Life at a LatCo

Written by Lauren Gill

Mantis works with Cantium, a Local Authority Trading Company (LatCo) born out of Kent County Council offering professional HR, IT and Finance services to the health and public sectors. It was in fact the first client we won ‘virtually’ when the pandemic took hold in 2020. Account Director Lauren Gill sat down with Pete Fennell, Cantium’s Head of Marketing, to find out what it is like to move from a career in the private sector to work in the public sector, and in particular, for a LatCo.

Pete, tell us a bit about your professional background and what attracted you to this role at Cantium?

My background before Cantium was actually in high volume consumer facing industries – I worked for Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World and on the retail side, for Tesco. But my roots were in the B2B space, as prior to that I held B2B focused roles at Visa International for EMEA, and agency side in the financial and automotive sectors. I think LatCo’s are an interesting proposition – they are born out of the public sector, but have a commercial edge. The business model and ethos of profit for purpose means that everything goes back into public services and so it feels worthwhile. I thought it would be great next career move and an opportunity to grow.

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