to 29 staff have “unfortunately been identified as at risk”.

As is usual in these circumstances, Capita told us it is trying to redeploy the workers within the wider business in an “effort to avoid redundancies”.

As well as hosted applications, the company once known as Synetrix designed and deployed converged networks, managed security and a software platform. Customers included the London Grid for Learning and all 33 London authorities.

The IT Services subsidiary at Capita turned over £235.4m in the six months ended 30 June, up from £229.3m in the prior year, and operating profit was £15.3m, up from £10m. ®

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