Record results sees Gateshead-based Aspire top £6m in sales

IT services firm Aspire Technology Solutions, in Gateshead, have seen sales rise for a seventh consecutive year

The directors of Aspire outside their Heworth Hall head office
The directors of Aspire outside their Heworth Hall head office

A Technology solutions company has announced it has increased turnover by almost 60% in the last 12 months to achieve record results for a seventh consecutive year.

Gateshead-based Aspire Technology Solutions saw sales increase by 58% in 2013, from £3.8m to over £6m, and directors are bullish in predicting growth of at least 30% for 2014.

Since forming eight years ago Aspire has secured business with some of the region’s leading names including O’Briens Waste Management, Sunderland PCT, Durham County Council, Potts Print and Jan Forster Estates.

Last year it added a number of significant regional and national contracts to their client base, including the Labour Party who have enlisted the business to power the party through the next General Election.

The deal involves the firm providing new computers for Labour’s two head offices in Westminster and Newcastle, as well as offices in Scotland, Wales and across the UK, and a visualisation project to centralise some back office functions.

Managing director Nigel Begg said: “I am delighted that the company is continuing to grow at such a significant rate. Just as importantly, our client retention rate remains at over 98% and we have also attracted many new clients both in the UK and Europe.

“We remain intensely focused on outstanding technical delivery, service and support as well as helping our clients to make significant cost savings.

“In the last year we have helped clients save up to 30% on their IT budgets.

“We have also seen an increased demand for fully managed services and now effectively provide an outsourced IT department for many businesses across the UK, from start-ups up to multi-nationals all applying the same best of breed technology to their businesses.

Aspire, which was established in 2006, saw employee numbers rise by more than 25% to 50 during the period and expects technical and service recruitment to increase by a further 15% in the next 12 months to support continued planned growth.

Sales director Michael Errington added: “We are a people business and much of our success can be attributed to the talented team. In the last 12 months we have continued to attract the most experienced technologists from the region and beyond to work at Aspire.”

The company whose head office has been located in a landmark listed building on Shields Road since November 2011 also has offices in London.

Specialising in managed networks, data centre solutions and traditional IT support, the firm is opening a £1.1m, 3,500 sq ft data centre at its head office, having worked in partnership with Dixon Dawson Chartered Architects and Gateshead Borough Council to locate the new facility on the same site, significantly increasing capacity to support its growth plans.

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