Our Success is Measured by the Delivery of our Values

Creating Software that Works

Arrk Group is a full-stack, global technology services business which delivers outstanding Customer outcomes through imaginative consultancy led engagement, deep sector knowledge and enterprise-scale technology expertise. Our methodical, user-first approach enables us to solve big problems in a fast, efficient manner, helping our Customers address pressing issues and achieve rapid transformational results.

We have a profound commitment to collaboration, executing engagements ranging from high-value consultancy to whole-of-life ownership of complex digital platforms and infrastructures across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, from start-ups to multi-national enterprises.

Arrk makes change happen.

Julian Howison
Chairman

An electronics engineer by training, Julian started his career developing electronic instruments and data communications systems software for companies such as Plessey and Siemens. This included a spell in the early 1980s working for the Department of Defence in the USA on the development of embryonic Internet protocols and systems…

Sonal Nagda
CEO

Sonal started her career as a software engineer building complex enterprise applications and integrating enterprise-wide functions over the web. One of the most interesting projects was developing an instant messaging software on the web at a time when none existed. During the next phase of her career, she worked as a management..

Brenden Holt
Non-Executive Director

Having attained an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Brenden’s early career was spent in the design and development of hardware and software systems. Much of this work was in real-time and safety-critical systems for military and defence applications. In the late 1980s, he progressed into project management roles managing large, complex projects.

Our Values in practice

At Arrk Group we describe ourselves as a ‘values driven business’. Unlike some organisations our success is measured by the delivery of our values. These values drive and govern Arrk Group’s philosophy behind its operations.

Our People

Our people are our business and we have developed an extremely talented and dedicated team whose depth and range of experience managing global IT services is simply Tier-1. In India where nearly 63% of IT professionals have less than five years of work experience, our average Arrkitect has worked in software services for over six years.

Arrkitect Power Multiplied

We believe that superior teamwork is the key to superior results and that the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. We, therefore, adopt an inclusive, team-based approach to all our activities. This co-operative approach extends beyond our organisation to our Customers and our other stakeholders. We support and encourage each other through good times and bad and work together to achieve our individual and collective aspirations.

Uncompromising Integrity

A fundamental principle of all of our dealings with each other, our Customers and our other stakeholders is open, honest and transparent communication. We strive to achieve the very highest levels of personal integrity and reward those who do the ‘right thing’. A pervasive sense of fairness and a commitment to achieving win-win outcomes governs our behaviour.

Arrkitect Power

We call ourselves Arrkitects. Not just because many of us have a role in architecting technology and business solutions for our Customers, but also because everyone at Arrk Group is empowered to shape our growing business. Many of us have come from corporate IT service organisations where we felt held back from achieving our true potential. We share a passion for technology and at Arrk great opportunities demand that we set stretching goals for ourselves and constantly seek new challenges.

The Arrk Foundation

Our operations do not exist in a vacuum, therefore at Arrk Group we encourage and set high standards of corporate social responsibility. The communities to which we belong, both as individuals and as an organisation, support us in many ways.

This support confers on us a duty to behave as a ‘responsible citizen’ and as part of that an obligation to play an active role in developing and enhancing the lives of those around us. In recognition of this, Arrk Group has pledged to donate a percentage of all profits to supporting sustainable development and poverty reduction projects in the localities in which we operate. We are also committed to exploring, developing and promoting the concept of ‘Fair Trade’ as it applies to our industry and markets.

In order to deliver on this pledge, we have established the Arrk Foundation to direct the donation of funds for charitable purposes in accordance with the Foundation’s constitution and objectives. We also believe that our people should lead the Arrk Foundation and therefore it is set up as a membership organisation which any employee of Arrk can join. An Executive Committee is elected each year, and anyone who is a member of the Foundation can stand. So the Arrk Foundation is very much employee-led and provides a great opportunity for all Arrkitects to get actively involved in decision-making and make a real difference to the communities in which we live.

Our Journey

Lean Start-up

Like all good start-ups costs were kept low and one of Julian’s abiding memories was watching one of our new found friends from India programming in finger-less gloves! We delivered phase one of our first project and quickly gained an order for phase two – and a new customer. Things got hectic. At this time much of our energy and focus was being ploughed into strengthening links with India and figuring out how to create the ‘best of both worlds’ organisation that Arrk is today.

Dot.com Blues + A Proper Office

The year 2001 was a bad year for all things web and digital, the bursting of the dot.com bubble. Arrk, like many other tech companies, broadened its outlook as we brought on more diverse Customers and technologies. By June 2002, Arrk got serious about ultra-distributed model by launching a second start-up, this time in Bombay. We even got a shiny new office to go with it.

What's The Meaning Of Life?

By 2003 Arrk was involved in the corporate social responsibility movement and also in an early incarnation of the Institute for Collaborative Working which produced the draft standard eventually adopted by BSI as the standard for Collaborative Business Relationships (BS11000). In 2004 we defined our first ‘Stakeholder Charter’ and set up the Arrk Foundation .

Back To Our Roots

The following years saw rapid growth and by 2006 it was time to evaluate the progress made and pause for thought. We had strayed from the twin challenges which we had started life in solving; how to successfully build a distributed team with a collaborative innovation culture and how to use this to design and build large-scale digital products that resulted in best-value outcomes.

Let's talk

For more information on how Arrk can help your organisation, contact our team today.

 

Find us at:

Arrk

196 Deansgate

Manchester

M3 3WF

 

Call us on:

0161 227 9900