One of the region’s fastest-growing IT companies has expanded into a new specialism after winning three new major contracts worth almost £1m.
The Gateshead-based Aspire has just signed a new IT deal with South Tyneside Council, giving support to the local authority’s business centres.
It is the third business centre contract the firm has clinched recently, with East Durham Business Services (EDBS) and Arch Northumberland also becoming clients.
Aspire sales director Michael Errington said: “It’s an area we’ve had experience in for some time, but our recent focus on the business centre sector has paid dividends.
“We take our time with customers, working with them to fully understand their challenges and opportunities before offering tailored solutions which always provide better services and save the client money.”
At South Tyneside Council’s four business centre sites in South Shields, Jarrow and Boldon, Aspire has increased the 360 users’ connectivity tenfold.
“We’ve put in a wide-area network that dramatically increased data connectivity at the four sites, and we’re also providing telecoms and telephone billing services,” Errington said.
Aspire is one of the region’s leading technology companies, specialising in hosted services, data centre solutions, communications and traditional IT support.
The company recently announced record growth for the seventh consecutive year, with sales increasing 58%, from £3.8m to more than £6m, and bosses are predicting growth of at least 30 per cent in 2014.
Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy at South Tyneside Council, Cllr John Anglin, said: “Having an enhanced communications infrastructure is critical for business so this is excellent news for our new and established businesses on these sites.
“The upgraded broadband support now available means that these businesses will be able to harness technology faster which will maximise their efficiency and productivity.”
With EDBS - which provides business support and advice to new and established businesses - Aspire improved connectivity across sites at Seaham and Peterlee.
“Connectivity is a window into any business’ soul, it’s so important,” Errington added.
“For EDBS we’ve upgraded their bandwidth, provided a full telecoms solution and we give IT support for their Novus Centres in Peterlee and Seaham.”
Susan Wardle, centre co-ordinator for EDBS, said:” We’ve worked alongside Aspire for a number of years now, creating a service in keeping with the growth of the businesses within Novus as well as EDBS itself.
“With the establishment of Novus Seaham, I knew I could rely on Aspire to provide the same attention to our IT infrastructure there, just as they have in Peterlee. Together we have worked to make an ideal community for businesses to grow and their IT secure, dependable and robust.”