Civica acquires Web Technology Group to strengthen public sector presence

The purchase of WTG, which has worked with a number of central government bodies in the UK, is designed to build up expertise in agile working Civica has announced the acquisition of London-based software consultancy company Web Technology Group (WTG) in an attempt to expand its expertise around digital transformation within the UK public sector - particularly at a central government level. In a deal undertaken by subsidiary Civica UK, WTG was acquired based on its work around developing and managing secure web applications and services for a number of central government bodies and wider public sector organisations. These groups include the Home Office, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Department of Health, the Government Digital Service (GDS), the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency (NCA). "The company is helping to progress the government's digital strategy, including adoption of agile processes, it has an established position on G-Cloud and Digital Services Frameworks and this month secured the largest contract award under the latter in a £9m agreement from the Home Office," Civica said in a statement. Costs of the agreement have not been disclosed, with WTG expected to initially operate under its existing name as part of the Civica Group. "The business will be fully integrated in due course including the single Civica identity," said a spokesperson for the company. Simon Downing, Civica's chief executive added, "I am delighted to welcome WTG to the group. As the public sector looks to modernise services and make savings through digital transformation, the acquisition brings complementary expertise, extending the group's capability, particularly in central government as we continue to help organisations across the public sector create more immediate, agile and connected ways of working." WTG chief executive James Steventon said that the backing of Civica would allow the group, which has been supplying digital services to the government since 2002, to expand its offerings. WTG also provides managed services focused around ensuring effective use of cloud applications. Earlier this month, Hull City Council confirmed that it had awarded Civica a seven year contract to oversee its revenues and benefits services. The agreement, which is valued at £40m and expected to drive £5m in savings, will see the council outsourcing management of housing benefit, council tax, business rates and debt collection for the first time.