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In The Spotlight - Grayce

At Manchester Digital we like to interview our members to find out a bit more about what they do and their work in the Greater Manchester digital and technology sphere. This week we're speaking with Sam Vickerman, Practice Director, Insurance and Consumer Tech at Grayce.

What does your organisation do?

Grayce is an emerging talent management consultancy. Since 2012, it has worked with businesses to place thousands of skilled graduate professionals with them, as demand for skilled professionals in change, data and tech continues to grow. The consultancy works with businesses to rethink their talent strategy, build long-term skills capabilities and deliver digital transformation and change. Its Change+, Data+ and Tech+ Development Programmes are designed to equip graduates with the skills they need both now and for the future and to provide businesses with access to the very best, diverse talent for their assignments.

What do you think is currently the biggest issue facing the tech industry?

The current market uncertainty has changed company budgets and investment into expanding their workforce, particularly as current roles remain unfilled.  

What is your organisation’s biggest achievement?

Earlier this year Grayce made the Financial Times sixth annual list of Europe’s 1000 fastest-growing companies. Grayce was featured on the list for the first time, ranking as the 8th fastest growing management consultancy in the UK. 

Our inclusion in this list recognises that Grayce has not only survived through the COVID-19 pandemic but thrived. Navigating changing demand, supply chain challenges and digital disruption has been a tall order for every business, so we are immensely proud of this achievement.   

The urgent need for digital skills across all industries, paired with the Gen Z’s hunger to make a meaningful impact through their careers, is a powerful combination that’s building capability nationwide and which Grayce is passionate about facilitating. 

By being recognised on the FT 1000: Europe’s fastest-growing companies list, we hope to strengthen our reputation in the market as the leading emerging talent consultancy, developing leaders in change, data and tech for organisations nationwide.   

What would you consider to be your organisation’s biggest challenge?

Many companies remain unwilling to invest in their workforce to attract the best talent available. Far from the lack of available talent being the limiting factor, it is in fact a potential reduction in the roles available that could limit the expansion of the analyst workforce.

What do you think the future looks like for Manchester’s tech sector?

Manchester is the fastest-growing digital and tech hub in Europe with aspirations to become one of the top five digital cities across Europe. It has a unique ecosystem that supports businesses and talent with a culture of collaboration, working with others to grow jobs, skills and opportunity. As the city’s tech scene continues to grow, we have recognised a great opportunity to do things differently.

Tell us something that we might not know about your company?

We are 10 years old this December!

Thank you Sam!

To find out more about Grayce, click here.

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