April 23, 2018 - Blog, News

“The Making of a Billion-Euro Tech Services Giant.”

The Sunday Times, 23rd of April 2018 - Feature by Gavin Daly

CEO of Version 1, Tom O’ Connor, was featured in The Sunday Times this week in conversation with Gavin Daly. In the interview, Tom O’ Connor discusses the influence Core Values have had on the company’s success to date, from recruitment to winning business and retaining customers. The Core Values of Version 1 have been in place for more than a decade and have been a firm differentiator between Version 1 and it’s competitors in the market for years.

Credit the values or not, Version 1 is doing something right. Revenues are up by an average of 29% in each of the five past years, touching €105 million last year. The company marked the hiring of its 1000th employee last month and had a cake for its first employee who is still on the payroll. Its first two customers, An Post and ESB are still on board, anchoring a 98% customer retention rate.

The Sunday Times, 23rd of April 2018 

Tom O’ Connor describes Version 1 as the glue that keeps the economy going, from underpinning the state’s car tax system and handling EU payments to farmers, to billing for utilities and bookings for airlines.


Quietly comfortable in the top job, O’ Connor has stated ambition to make Version 1 a billion-euro company by 2025. To get there he plans more acquisitions in the UK, where Version 1 has done several deals, as well as expansion into Northern Europe and a possible IPO.

The Sunday Times, 23rd of April 2018.

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To read Tom O’ Connor’s full interview in The Sunday Times, please view the article in full here.

A Refreshed Corporate Identity

This interview follows the reveal a new corporate identity by Version 1 last week. The refreshed brand consists of a modernised visual identity which incorporates what is unique in how Version 1 has delivered services and solutions to customers over the last 20 years.

A new triangular mark represents Strength in Balance and the company’s unwavering commitment to a balanced approach to delivering on three commitments: making a real difference for customers, building an empowering culture for employees and growing a strong organisation for the future.

Tom O’ Connor reflected on his first year as CEO and what our brand refresh signifies for Version 1 in a blog post available here. 

About Us

Version 1 proves that IT can make a real difference to our customers’ businesses. We are trusted by global brands to deliver IT services and solutions which drive customer success.  Our 1000 strong team works closely with our technology partners to provide independent advice that helps our customers navigate the rapidly changing world of IT.  Our greatest strength is balance in our efforts to achieve Customer Success, Empowered People and a Strong Organisation, underpinned by commitment to our values. We believe this is what makes Version 1 different and more importantly, our customers agree.