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Sigma, the pan-Channel Island technology and business support company has recently acquired St Helier based Caxtons.


Caxtons shall remain at 35, Broad Street with the same team of staff, led by Fiona Cavalli, the original owner of the business.


The newly combined business shall benefit from consolidated production for both Caxtons and Sigma’s print works, combining state of the art digital printing technology and traditional lithographic production, offering a complete range of printing services.

Sigma has been established for over 80 years throughout the Channel Islands, specialising in supporting organisations with a comprehensive range of business products and services.


Robert Sillars, Sigma’s CEO said, ‘I am delighted to welcome the Caxtons team to Sigma and we look forward to growing our combined business across both locations. I am especially pleased that Fiona and her team shall continue to remain with Caxtons and we are all very much looking forward to working together.’


Fiona Cavalli of Caxtons added: ‘This is a very exciting time for all of us, the merging of two longstanding Jersey businesses, giving us the chance to combine our resources and knowledge base for the benefit of all our current and future clients.’


If you would like more information on this acquisition or wish to schedule an interview with Robert Sillars or Fiona Cavalli.


Posted on October 17th 2016


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IT, Book keeping and social media named as most desirable skills


In support of the 2016 National Festival of Learning, which works to encourage organisations and individuals to explore and celebrate the opportunities connected to adult learning and uncover what they ‘love to learn’, Pitman Training has revealed that the top five transferable skills that add value to careers and CVs are currently: - IT, Microsoft Office, Project Management, Book-keeping and Social Media.


From their experience helping local people to get a job or progress up the career ladder, Pitman Training Jersey reveals that skills in these areas are highly valued by local employers and can help to open doors to new careers, as well as up the pay scale of existing roles. Participants in the Festival of Learning are being encouraged to discover what they ‘love to learn’ and throughout the week of 13th June Pitman Training in Jersey will be offering free tasters of a range of courses to help people explore what suits them.


For those who feel they are at a crossroads, or who are at the start of their career journey, staff will also be giving their time to provide free guidance and a free five year tailored career plan, based on 1-2-1 consultations, is a further service being offered alongside CV writing workshops and recruitment advice?


With statistics revealing that participating in part-time learning as an adult raises life satisfaction by the equivalent of £1,600 of income per year on average1, Jersey Manager John Sowerby hopes people will take advantage of this abundance of free support at the community’s fingertips, in celebration of the Festival of Learning to help them move forward in their careers.


He said: “What I love most about my job is when people call in to see us in our St Helier training suite and tell us their stories. Every week we hear how learning new skills has helped to transform lives, whether it led to a much needed increase in income, helped someone return to work after illness or having a baby, or gave someone the confidence to set up their own business. This is what the Festival of Learning is all about, getting people to think about what changes they’d like to make, and how skills development can lead to that”. He added: “Our sessions are very informal and our friendly team has years of experience to share, so people can just come and have a chat.”


Anyone interested can drop in to the centre at any point through the week or alternatively, call us to find out more information on the career clinics available, you can call 711532 or find visit


Claire Lister, MD of Pitman Training Group, is a huge advocate of lifelong learning, and having headed up Pitman Training for 18 years and now developing the international franchise expansion, she regularly undertakes CPD (Continuing Professional Development).


Pitman Training has been synonymous with office based training since Sir Isaac Pitman invented shorthand in 1837, and the company now helps thousands of students each year progress their careers through tailor-made study programmes and Diplomas which are CPD accredited. One to one support is available at over 100 local centers, as well as via online courses, and short seminars to help top up skills. For more information see


Notes to editor

• Attached are a set of learning statistics and statements from the Festival of Learning

1 Fujiwara, D. (2012), Valuing the Impact of Adult Learning, An analysis of the effect of adult learning on different domains in life, NIACE, Leicester

• Local learner case studies are available upon request

• For more information on the Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners Week) running throughout June see

• The Festival of Learning is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) to help publicise ESF activities and outputs. The ESF is a European Union initiative that supports activities to improve employment op-portunities, promote social inclusion and invest in skills. The ESF is investing over £2.5 billion in England in the 2014-2020 programme. Funding will be used to help young people, jobseekers and inactive people access employment; tackle barriers to work faced by disadvantaged people; and invest in education, skills and lifelong learning. You can find out more at


Here are Johns five top tips on embracing lifelong learning: -


1. Find ways to fit it into your life - learning new skills needn’t eat up all your free time - find a slot where you could replace something else with an hour or so of online learning, once it’s in your routine it’s in.


2. Don’t listen to the devil inside saying ‘you’re too old’, ‘what’s the point’, ‘you won’t be able to do it’ - none of this is true - it’s just your subconscious trying to protect you from failure by encouraging you to not even get started in the first place


3. Be aspirational. Imagine why learning something new would help you and see what this looks like. No-one likes doing things for the sake of it but if your efforts will lead to more money, travel opportunities, recognition you crave, more flexible working use this as your focus.


4. Find a learning ‘buddy’ - connecting with someone else trying to do the same as you means you have someone to call on for extra motivation. This can be helpful when you’re struggling to focus. You could find someone via a learning centre, or often through social media, where people share their experiences.


5. Take things a step at a time. Every extra thing you learn has a benefit to your career so make sure you reward yourself as you work through your training and practice each new skill to build confidence in it before taking on the next one. This way you’ll be riding high as you take on a new challenge and will feel your mission is entirely achievable.


For any further information please contact:

Jo Swann, Chocolate PR

e:, t: +44 (0)113 2361835


Posted on June 13th 2016


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Epos Now


Epos Now, the UK’s largest EPOS provider is now available throughout the Channel Islands through Sigma.


Recognised by the Sunday Times 2015 Tech Track 100 as the 13th fastest growing tech company in the UK, its systems are trusted by over 10,000 businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors worldwide.


Mary Portas, Government Advisor and Broadcaster endorses Epos Now as “The best system in the country.” 


Epos Now is a user-friendly modular system that integrates with existing software, allowing scalability which can grow easily with your business.


Staff can be trained in just 15 minutes and the system can be accessed from anywhere to monitor and report in real time.


Come and have a chat with us and we would be happy to show you how it can work for your business.


Posted on April 29th 2016


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Sigma partners with 3CX Phone Systems in the Channel Islands


3CX Phone Systems, the innovative communications company has chosen Sigma as their partner in Jersey and Guernsey.

3CX was recently voted overall winner in the Software: Productivity sector of the 2015 CRN Tech Innovator Awards for their Webmeeting solution , which was launched in July 2015.


Their phone systems are software based PBX solutions that works with SIP standard based IP Phones, SIP trunks and VoIP Gateways to provide a full range of products for SMEs.


“I think that 3CX is one of the highest quality products in the VoIP market at the moment.”

Federico Moschini, Purchase Manager, TECNID SPA


For more detailed information please visit www.3cx/phone-system/


Contact Sigma to arrange a meeting to discuss how 3CX can benefit your business.


Posted on April 29th 2016


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Sigma hosted the annual IOD dinner in Guernsey on Wednesday (18/03/15) at the St Pierre Park.


The event was attended by Directors and their representatives from a diverse range of Channel Island businesses.


Sigma was supported throughout the evening by artwork and animated graphics designed by students at the Guernsey College of Further Education.


Robert Sillars (CEO, Sigma) welcomed the attendees and talked about Sigma’s role in the business community and how businesses as a whole can support and work with education in providing the best start for students in the Island. (Download full speech).


The keynote speaker was Debra Searle MBE the successful adventurer and motivational speaker who successfully rowed solo across the Atlantic.


Click to view the program.

Posted on March 24th 2015


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Sigma, the pan-Channel Island company has recently acquired Guernsey based software development and consultancy business, Global Computing.


The combined Sigma business will employ over 150 staff throughout the islands, with software teams based in both Jersey and Guernsey, enabling the company to continue its high levels of customer service, development and support.
Sigma’s merged payroll and HR solution shall manage more than 30,000 customer employees throughout Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and other jurisdictions and the company plans to expand this service further, into new markets and territories. The acquisition shall also enable a range of enhancements to the software, combining the best elements of both systems to the benefit of Sigma’s customers.


Global’s payroll and HR solutions are already widely used by a diverse range of clients throughout the Channel Islands and overseas.


Sigma has been established for over 80 years, specialising in supporting organisations throughout the islands with a comprehensive range of business solutions, software, products and I.T. support.


Robert Sillars, Sigma’s CEO said, ‘I am delighted to welcome the Global team to Sigma and we look forward to working alongside them in developing new products and enhancing our current offer. We shall continue to develop, upgrade and expand our complete range of software products in both local and international markets.’


Les Bichard of Global Computing agreed, adding: ‘This is a very exciting time for all of us, giving us the chance to combine our resources and knowledge base for the benefit of all our current and future clients.’
If you would like more information on this acquisition or wish to schedule an interview with Robert Sillars or Les Bichard please contact Amanda Overland on Jersey 711542.


Posted on January 16th 2015


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The well-known, pan-Island business, the Sigma Group has now rebranded as “Sigma”. Sigma has been serving all aspects of the business community throughout the Channel Islands for over 80 years, employing over 120 people throughout Guernsey and Jersey. Services include I.T. solutions and payroll/HR software, printers, stationery, print services, furniture and more recently training.

Following significant management changes over the last year, Sigma’s repositioning in the marketplace has included building redecoration, newly designed sales collateral, refreshed logo and strap, and a brand new website and state-of-the-art ecommerce ordering facility.


The main building, in Jersey which houses the print division and showroom on Don Road has been redecorated in keeping with its 1930s heritage, bringing the external decor in-line with the new brand image.


Robert Sillars, CEO said,

“After some market research we realised that the perception of the Sigma brand was not where we wanted it to be. We have some great people working for us with expert knowledge and contacts acquired over many years but the perception of “The Sigma Group” did not reflect this adequately. One of our top priorities is for the Islands to work closely together and communicate to all that we are very much a dynamic, proactive company that is an active player in the marketplace.”


Posted on 10 July 2014


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