The Xacom Odyssey – 10 years in the making
Xacom Project Controls celebrated its ten year anniversary in February 2021. It has been a remarkable journey from modest beginnings to being one of the UK’s most respected Project Controls consultancies.
Founder and Principal
February 2011 and Michael Higgins had a decision to make.
Does he stay in his corporate role or leave and enter the world of self-employment?
It was a difficult decision to make as his senior employed position provided a comfortable lifestyle for himself and his family. But Michael had a bigger mission and wanted to deliver quality and value to organisations which he saw first-hand was lacking from most external consultancies operating in the Earned Value Management and Risk Management space.
Driven by his own personal core values Michael took the latter approach and Xacom Project Controls was born.
Fast forward ten years and the business, whilst still true to its core values of delivering maximum value and outstanding quality in an environment of mutual trust, is vastly different.
Today Xacom Project Controls is a fully fledged APMG Accredited Training Organisation specialising in Earned Value Management (EVM), Risk Management, Planning and Scheduling, Primavera P6 Training, Deltek Training and Schedule Reviews.
Commenting on his business journey Michael said ‘Establishing Xacom required a leap of faith. Whilst I knew I had the expertise, drive and passion to be successful, leaving a stable employed position always throws up doubts in your mind. But when I stepped back and considered my core values I knew I had to do it’.
Xacom operates on an international scale with a base of associates who are experts in their field. This ‘specialist’ approach enables the consultancy to tailor its services precisely to meet client requirements using a dynamic and experienced team.
The consultancy services are structured around Scheduling and Planning, Earned Value Management and Risk Management and are delivered to an extremely high standard with a focus of adding value at every stage. Xacom also provides multiple Project Controls associated training at their training venue in Preston, on site at client premises or in a virtual environment.
There have been many milestones in the company’s 10 year history - from supporting the Magnox Contract in May 2011 to gaining the APMG Training Accreditation in November 2019 and more recently supporting major Highway Schemes across the UK.
As part of the development of the company Michael and his team undertook a brand re-development exercise in May 2020. The new logo, colour palette and corporate values were defined to be more representative of both the company and its vision for the future. Michael also took centre stage in a number interview style videos which have been highly acclaimed by industry peers.
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