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Mattex Selects Infor CloudSuite for Digital Business Expansion



Mattex Selects Infor CloudSuite for Digital Business Expansion

ERP and HCM Solutions Tailored to Industry Needs of a Leading Global, B2B, Polymer-based, Synthetic Materials Group

Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, today announced that the Dubai-headquartered Mattex Group has selected Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Infor CloudSuite HCM and the Birst business intelligence solution as part of the firm’s digital transformation journey. When completed, this new cloud-based platform will help Mattex scale its operations for future growth.

Infor’s industry-specific cloud-based solutions are based on applications that have helped hundreds of customers globally to gain and maintain industry leadership, including brand owners, retailers, and manufacturers of apparel, textiles, and footwear.

“We were looking for a cloud solution that would facilitate business growth, support our digital transformation, and streamline production planning and utilization, as well as help enhance reporting. The decision to work with Infor was made due to the solution fit – its industry-specific, purpose-built software as a service in the cloud meets our requirements perfectly,” said Luc Blommaert, Mattex Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are looking forward to benefiting from adopting integrated and standardized business processes and ultimately reducing the total cost of IT ownership by moving our infrastructure to a cloud environment.”

Mattex, which manufactures carpet backing systems, geotextiles and artificial grass, will adopt Infor CloudSuite to simplify complex processes, workflows, and systems with sophisticated yet intuitive technology. Mattex chose to adopt Birst in order to improve the quality of reporting and take advantage of a modern, rich, end-to-end business intelligence suite in the cloud. As part of a global implementation of Infor CloudSuite HCM that includes the Middle East and North America, Mattex intends to improve operational efficiency and optimize their talent management process from recruitment to retirement, while ensuring local compliance in their operations globally.

“In today’s economic climate, we operate with unprecedented levels of change. In order to remain at the forefront of our industry, we need to adapt and move with the times to improve our product offering and become more competitive in the market place. The integrated Infor suite of products will ensure that we have fully visibility of our sales pipeline, planning, production, logistics and financial information globally and on demand. The Infor suite of products will also represent a central plank in our broader business transformation objectives of establishing a best-in-class Finance and IT infrastructure that delivers operational efficiency, business support effectiveness and the ability to add real value to all our stakeholders,” said Suhail Rafiq, Mattex Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

These new solutions will run on Infor OS technology that include ION™, which facilitates loosely coupled integration of third-party software, and the Infor Ming.le™ user experience which incorporates analytics, alerts, business documents and supports user collaboration to boost efficiency and drive user productivity.

Mattex chose Infor over Microsoft and SAP for its SaaS project. Infor’s software displaces the firm’s current Microsoft solution and is expected to go live in the UAE and Belgium, with the same solution then being subsequently rolled out to its operating units in Saudi Arabia and the United States.

“We are confident that Infor’s purpose-built, cloud-based solutions will help deliver agile and flexible business tools as a service in the cloud for Mattex, and are delighted to be their trusted digital transformation partner in the years ahead,” said Alaa Hewedi, vice president of sales for Middle East, Infor.

Mattex’s move is in alignment with Smart Dubai, the Emirate’s digital transformation strategy established to deliver an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors, one which involves close collaboration between the public and private sectors.

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Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England



Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England 1

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.

Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.

The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.

Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.

Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.

Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.

“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)

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UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout



UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout 2

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.

Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.

“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.

“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”

Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.

He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.

“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.

Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.

“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of State’s (Dowden’s) assertion that the government’s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.

It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.

The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.

Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)


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Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit



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By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.

“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.

Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.

Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.

The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.

“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.

Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.

The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.

It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.

“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.

“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”


Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.

“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.

A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.

“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.

The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).

“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.

($1 = 0.7064 pounds)

(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)


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