AN IT services provider has secured a £500,000 contract as it looks to grow its £4.2m turnover and 36-strong workforce in the next 12 months.
Gateshead-based Aspire will work with the O’Brien Group to deliver better internet connectivity across five sites, including full long-term IT support.
The O’Brien brand covers waste management, demolition, asbestos removal and architectural salvage divisions and the company has sites in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Teesside.
Paul Beat, sales executive for Aspire, said: “Due to the expanding nature of their business, O’Brien’s needed to centralise their IT infrastructure, build in disaster recovery in order to secure their critical business systems and add flexibility to their network so that new sites could be amalgamated into the IT estate easily.
“To facilitate this growth, we designed and implemented a private wide area network (WAN) which terminates at one of our data centres where we host their core services centrally.
“This has vastly improved connectivity speeds and enabled O’Brien’s employees to access the centralised software applications from all company sites.
“Furthermore, we have provided the business with a disaster recovery solution via our online back-up service. All business systems are backed up to our secondary data centre in London so that company data is protected at all times and can be restored quickly should the need arise.”
As technology advances and company operations become more complex, the IT workload inevitably increases and much of their time is therefore occupied with system maintenance and security instead of being focused on business innovation and growth.
Aspire say a growing number of businesses are turning to IT partners in a bid to ease the pressure on internal IT resources.
It has increased its workforce by over 50% in the last 12 months and expects to recruit a further five members of staff by the summer. The firm has also said it is on track to reach its predicted £10m turnover by 2015 after enjoying year-on-year growth following its inception six years ago.
Nathan O’Brien, director of waste management at O’Brien’s added: “As a large company spread over different sites we need to have a fast, reliable, cost-effective IT infrastructure that is fit for purpose as the business continues to grow.
“Aspire worked closely with the IT team to understand our technical demands and they have provided us with a bespoke solution that has improved our systems and made a real difference to the group.”