(‘Idox’ or the ‘Group’ or the ‘Company’)
“A strong financial performance in line with expectations”
Idox plc (AIM: IDOX), a leading supplier of specialist information management software and geospatial data solutions to the public and asset intensive sectors, is pleased to report its financial results for the year ended 31 October 2023.
Reconciliations between adjusted and statutory earnings are contained at the end of this announcement.
- Revenue increased by 11% to £73.3m (2022: £66.2m), driven by growth in Land, Property & Public Protection (LPPP).
- Recurring revenue1 increased by 8% to £43.6m (2022: £40.5m), accounting for 60% of the Group’s total revenue (2022: 61%).
- Adjusted2 EBITDA increased by 9% to £24.5m (2022: £22.5m).
- Adjusted2 EBITDA margin stable at 33% (2022: 34%).
- Statutory operating profit increased by 8% to £9.3m (2022: £8.7m).
- Statutory operating profit margin unchanged at 13% (2022: 13%).
- Statutory profit before tax increased by 18% to £7.8m (2022: £6.6m).
- Adjusted3 diluted EPS increased by 7% to 2.62p (2022: 2.44p).
- Statutory diluted EPS decreased by 1% to 1.23p (2022: 1.24p).
Cash and debt
- Net debt4 at 31 October 2023 was £14.7m (2022: £6.7m), following payment of the initial cash consideration (£14.8m) for the Emapsite acquisition in August 2023.
- Cash generated from operating activities before taxation represented 82% of Adjusted EBITDA (2022: 81%).
- Free cashflow5 generation of £9.1m (2022: £7.2m).
- Refinancing completed in October 2023 for a £75m revolving credit facility and £45m accordion, providing the Group with significantly increased resources to fund strategic M&A ambitions.
- Proposed final dividend increased by 20% to 0.6p per share (2022: 0.5p), reflecting our strong financial position and our confidence in the future.
Another strong performance in line with expectations despite the backdrop of continued geo-political and macro-economic uncertainty:
- Record full year order intake up 10% on FY22 to £82m, reflecting our high-quality customer base and, providing good visibility into FY24.
- New divisional structure has created a much better focus for our customer engagement, product strategy and marketing, delivering an improved sales performance.
- Idox’s Geospatial capabilities were further enhanced with the acquisition of Emapsite and the continued development of thinkWhere & Landhawk which have continued to onboard new projects and customers.
- Upscaling and embedding our India operations across the business continued throughout the year, with colleague growth in India up over 20% as we build upon our strong capabilities and future development plan.
- Customer engagement and communication has been a key part of our work in 2023 focussing on our strong customer relationships and market position.
Current trading and outlook
- With a strong foundation in property and asset-based solutions and data services we will continue to invest selectively to enhance and grow our capabilities, building on the Group’s already strong recurring revenues.
- Attractive M&A pipeline with significant financial resources for larger, accretive and enhancing acquisitions at appropriate valuations.
- Encouraging start to FY24, with trading in line with the Board’s expectations and we remain confident about the outlook for the year.
David Meaden, Chief Executive of Idox said:
“We are pleased that Idox has delivered double-digit revenue growth and seen an increase in recurring revenue and order intake this year. Our work in previous years, refocusing Idox as a software business and improving the quality of the Group, has created a fly-wheel effect where we continue to deliver consistently strong margins and cash generation.
The acquisition of Emapsite has strengthened our geospatial offering, providing opportunities to cross sell our existing capabilities to new markets and deliver high quality data services to our existing clients.
We have made an encouraging start to FY24, trading in line with the Board’s expectations. We will continue to invest selectively to grow our capabilities and support our customers.
We have increased financial resources at our disposal for accretive and enhancing acquisitions and have shown that this can be delivered successfully. Whilst recognising this is likely to be an election year, we remain confident about the outlook for the year ahead.”
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About Idox plc
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Alternative Performance Measures
The Group uses these APMs, which are not defined or specified under International Financial Reporting Standards, as this is in line with the management information requested and presented to the decision makers in our business; and is consistent with how the business is assessed by our debt and equity providers.
1 Recurring revenue is defined as revenues associated with access to a specific ongoing service, with invoicing that typically recurs on an annual basis and underpinned by either a multi-year or rolling contract. These services include Support & Maintenance, SaaS fees, Hosting services, and some Managed service arrangements which involve a fixed fee irrespective of consumption.
2 Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) is defined as earnings before amortisation, depreciation, restructuring, acquisition costs, impairment, financing costs and share option costs. Share option costs are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA as this is a commonly used measure in the industry and how management and our shareholders track performance.
3 Adjusted EPS excludes amortisation on acquired intangibles, restructuring, financing, impairment, share option and acquisition costs.
4 Net debt is defined as the aggregation of cash, bank borrowings and long-term bond. This differs from a similar measure under IFRS, which would also include lease liabilities as debt. The definition used is consistent with that used within the Group’s banking arrangements.
5 Free cashflow is defined as net cashflow from operating activities after taxation less capital expenditure and lease payments.
Annual financial report announcement
The extracts below are from the Annual Financial Report 2023. Note references refer to notes included in this Annual Financial Report Announcement 2023.
I am very pleased to be able to report another positive set of results to all of our shareholders and other stakeholders for the financial year ending 31 October 2023. This is the 5th year in a row that we have grown revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, with very good cash generation. This is an excellent track record delivered by the whole Idox team. The business has maintained its trajectory of improving our core, organic metrics whilst continuing with a very focused acquisition programme. All the acquisitions that we have made have grown our addressable market so that we can continue to find new growth opportunities whilst continuing to benefit from the solid foundations of our strong core market positions. This strength is evidenced through our recurring revenue, our margins, and cash generation.
This has been a year of stability in the Boardroom, with no changes to our Executive and Non-Executive Directors. However, we continue to enjoy a healthy level of challenge and debate. We have made sure that the other Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and I engage directly with shareholders on a regular basis, taking on board their feedback and ensuring that their views are reflected in the direction of the business. We have also engaged independent external advisors to review our Board practices and our remuneration policies.
2023 has been a quieter year in the number of acquisitions that we have completed, but we were pleased to be able to complete the acquisition of Emapsite in August. Emapsite is an excellent business, and their offerings dovetail well with those of our previous acquisitions and our original capabilities in the geospatial data management space. The acquisitions of Aligned Assets, thinkWhere, exeGesIS, LandHawk and now Emapsite put Idox in a very strong position to build exciting new revenue streams around our core assets in property data management. The market opportunity created by the combination of these capabilities is large, and it will be a major focus of investment for the Group in the years to come.
It was also pleasing to see the continuing impact of our earlier acquisitions, with our Cloud solution, built on the Tascomi platform that we acquired in 2019 delivering 18 new customer wins and enabling the migration of eight existing customers from an on-premise solution to our Cloud offering.
Performance towards achieving our internal goal of 35% Adjusted EBITDA margin was stable at 33%. We still have some improvements to come in that area through the benefits of the integration of our previous acquisitions, which are not yet fully realised. However, revenue growth of 11%, with recurring revenue up 8% over the period, delivering a 9% increase in full year Adjusted EBITDA is a pleasing set of results. To be able to deliver such a strong core performance whilst at the same time increasing the addressable market opportunity is an excellent performance. As we move into the new financial year, we can expect to see continued growth in our core businesses enhanced by the acquisitions we have already made. We will also continue to target further acquisitions to allow us to continue to leverage the platform that we have created through our operational investments.
Like nearly every business, Idox is continuing to work on finding the optimal working pattern for our colleagues in the post-covid world. We have to make sure that we have the right blend of home and office work, and essential and non-essential travel, that allows our colleagues to be efficient but also continue to benefit from the lifelong development and learning opportunities that are an important part of corporate, office life. Employers need to work hard and creatively to enable appropriate new ways of working that meet all these new requirements without allowing a drop in the most important thing, excellent customer service. I have been impressed by the continuing positive attitudes and behaviours of all our colleagues at Idox, which have enabled this ongoing strong performance. We will continue to work to ensure that we maintain the right blend of work experience that meets our colleagues needs whilst also ensuring the continuous development of our skills and capabilities.
Cultural development is an essential part of this value. It is not only important for the employees themselves that we create a strong and thriving culture, where all of our colleagues feel valued and appreciated, but it is also an essential component in delivering value to our customers. It is clear to me that customers know when they are supported by an organisation that has a strong and positive culture, and indeed cultural alignment can be a very strong driver of customer satisfaction. Idox has a very clear set of shared values, that hold quality, customer value, owning commitments and “doing the right thing” as essential and non-negotiable elements of the Idox experience. It is with these values in mind that we continue to develop talent within the business creating an environment where growth and innovation is a natural output of our work together.
The Group continued its focus on providing digital solutions and services to the LPPP public sector customers in the United Kingdom, complemented by our Assets & Communities sectors servicing customers across the world. However, we are increasingly focused on the broader geospatial data market. The key to our success is to ensure we deliver better user results and productivity improvements for customers through focusing on usability, functionality and application of integrated digital and increasingly cloud-based technologies and solutions. The identification of attractive acquisition opportunities that can enhance the Group’s scale and capabilities, and the integration of completed acquisitions, is a key part of management focus and effort.
There has been no change to the Board in FY23, as reported above. I consider the effectiveness of the Board, which includes the contributions of the individual board members, throughout the annual governance cycle. The current Board members continue to collectively function in an efficient and productive manner.
I am satisfied that there is sufficient diversity in the Board structure to bring a balance of skills, experience, independence, and knowledge to the Group, however, I intend to keep this balance under review and continued assessment.
We are cognisant of the important responsibilities we have in respect of corporate governance and shaping our culture to be consistent with our objectives, strategy, and business model which we set out in our Strategic Report and our description of Principal Risks and Uncertainties. The Group is committed to conducting its business fairly, impartially, in an ethical and proper manner, and in full compliance with all laws and regulations. In conducting our business, integrity is the foundation of all Company relationships, including those with customers, suppliers, communities, and employees.
The Board has proposed an increased final dividend of 0.6p (2022: 0.5p) for FY23. Subject to approval at the AGM, the final dividend will be paid on 12 April 2024 to shareholders on the register as at 2 April 2024. This decision was reached after a full consideration of the continuing growth opportunities before the business, our strong financial position and our confidence in the future.
Summary and outlook
The financial results of the last year reflect the increasing quality of the Idox business. We operate in attractive markets, with strong market positions and insights, and we have every confidence that we can continue the excellent progress we have seen in FY23. The changes that we have made in the last few years, to the team, our structure, systems, and processes have delivered a major improvement in our financial performance. As a result, we have enjoyed improved stability in performance and confidence for the future, based on strongly improving orderbooks and levels of recurring revenue. On top of this, we can now point to exciting growth opportunities in the geospatial data markets. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with all my Idox colleagues during a period of such tremendous improvement and I look forward to continuing that work in delivering growing value to all our stakeholders.
Idox stakeholders are fortunate that such a talented group of people, including our recently joined colleagues from Emapsite, have chosen Idox as a place they want to work. Their expertise and diligence have continued to deliver the support and value that our customers expect, and I am pleased to extend my thanks to all of them.
Chief Executive’s review
The Chair has reported on the significant progress at Idox over the past five years. This has been delivered through a well-defined strategy, articulated through our Four Pillars and Walk, Run, Fly phases.
By refocussing Idox as a software business, with leading positions in our chosen markets, we have substantially improved the overall quality of our business. This clear focus has delivered strong margins and cash generated by operations, and a stronger balance sheet.
From this position, it seems obvious that we would have achieved this substantially improved performance, but of course, this achievement was not a given. It has required discipline and years of continuous improvements and perseverance to create a fly wheel effect, delivering the positive momentum we now have.
The credit for this improvement should be given to the teams across Idox that have committed themselves to the journey and for the high quality of work and service that they provide each day. In turn, we have supported a powerful leadership and mentoring programme, alongside a wide range of development and common interest-based programmes suggested by our teams, which have focussed on building affinity groups and supportive allies across the business who are passionate about championing inclusion and belonging for all our colleagues.
When I first arrived as CEO, I could see a tremendous amount of work being undertaken across the business, but the results did not reflect the dedication or efforts of our teams. Today, I feel that our efforts are being reflected in our operational and financial performance and I am grateful to all our teams that have contributed so positively to our ongoing success.
We continue to be a ‘rule of 40’ business, where the combination of revenue growth rate plus Adjusted EBITDA margin equates to forty per cent, or more, and I am pleased that we continued to deliver against this goal with revenue growth at 11% and Adjusted EBITDA margin at 33%.
We are now at the natural conclusion of the walk, run and fly strategy and we are excited for the future, based upon the strong foundations we have established. We look forward to fortifying the foundations we have built and cultivating our future trajectory.
Fortifying the foundations: focus on the future
Over the past 12 months we have significantly increased our recurring revenue (8%) and sales order intake (10%), providing greater visibility of future revenues.
We should acknowledge that the conditions surrounding several of the markets in which we operate have been challenging. The higher inflationary environment, along with the continued uncertainty and disruption from global conflicts and higher interest rates have impacted confidence and created some uncertainty over long-term Government taxation and spending plans.
Several local authorities have signalled they are finding it more difficult to run operations with a balanced budget and we have seen a small number of Councils issue Section 114 notices, indicating their need to restructure operations and temporarily restrict spending on new projects. However, faced with these challenges, our clients look to software and technology solutions to improve automation, insight, and efficiency in their operations. We take great pride in providing the software engines that drive our local authority clients forward and we are delighted that they continue to build their future software and data strategies around them. As long-term partners in our markets, retention across all our solutions and clients remains very high.
In addition to our core markets, we are focussed on delivering against new software and data opportunities in associated addressable markets. Despite the current economic challenges, we believe the next decade will bring significant opportunities for geospatial software and data as well as for software and data that connect the wider eco-system of local authorities, planners, private developers, land agents, construction companies, estate agents, conveyancers and others who need to access land and property data and processes.
As such, we were delighted to acquire the Emapsite business and to welcome the team to Idox where they add to our substantial geospatial capabilities built through the acquisition of thinkWhere, LandHawk, Aligned Assets and exeGesIS. Importantly, the acquisition of Emapsite provides us with the opportunity to cross sell our existing capabilities to new markets and deliver high quality data services to our existing clients.
Cultivating our future trajectory: supporting growth
During the year, we increased the capital available to the Group for M&A by entering a new, larger revolving credit facility and accordion of £75m and £45m respectively. Following a rigorous process, we are pleased to continue the positive relationship with our banking partners, HSBC Innovation Bank, NatWest and Santander. We invest our time in these relationships and feel that the engagement has helped them understand our strategic intent, while allowing us to access their knowledge pools more effectively to the benefit of all parties. We are grateful for their continued support.
Further scale in our operations would provide more scope for increasing growth rates and for further margin improvement, leveraging our sales and marketing, software development and operations to add real value to shareholders and the markets we serve. We continue to pursue several acquisition opportunities that would contribute greater scale and capabilities to the Group, always mindful of their alignment with our strategy and at the same time, maintaining a disciplined approach to valuation.
We endeavour to make Idox a great place to work and a place where team members can meet their career aspirations. Our collective ambition also demands that we are an attractive business for new talent that can raise the bar on what can be expected and delivered. As such, we prioritise communication and engagement across the Group. The CEO Broadcasts are a significant part of that pillar and are well attended. Our ‘Dare to be Different’ survey, aimed at making Idox an inclusive workplace allowing everyone to be their best selves has also been well supported and shaped much of our thinking in areas such as work support and recruitment practice. Alongside our Workplace Wellbeing team and Idox Elevate, the networks that have come together to support Pride@Idox and Neurodiversity@Idox are designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by these communities, share learning and understanding of how to be inclusive to those that identify as such, and to provide a safe space for colleagues to converse confidentially.
We have made an encouraging start to FY24, trading in line with the Board’s expectations. We will continue to invest selectively to grow our capabilities and support our customers.
We have increased financial resources at our disposal for larger, accretive and enhancing acquisitions and have shown that this can be delivered successfully. We remain confident about the outlook for the year ahead.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer’s review
I am pleased to provide an operational update and to report a successful year of progress at Idox.
The divisional structure announced last year has delivered a focussed platform for clear commercial and strategic ownership for business units. Within each division we now have strong leadership and a clear market focus, with responsibility for all sales, marketing, product strategy & customer engagement. The appointed Divisional Directors have exceptional domain expertise and experience in each of the operating areas and have helped provide a focus for the business throughout the year whilst also building long term strategies to meet our future growth aspirations.
We have scaled the Group operationally across service horizontals too, including engineering, customer success & our offshore operations in India. This has improved our performance, utilisation levels and access to shared technologies and resources which is leading to better outcomes for our customers and improving our overall customer experience and effectiveness.
At Idox, we have successfully maintained an operating model with colleagues working in a hybrid capacity which sees our colleagues working from both office locations and home where roles allow. We also recognise the significant benefits of working closely with both colleagues and customers face-to-face, which we have seen much more of throughout the last 12-month period.
We continue to champion our Four Pillars strategy to underpin our ongoing operations; it ensures that our decision making remains correctly balanced when making key decisions within the business.
We continue to focus on long-term sustainable growth across the business.
The divisional structure has ensured that we operate with a targeted emphasis on the quality of revenues, and we have strategic alignment of product strategy with the needs and requirements of our customers helping to drive this.
We operate with strong and robust processes and business controls to ensure that order intake and subsequent revenues are not only appropriate and in line with our policy and core values but also build solutions and commercial approaches to strengthen on our annually recurring revenues and long-term value.
This approach has helped deliver a growth rate of 8% for annual recurring revenues across the Group.
This year we welcomed 177 new organic customers to the Group and saw our overall order intake grow to over £82m (+10%), which is ahead of our revenues for FY23; building orderbook and securing future revenues.
In the Land, Property & Public Sector Division, we lead the market in the provision of SaaS platforms for the built environment & public protection (including Licencing and Trading Standards) through our Idox Cloud solution, securing 18 New Customers to our service. New customers to the platform included Harrow Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. We have also experienced strong and continued conversion from Idox legacy platforms, with some long standing customers converting to Idox Cloud including Rushmoor Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Dorset Council. This all made for a pleasing performance for Idox Cloud in FY23, with sales order intake up 25%, revenue up 26% and recurring revenue up over 30% when compared to FY22.
The provision of cloud services to our existing customer base also performed strongly in FY23 with many taking advantage of our private cloud facilities to provide a secure service for existing platforms, including East Lothian Council and Norwich City Council.
Other areas of the Land, Property & Public Protection Division performed well too. Address Management order intake was up over 29% by securing key deals across several markets, including Cadent Gas in the utilities sector. In our specialist Countryside Access Management solution we saw key wins with Snowdonia National Park Authority and some significant projects with Natural England and the National Trust where our specialist solutions and knowledge are bringing together complex data and GIS capabilities.
In our Geospatial offering, the acquisition of Emapsite significantly extended our sales capabilities and market reach, including a significant customer base. This acquisition also improved our access data and software experience, adding to our already growing knowledge and Geospatial expertise.
Progress and sales have remained strong in Emapsite over the last 10-weeks of the year, with our largest customer for geospatial data services, CityFibre, agreeing new contracts for the development of its fibre network planning insights programme and support for their statutory roadwork management obligations. We also saw new agreements for Scottish Power Renewables, Realyse and Wales & West Utilities, who are leveraging our unique Ordinance Survey data, mapping and addressing insights.
thinkWhere continued to provide Geospatial services throughout the year for some of the most complex and demanding projects, underpinned by our GIS solution Ground Mapper. This included new and exciting projects at Tillhill Forestry, Eurogeographics & National Collection of Ariel Photography.
thinkWhere revenues and order intake were up significantly on the previous year, with a number of new projects secured. In addition to the continued maintenance of its long-term relationships with Savills, British Library and other customers, this helped build momentum throughout FY23, growing recurring revenue YoY by 21% and building a strong orderbook for FY24.
Our Communities Division saw good progress in our Social Care solutions and services with revenues up on prior years performance by 15%. New wins to the solutions included City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council as well as strong customer retention. This strong performance was continued in our Sexual Health solution ‘Lilie’, with recurring revenue up 10% on the prior year, through our partnership work with providers, Virgin Care Service, Brook and Cambridge Community Services.
In Elections, with the lack of any major events or elections, we saw our overall revenues reduce by 26%, however, our customer renewal and re-sign strategy was strong, with order intake up 30% compared to the previous year. We continued to deliver on our strong relationship with Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) too, for changes to the overall election management systems, in accordance with legislative changes. We also saw some strong improvement in the quality of earnings across the revenues resulting in an increase in margin despite the lower overall revenue performance.
Our Databases solutions continued to attract new customers, particularly in higher education where our ResearchConnect solution provides services, this led to Idox securing over 136 new customers up 10% on the prior year and SaaS revenues growing by over 14% across the databases business.
The formation of the Assets division has provided a great opportunity for shared technologies and cross-sell between platforms. EIM revenues were up 4% on the previous year, and new business sales were up over 16%, with 17 new customers and the EIM orderbook is up significantly (17%) going into FY24. New names included impressive projects with Elecnor, VME Process Inc. and Port Praski, as well as continued support from long-term customers, Wood Group, Duke Energy Corporation and SNCF. Our partnership programs in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe have delivered new customers and programmes which we expect to continue in FY24.
Late FY23 saw the launch of several programmes into the NHS markets for specific benefit cases for the iAssets tracking solution: using the latest technologies, incorporating IOT, Bluetooth and 4G tracking and targeting specific equipment. Revenues for iFit were up 6% and recurring revenue improved 8% on the prior year, helped through a strong retention strategy, with renewals and re-signs up 9% on FY22.
Despite some of the economic pressures of the Facilities Management markets as businesses rationalise their property portfolios, we have seen small but continued progress with the CAFM solution, with recurring revenue growing at 3% in FY23. There are high expectations for the impending release of the new CAFM version 12 with advanced orders already in the orderbook for completion in the new year.
In FY23 the Adjusted EBITDA margin remained similar to the previous year at 33% (2022: 34%) and we recorded a statutory profit before tax of £7.8m (2022: £6.6m) up 18% on the prior year and representing a statutory profit margin of 11% (2022: 10%).
We continue to invest in our people and technology at Idox, to help drive improvements in margin and overall operational performance. We have driven several initiatives throughout FY23 which have helped improve our productivity and creative output, with more technology developed and released than in any of the previous years.
It has been very pleasing to see that many colleagues who had previously attended our Leading Together development programmes and mentoring have gone on to take up new roles and positions across the business; this development of our own internal talent pool and succession strategy continues to create value for Idox through retention of our valuable resources.
We continue to invest in our India operations in Pune and our team now represents over 11% of Group colleagues. We also maintain our strategy of extending our capabilities in India to include all aspects of our back-office functions.
Our new operational structure ensures that we are leveraging the entire scale of the Group for engineering, QA, professional services, customer support and other back-office functions. This combination maximises value of our cost base and resources and ensures that we have access to best practice and technology throughout the Group.
We continue with our efforts to operate the Group as a simple and efficient business, investing in technology to facilitate automation and streamline processes.
The divisional structure provides the leadership required to directly drive revenue growth and strategic product alignment through bringing the appropriate market knowledge and domain expertise. This creates an intimacy and important understanding of the markets that we serve and ensures that the solutions we are bringing to market meet the operational needs of our customers, both now and in the future.
Improving and enhancing our overall customer experience is one of our strategic goals. We have brought together aspects of our delivery teams to ensure we have a seamless customer experience from onboarding into our SaaS platforms to ongoing maintenance and service delivery.
Internal systems are maintained to help provide automation and enablement, improving our delivery, consistency, efficiency and revenue predictability.
Collaboration between teams is promoted and encouraged; this is working well from product inception, through to development, QA, documentation and delivery. Technology is used throughout this collaboration to stimulate and enhance the experience for colleagues and customers alike.
We have maintained our ongoing commitment to high quality processes by renewing our ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) accreditations as well as achieving certification for ISO 22301 (Business Continuity). I am also pleased to report that Idox remains fully accredited with Cyber Essential Plus, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to cyber security and protection protocols.
We operate a communication strategy across all our teams that takes consideration for the individuality and needs of our colleagues to ensure that we have an approach that embraces and reaches everyone. We communicate with openness and transparency and always look to address any issues and challenges with understanding and integrity.
We believe an open communication strategy is a key contributor to a healthy and vibrant business which actively engages colleagues and where all opinions are aired and heard. Our CEO broadcasts have continued on a regular basis this year, with support from other members of the Executive Team, providing updates on programmes and progress as well as an open engagement through Q&A.
Internal technology led “show & tell” sessions have been well attended across the business, providing insights and updates on the very latest technical knowhow, including AI, Cyber Security and UX/UI evolution. We have also led communication programmes across the divisional structure, engaging and focussing on product strategy, market analysis and customer successes stories.
We provide all colleagues with time and resources to support charities and good causes, which we believe allows people to reflect their own interests whilst supporting Idox values to be a socially responsible and sustainable business. Initiatives, though our Workplace Wellbeing programme, provide support to our colleagues and help create support and connectivity, we also encourage colleagues to initiate and drive engagement across the business through shared interest. These have continued to be very popular with colleagues again in FY23 and have included photography groups, walking, cycling, knitting and other hobbies and pastimes.
Customer engagement and communication has been a key part of our work in 2023 focussing on our strong customer relationships and market position. We use technology to streamline our information about product strategies and software roadmap and we have leveraged AI technologies to improve learning and training services for our solutions. We continue to invest in our direct people engagement and communication strategy through our customer success and account management teams, which we believe adds significant value to our overall customer relationships.
Given our market position we are regularly engaged with specific Government and industry groups, where we can influence, inform and actively engage in future changes and developments; this participation provides good early insights and an advanced understanding of changes affecting the industry and our customers.
The start to the new year has progressed as expected and we see good opportunities for our continued growth throughout FY24.
Chief Operating Officer