This Spring, Crimson is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Crimson was originally established under the name of Software Academy Limited in late 2000 but became Crimson Limited in early 2001. While the company began in Rob Mallaband’s garage (Crimson’s co-founder and Managing Director), Crimson relocated to its current office at Birmingham Business Park in 2015.
Crimson was acquired by Harvey Nash Group PLC, which allowed Crimson to maintain its identity but with the support from a globally renowned company. Some of Crimson’s key milestones include becoming a Microsoft Gold Partner in 2005, as well as reaching the milestone of 100 employees and achieving multiple apprenticeship awards in 2020. Other significant events include Crimson’s partnership with BT and the recent data proposition, which have both shaped Crimson into the company it is today, unlocking even more opportunities for growth.
Employee satisfaction and corporate social responsibility have been at Crimson’s heart since the beginning, with the first Crimson Ball organised in 2003 and the Crimson Foundation’s ‘Breakthrough’ program taken into a number of schools. During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Crimson launched Crimson Shield and a desk booking app to enable customers to continue to work effectively during social distancing restrictions.
Arguably, one of Crimson’s biggest achievements is its award-winning apprenticeship scheme, Crimson Academy. The scheme was formally launched in 2019 and has since won regional and national awards. The Academy currently makes up approximately 20 percent of the company, with another cohort set to join the scheme later this year.
The company has focused on new sectors in both IT recruitment and technology solutions, as part of its three-year strategic plan. Crimson have developed specialist relationships within higher education, housing associations, local government, and homebuilder, working with key customers such as Taylor Whimpey, University of Salford and Platform Housing Group.
Over the past two decades, Crimson has gone onto develop both its product offering as well as its succession plan. To celebrate the successes of the company, and the milestone 20th Anniversary, Crimson employees have been given an additional day off, as well as a gift hamper.
The launch of diversity initiatives and the appointment of a new Head of Change & People Development ensure a strong future for Crimson. Crimson’s recruitment team continue to supply permanent and contract IT talent, a CIO practice will go on to launch later this year.