Who we are?
The Hub Company has run digital transformation programmes for well over 200 businesses often with global reach. We launched in 1996 as the UK’s 1st digital agency and have integrated over 40m customer journeys and processed over £400m payments during this time.
Why do we do what we do?
The Hub retains a founding mission to transform both companies as well as customers using the latest enabling digital technologies. We remain customer-centric looking to be insightful as well as 100% reliable digital innovators. We aim to make the difference between success and failure in a highly competitive and increasingly digital environment especially post Covid-19. We never stop learning nor looking to help change business for the better and enhance the customer experience.
What do we not believe in?
We do not believe in change for the sake of change and do not set out to disrupt without cause. We are legacy compatible but open to plug in any ‘future-proofed’ applications. We believe in digital innovation and collaboration to complement as well as improve our clients’ business capabilities.
Where do we deploy our solutions?
The world is increasingly looking to become Internet of Things (IoT) connected and The Hub Platform is an IOT platform with 24/7 and in real-time management capabilities. We like to think of ourselves in the end as the enabler of The Hub of Things (HoT) with proven capabilities as a middleware platform and mission control dashboard.
How do we do it?
The Hub Platform is the foundation stone for our end to end solutions. We use it to integrate with agility, flexibility, speed, security, and total reliability for our clients. We do not reinvent what is already built and remain open to plug in new applications and technologies as required. This has involved a global community of developers and over 1,600 outsourced digital specialists on demand over the years. All work is audited and documented once tested and proven.
The Hub Company Board members:
Sam Rudder – Founder and CEO
Graduating in 1979 from Cambridge University with a hockey Blue, Sam then trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. He moved into advertising starting in McCann Erickson and at the age of 27 became a Board Director at Ted Bates and subsequently Dorlands and Lintas. He spent 12 years managing over 40 clients and £150m advertising budgets for the likes of Unilever, DHL, and Heinz. He then co-founded the first UK digital agency in 1995 and has since worked with well over 200 clients who have since issued 40m digital tokens and processed over £400m worth of transactions. The Hub Platform won the Cannes Grand Prix for interactivity in 2001 and many awards before and since, the latest in 2020 being an Innovate UK grant for Covid-19 mobile apps plugged into The Hub Platform for NHS test and trace support.
Reena Pindoria – Director and CTO
CTO and Head of Programming Reena read Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, graduated in 2003, and swiftly settled into the software development field. She briefly worked in testing and soon joined The Hub’s Technology department as a Java Developer. In 10 years, Reena rose to CTO and serves as The Hub’s Director of Technology. She has over 13 years’ experience in payments and transit thus bringing the two together efficiently through the use of open-source, innovative cloud-based technology.
Paul Marciandi – Director and CFO
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, after obtaining a degree in Economics from Southampton University. His day-one involvement in a leveraged buy-out via Candover in 1986 was concluded with a satisfactory return to shareholders in 1990. He was subsequently appointed Finance Director of BRL Hardy Europe, Australian winemakers, who had grown from zero presence in the UK in 1990 to become Europe’s leading wine brand with sales of over £150m.
Richard Wildman – Director and Non-Executive Chair
Richard is a former senior partner at Accenture, the world’s leading management consultancy and technology firm. Richard led the UK and European practices at Accenture and was a member of Accenture’s global retail management board as Director of Growth & Strategy. Richard is currently on the UK management board of a mobile relationship marketing business, a new sports coaching venture, and is providing board advice and support to other entrepreneurial businesses.
Francis Ball – Director and Non-Executive Director
Francis’s first board appointment, at the age of 37 and after thirteen years with Marks and Spencer, was as Trading Director of Littlewoods Chain Stores. He progressed through Operations Director to Managing Director of the Chain Stores Division before taking on the Group role of Business Development Director in 1989. Having set up Littlewoods Trading in Russia in 1990, Francis established a joint venture with Price Club, the founder of the US Warehouse Club phenomenon, and became CEO of Price Club UK Limited in 1993. That same year, Costco took over Price Club worldwide, and Francis took the Operations Director’s role in the enlarged UK entity, rising to Managing Director of Costco Wholesale UK Limited in 2004. In 2006, Francis retired from Costco to take up a portfolio of responsibilities including Chairman of Monitor Marketing Limited, Director of Chesmait Limited, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Until 2010 he was also Chairman of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.
Partnerships including certifications:
Any end to end digital solution requires The Hub to partner and API integration to ensure the solutions are reliable, fast, secure as well as fully certified as such. This has been a key aspect of our partnership strategy from our foundation and will continue to be so to deliver what we believe is best in class and leading at the time of integration.
The Hub partnership starts with our clients as much of the API integration is based on them providing access to their internal feeds. Secondarily, AWS, and their cloud solution means The Hub platform core IT back office is set up to securely deliver and accept data from both a soft and hardware perspective. The key underlying digital transformation functions from this point on will determine the partnerships required but essentially relate to the integration of content, software, hosting, and hardware solutions. The following are some of the accreditations The Hub has been accredited for and organisations we have integrated with over the last decade:
- PCI DSS
- EMVco issuance and load
- Mastercard TSP accreditation
- ITSO issuance and load
- Pingit mobile and banking
- GDPR privacy
- Paragon with NHS
- Accomplish Financial
- Global Payments
- Roc Technologies
- Box technologies
- Future Generation
- ESP systex
- Press association
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