awarded 10th Top Employer in Pakistan.
First 4 IT Ltd, a small aspiring IT solutions business based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, challenged by the global economic markets over the past few years, made a brave and bold decision that has culminated in the business being awarded 10th Top Employer in Pakistan.
“We were both proud and delighted when we were informed that we had been ranked as the 10th top employer 2012 in Islamabad by Rozee.pk, the result of a comprehensive survey of over 9,000 professionals and students from across the country. The survey was conducted in partnership with YouGov, a global leader in public opinion and consumer behaviour polling.” Said Mark Granger – Group Managing Director of the People first group of companies.
The story began in the autumn of 2008, being part of a group of companies that delivered recruitment services and IT support; they were being challenged by market forces. “The telephone stopped ringing, business fell like a stone off a precipice, we needed to provide solutions that the market needed, competitively and quickly” said Mark Styles, Group CEO.
As a group of directors they could see the distressing decline of the premise based retail sector, however, they understood that more and more businesses, to enable competiveness, needed to reduce their costs and increase their reach to market.
In stepped the hero of the plot, Farhan Mahmud, a determined gentleman with an MBA in IT and Marketing. Within 6 months of Farhan joining First 4 IT, a business strategy had been formulated and investment generated, First 4 IT opened its wholly owned limited company (PVT) in Lahore, Pakistan, now employing 15 talented IT professionals.
“It was always our intention to ensure our principals of investing in people were extended to our new operation” said Andrew Velvin, Managing Director for First 4 IT. “It was essential to locate safe, quality premises, to pursue equal opportunities for our workforce and engage them in our UK operation with the aid of high speed dedicated broadband connections and state of the art IT systems.” He continued.
First 4 IT have gone from strength to strength offering new services to their expanding portfolio such as web development, application development, web marketing services and conversion rate optimisation.
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