HP announce continued commitment as PC manufacturer
In August we reported that HP would be "exploring strategic alternatives" to their PC business, involving splitting up or selling their PC supply business. HP is the University's preferred supplier and there was some concern over the impact this change of direction may have had.
After further consideration HP have decided not to make these changes and will continue to manufacture PCs.
A message from Paul Hunter, Head of HP PSG UK and Ireland:
I am pleased that we will remain closely integrated, for a number of reasons.
While I was very confident of our ability to thrive and grow should the business be spun out into a separate company - or even sold - I am pleased we will remain closely integrated, for a number of reasons.
Firstly, we have undergone a robust, and at times very public, audit of the company which can only make us fitter and stronger. After a deep data driven analysis, we have decided that HP and the Personal Systems Group (PSG) are stronger together. Our strength comes from being together. Finally, looking at the results over the related period for the PSG business, we have performed well. Market share has remained remarkably resilient. We are in a strong position and are striving to increase the gap on our competition.
This is not to ignore some of the challenges that we have faced over the past few months, which is why myself and my management team are committed to further improving the UK business.
We will get closer to all of our customers; whether that’s deepening the support for our channel partners, providing more consultancy and advice for our enterprise customers or delivering improved customer service and after-sales support for our consumers.
To achieve this, we are looking to amplify our successes and invest in our successful experiments.
For example, our LinkedIn community of more than 5,000 British small to medium sized businesses is a fantastic example of how we’re changing the conversation from “box shifting” to being a true business partner. I want to see how we can roll that out to more audiences.
We have also created a new internal business unit internally for our premium range of products and I have tasked my retail teams to develop a number of compelling offers that will add even more value into our retail channel.
Our sponsorship of the World Education Summit in London in January underlines our commitment to the education sector, and we are assessing how we can help support more schools and colleges with IT products and training for a better education and future.
This holiday season, we will once again be bringing an exciting retail experience to Westfield White City in London.
In short, we are doing some great work already but we can, and will, do even better. You can expect to hear much more from HP PSG in coming months and as always, I am very keen to hear feedback from our partners, and please contact me or a member of my team if you have any comments or questions.