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Xansa plc, trading as Xansa, was a British outsourcing and technology company, and was quoted on the London Stock Exchange until 17 October 2007 when the purchase of Xansa by Steria was completed and the company was delisted. Its headquarters were in Reading, Berkshire, England, and it had a major presence in India. In the 2007 financial year the company had a turnover of UKĀ£379.7 million.


Freelance Programmers was established in 1962 by Stephanie "Steve" Shirley. Two years after founding Freelance Programmers, Steve Shirley incorporated the company as Freelance Programmers Limited.

In 1974 it became F International; the 'F' standing originally for Freelance but increasingly for Flexible and Free, tooKinsman,F. (1987) The Telecommuters. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.. By the late 1970s Steve Shirley had recognised that, as founder entrepreneur, it was time to let go and in 1987, with Hilary Cropper's appointment as CEO, was able to bow out.

F International became F.I.Group in 1988, and in 1991 Steve Shirley sold a controlling interest in FI to the workforce. In March 1996 FI was floated on the London Stock Exchange.

Between 1997 and 2000 FI acquired IIS Infotech Limited, an Indian computer services company based in New Delhi; OSI - a London based business consulting and management support services company, and Reading-based IT consultancy company Druid.

In April 2001 the company's...
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