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PEOPLE / RECRUITMENT


It’s time to embrace brexit


Digital transformation of business and the public sector will remain key drivers of the economy


BY WILLIAM PEAKIN The UK is leaving the European Union; that much we know. Te nature of our future relationship with member countries, and the economic implications, are still being debated. For one Scottish company,


however, the emphasis is on seizing the moment and positioning itself to take advantage of what it regards are some certainties post-Brexit. And it is urging Scotland’s business community to do the same.


“Tere may be some economic


turmoil, there may be a slow- down, but our focus has been on how to ‘Brexit-proof’ our company,” said Gareth Biggerstaff, chief executive of Be-IT, Scot- land’s largest privately-owned recruitment consultancy. “Tere’s a lot of doom and


gloom around, but over the past six months we have invested our energy in identifying where there is likely to be growth in the economy.” Biggerstaff believes that it is not


“Understanding the sectors that will remain robust during this time, and those that will grow, means that you can be well- positioned to win new business”


only his duty as the custodian of an SME he launched five years ago as a two-person office in Edinburgh, and which has now grown to a 35 -plus team with a new headquarters in Glasgow and a satellite office in Belfast – but also of other business leaders. “Understanding the sectors that


will remain robust during this time, and those that will grow, means that you can be well-posi- tioned to win new business,” he said. “It is incumbent on employ- ers to anticipate demand and be ready to meet it. When one company does well, it has a ripple effect across the wider economy.” Digital transformation of busi-


ness and the public sector will re- main key drivers of the economy, said Biggerstaff. Be-IT specialises in recruiting professionals for IT,


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Gareth Biggerstaff and Nikola Kelly


digital, project management, and leadership roles. He cited examples of tech-


nologies – data, cyber security, and artificial intelligence – that will see exponential growth in demand for a skilled workforce as process of change plays out in the private sector and in the delivery of public services, such as health and social care. As Scotland grows its reputa-


tion as a centre of excellence in those specialities, indigenous growth and inward investment will in turn generate demand in


the wider service economy. Be-IT has also launched a new


transformation division, dedicat- ed to helping businesses manage digital disruption and regulatory change. Te team, which will be based in Glasgow and Edinburgh, will focus primarily on provid- ing expert staff to the financial services sector experienced in effective business change. “Tese are turbulent times for


business with disruption being caused by many different factors,” said Nikola Kelly, the company’s managing director. “Brexit will


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