BT Group has announced it is to reduce its total workforce from 130,000 employees down to 75,000 employees by 2030. The telecoms giant is to introduce a range of new technologies, including AI, across its business as it responds to slightly disappointing annual results.
Vodafone is making a number of strategic shifts following comments by group CEO Margherita Della Valle that “our performance has not been good enough”. Vodafone plans to focus on its fast growing business division while its consumer arm will go back to basics with an emphasis on offering a simple and predictable experience. These changes will result in 11,000 jobs being lost over the next three years.
The online estate agent Purplebricks has been acquired by Strike for a nominal fee of £1. All employees will initially transfer to Strike, although cost and headcount reductions are expected.
Ball & Berry has been bought by Sweco UK, in a deal which establishes Sweco as an industry leading building control consultancy.
Cloud and platform development specialist Objectivity has been acquired by Accenture. Objectivity has sites in the UK, Poland, Germany and Mauritius and the deal strengthens Accenture’s cloud capabilities.
B2B media specialist Insider Media has been acquired by National World.
Team17 subsidiary, astragon Entertainment, has acquired the German videogames developer Independent Arts Software.
AC Education has been bought by education and training specialist The Progress Group. AC offers more than 150 specialist training courses for the children’s services and education sectors.
Paid media performance agency Made Greater has been bought by connective3, a provider of digital marketing services to clients such as Ocado, Wren Kitchens and Tapi Carpets.