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Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

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Simon Downing
Founder, Chairman
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Lee Perkins
Chief Executive Officer
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Iain Finlayson
Managing Director of Libraries and Education
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Sean Massey
Managing Director, Education Resources & Libraries
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Marcus Blackburn
Operations Director, Education Resources & Libraries

Company Ownership

Civica is owned by Blackstone.

Personnel employed

[Data source: statistics supplied for the annual Library Systems Report or from public information]

Civica 2022244421518499
Civica 2021244421518497
Civica 2019184401115484
Civica 2018184401115484
Civica 2017184401115484
Civica 2016214381215486
Civica 20151336110163403
Civica 20141838615314454
Civica 20131737615264438
Civica 2012193821410425
Civica 201119371146410
Civica 201023353186400
Civica 200923353186400
Civica 2008233401910392
Civica 200717336179379
Civica 200616283158322

Documents or articles featuring Civica

Breeding, Marshall. Civica Launches Spydus 9. October 2013. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Civica Library and Learning has released the latest major version of its flagship library management system, Spydus 9. This new version of Spydus incorporates a variety of new functional capabilities and technology enhancements. Embracing many of the characteristics of the new generation library services platforms, it includes comprehensive resource management, Webbased interfaces, and open APIs. Civica offers Spydus 9 either for local installation or as a fully-managed hosted service.

Breeding, Marshall. Civica finds new private equity ownership. July 2013. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Civica, a large international information technology services firm that provides products for a wide range of local government services, including library automation, recently changed ownership. Civica has been under ownership of 3i since April 2008 (see “Civica Transitions to Private Equity” Smart Libraries Newsletter, June 2008), bringing the company under ownership of a large private equity firm following a period of public ownership, traded on the London-based AIM (Alternative Investment Market). OMERS Private Equity, with investment capital of over $6 billion acquired Civica from 3i Group Plc. in a transaction valued at about £390 million. The company reports that it does not anticipate major changes in its executive management or in its operations as a result of this transition.

Breeding, Marshall. Civica Transitions to Private Equity. June 2008. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Civica, a large software and services company that includes a library division offering the Spydus automation system, has undergone a business transition where it changes from a publicly traded company on the London-based AIM exchange to a private company, primarily owned by 3i Investors, a major private equity firm. 3i is a very large private equity firm with £5.6 billion (approximately $11 billion) in market capitalization.

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News Announcements

December 13, 2023. Geelong Regional Library Corporation implements Civica's Spydus for enhanced community service. Global GovTech provider Civica and Geelong Regional Library Corporation announced their partnership, marking an exciting step forward in delivering cutting-edge library services to the communities of the region. By implementing Civica's Spydus, a state-of-the-art library management system, GRLC are poised to elevate their offerings enhancing user experiences and operational efficiency.

November 26, 2023. Blackstone to acquire Civica. Blackstone, the world's largest alternative asset manager, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Civica from current Civica owner, Partners Group AG. Blackstone, the world's largest alternative asset manager, will acquire Civica during a particularly buoyant period for the company. The company has enjoyed over 21 years of year-on-year growth across its global markets, with more than 6,000 customers now using its software.

January 12, 2023. Cloud tech sparks new chapter for Greater Manchester's libraries. Wigan and Bury borough councils have joined local authorities across Greater Manchester in adopting world-leading digital technology to transform their local libraries. The move by Wigan and Bury means that all ten of Greater Manchester's local authorities are now using the Spydus library system, developed by UK-based, global GovTech provider Civica.

November 24, 2022. SPUN 22: Library leaders from across ANZ explore latest features of cutting-edge Spydus solution. Virtual book groups, enhanced discovery OPAC and Artificial Intelligence are just some of the new features that library users explored at Civica's SPUN week, a conference led by Civica following enhancements to leading library management software Spydus, which is used by more than over 500 libraries across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

November 16, 2022. Civica CEO Wayne Story passes the leadership torch after six years. Civica, the market leading software provider to the public sector, announced that, after more than six years as Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Story will be retiring. Lee Perkins takes the helm as the new Group CEO. Lee Perkins, who joined the company as UK CEO in October of this year, has held a number of senior positions in the UK technology sector over the past two decades including UK MD and latterly Group COO at Sage, CEO M247 (formerly Metronet Group) and, earlier in his career, UK MD of Techdata.

July 25, 2022. Australian authors out on top for a second year running in annual library borrowing data. More than half the library books we borrowed in 2022 were penned by Australian authors, continuing an upward trend seen over the past three years. The past twelve months also saw a large increase in E-Loans, suggesting that digital library books, which increased in popularity during the pandemic will continue to be a permanent feature of our literary diet.

December 9, 2021. The One Thing initiative by global software provider Civica could see libraries become engines of innovative ideas. Civica, a global leader in software for public services has launched The One Thing; a thought leadership series to explore how public libraries around the world libraries can help to stimulate and nurture the innovative ideas that will be needed to tackle the challenges of the post-pandemic world.

November 9, 2021. Libraries across every Irish county to benefit from new digital tech to help boost reading and literacy. Libraries across every county of Ireland are set to benefit from the rollout of a new software system to boost national and local efforts to encourage more reading and improve literacy. The Local Government Management Agency, a state body that provides a range of professional services to local authorities, is working with global software provider Civica to implement the cloud Spydus library management platform in all public libraries across Ireland's 31 local authorities. A complete solution for library management, Spydus will support national programmes to inspire, connect and empower communities and improve reading and literacy. The new software will support the government's Our Public Libraries 2022 national public library strategy.

August 17, 2021. On demand library services: Campbelltown Library chooses Civica's Spydus to deliver an even better reading experience for local community. Campbelltown City Council Libraries, which caters for more than 170,000 residents, will be using the integrated library management tool Spydus, provided by global smart software provider Civica. Through Spydus, Campbelltown's local community will be able to access all library services online, including services such as Campbelltown's comprehensive local history archive.

August 2, 2021. Global smart software company Civica has announced the full integration of Agylia Group Ltd.. Agylia is a specialist digital learning company which helps organisations around the world support, develop and engage their people through innovative learning management solutions, learning consulting and content creation services.

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Corporate Chronology

May 07, 2013 OMERS Private Equity acquires Civica from 3i Group for £390 million
OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, has completed the purchase of Civica, a market leader in specialist systems and business process services, from 3i Group plc and funds managed by 3i for an enterprise value of £390 million.

Mar 28, 2008 Civica acquired by 3i Investments
Privite equity firm 3i Investments, through a new company Cornwall Bidco begin the process of acquiring all shares of Civica. Company valued £190.0 million, 270 pence per share.

Mar 01, 2004 Civica Plc. flotation on the AIM stock exchange
Civica is raising £15 million of new money from the offer and is placing £30 million on behalf of existing shareholders. On admission, the Group will be valued at approximately £79.2 million.

2002 Sanderson restructures as Civica

Sep 1989 SGA Pacific Limited acquires AWA Limited

Spydus Satisfaction Ratings

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Annual Accomplishments Statements

[Data source: text supplied for the annual Library Systems Report]

2022 Civica Accomplishments Narrative

Spydus, the Civica Library Management Platform, has been in continuous development by the Civica team in Australia for over 40 years. Spydus is the result of Civica research, development and engagement with library managers across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland and Singapore. Civica have a strong and active user group and serves over 300 public library organisations customers worldwide. We focus on a servicing the whole public library market with customers ranging from small library services in rural Australia to major metropolitan and consortium libraries such as ACT in Australia and SELMs in the UK and national library services in Ireland and Singapore.

In late 2022 we launched Spydus11, with a new discovery layer leveraging the power of BIBFRAME to transform the Spydus Discovery into a new BIBFRAME style work/instance model with a fresh new UI. In addition to this, new features in our cloud-based library services platform are helping libraries to provide new and exciting services to their communities and to reduce costs and administrative burdens for library managers, making it much easier to transfer books between sites and simplify cataloguing and stock rotation.

Our library services teams are also branching out to help communities in need as parts of globe continue to wrestle with the challenges of COVID and more recently financial stress in the community which has placed a focus on libraries roles as safe and warm spaces for the communities they serve.

The Spydus team was also proud to launch another set of articles for ’The One Thing’ thought leadership series headed by Brendan Fitzgerald of 641DI. The additional series focuses on new, young, and diverse voices in the library sector, recognising the importance young perspectives that will shape our future. The articles are available online.

In 2022 we were pleased to welcome 17 new library services to the Spydus family and were successful in renewing all of our existing public library customers in Australia, NZ and the UK. We also completed the migration and deployment of all public libraries in Ireland to Spydus.

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