Member Spotlight - Sarcophagus


Graham Howarth from Sarcophagus takes this month's member spotlight. From milk to Dubai, we find out more about the companies latest projects and how their cloud software solutions are used by clients.

Sum up your business in just a couple of sentences? 

Sarcophagus are cloud software developers, established in Wakefield in 1999.  We streamline business processes to help our clients save time and risk.

Can you provide details of your core services, including any client/sector examples? 

We have three cloud software solutions delivered as a service; (enables teams to collaborate and share information), (tendering and procurement) and (email archiving). has been used by Asda Walmart since 1999 to roll out stores through effective collaboration.  Caddick Construction recently used it to accelerate the design and build process for Europe's biggest Milk Dairy. Birse Construction used it the build the Kingston Communication Stadium. 

eTenderer is used by Yorkshire Water and The Air Ambulance service to invite sealed bids as part of the electronic tendering process.

What excites you about your business and the work that you do?

Each day is different with enquiries arriving by phone and email from overseas and within the UK, from small freelancers to multi national corporations.  What makes them all similar is they all have a problem with business processes and are looking for a solution.

Our software is delivered as a service and it is designed to be configurable and scalable so it can be manipulated to provide the correct solution.  The most exciting opportunity came via a project manager relationship who asked us on the Wednesday to be in Dubai at 9am on Friday for a 1 hour meeting with the owner of one of the worlds largest hotel chains.   

Tell us about a recent project?

Caddick Construction selected the-project to deliver Europe's biggest Milk Dairy for Arla Foods. Producing one billion litres of fresh milk dairy with a development cost of £150m the new dairy created almost 700 jobs and around 1000 construction jobs were created during development. 

What one piece of work are you most proud of?

Sarcophagus have taken the fundamental concepts of the-project and are developing a community collaboration portal called Inspiring Skills.  The not for profit project is intended to provide more effective collaboration between business and education so our young people become more employable and we help to close the skills gap.  The portal will be available to all schools and colleges and will be funded by business sponsorship.

Why have you chosen to become a member of Cognitiv?

Sarcophagus became members of Cognitiv as we struggle to find and retain suitably qualified staff and we feel that the Cognitiv community can help resolve the local needs of our sector through representation.

What are the biggest issues faced by your sector/CDIT sector?

Internet connectivity, flexible workspace and access to suitable software skills are our biggest issues.

What are the biggest opportunities for your sector/CDIT sector?

Working collaboratively with other local CDIT companies on large scale innovative projects is our biggest opportunity as this enables Wakefield to better showcase what talent we have and drive growth in our local economy.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Wakefield?

Wakefield is a great place to work, do business and more importantly to live.  With more than 70% greenbelt and access to big cities such as Leeds and 5 international airports, we have everything going for us.  I wouldn’t want to live in a large city and pay city prices for a home and a workplace when I have access to everything and still retain a fantastic work life balance.  Wakefield is great and let's big it up.