The Recipe For Success

One of our undergraduates, Josh, is currently undertaking his placement at Fairsail, which when he applied was an SME based in the Reading Enterprise Centre. Since then though Fairsail been though an acquisition by Sage.  As you’ll hear it’s quite an experience for a placement student:


“Everything changed the moment I stumbled across Fairsail at a careers event, this is where I embarked on my Fairsail voyage. In November 2015, I signed for a 50-person technology start-up company with multiple differentiators drawing them apart from Enterprise placement programmes which were my initial preferred option.

All aboard on July 4th 2016 – my first day at Fairsail. I had successfully completed my 2nd year at Henley Business School and in just this eight month period a lot had already changed. Fairsail was now officially a Scale-up with almost 100 employees and the trophy cabinet had been extended further. Deloitte Fast 50 and Sunday Times Tech Track 100, being a couple of company successes. Not to mention 1,000% global business growth in 3 years – one of many measures meriting £10 million investment by Sage plc in May 2016.

Fairsail were acquired by Sage in March 2017 and this is certainly something quite unique and interesting to be a part of during my placement year. I appreciate it is an experience which not many people in their careers have a chance to be a part of. Fairsail is in the process of being re-branded to Sage People, departments will be integrated, what this looks like for the organisation is still a work in progress. This is a hugely exciting time for all and a real accolade to Fairsail’s product and people – with Sage being the largest UK tech company acquiring the UK’s fastest growing tech company.

Day to day Fairsail waters are fun filled. The aim being to have the most positive impact on the individual, the team and the overall organisation’s success. At the beating heart of any company is its people and with the wide range of skills and personalities within Fairsail, this creates the electric ambience which sparks success. The modern, and in the most professional manner possible….. corporate free culture and ‘go getter’ attitude is what Sage has invested in, and wants to mirror within the wider organisation.

In Colin Cooper’s, the Founder of Fairsail, words this is a ‘recipe for success’.

All the above reaffirmed my decision in November 2015, this was an opportunity I couldn’t, wouldn’t and like to think I didn’t waste.

Two fantastic organisations combining can only lead to more exciting times ahead!”