By Claire West

Britain is in the grip of public sector cut fever and in the next 24 hours many fear that the axe is going to fall heavily, as the UK prepares itself for the Chancellor’s spending review due on Wednesday. According to research from Ernst & Young, the private sector is expected to remain robust and technology is one area that has grown, benefitting from recessionary pressures.

As companies brace themselves for the spending cuts and come under intense pressure to cut costs, they are looking to new technologies to create efficiencies, and alternative ways to achieve savings while remaining competitive, resulting in an indelible change in the economic and business landscape. Andrew Gilbert founder of Midlands-based hosted IT solutions company, Node4, has seen strong growth and following the recent success of three state-of-the-art data centres in Derby and Wakefield, Node4 has announced the opening of a new data centre Northampton during the early part of 2011.

Gilbert said, “As the nation experiences the most savage cuts it has faced for a generation, many companies have already started to feel the pressure on their spending budgets. The need to cut costs and drive efficiencies by avoiding large upfront investments is felt keenly by businesses across a variety of sectors and has resulted in an explosion in outsourcing as a solution. Node4 has seen an increase in enquiries from companies in the private sector as well as the public sector keen to create efficiencies, save money and reinvest this into their companies and organisations to empower them to survive and grow by outsourcing their IT to data centres.”