Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019!

Another year has flown by and very soon we’ll be enjoying Christmas puddings, yule logs and mince pies galore!

As the festivities approach, our Christmas opening hours will be as follows:

Christmas Opening Hours 

17th Dec – Fri 21st Dec: 8am to 6pm
24th Dec: 8am to 3pm
25th -26th Dec: CLOSED
27th-28th Dec: 9am to 5pm
31st Dec: 9am to 5pm
1st Jan: CLOSED
2nd-4th Jan: 8am to 6pm

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Best wishes from all ra.


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Our first exhibit stand at the Sheffield Business Show

The Sheffield Business Show; a very worthwhile event to be involved with

We were delighted to attend and exhibit at our first Sheffield Business Show on 15th November at Bramall Lane  in the Platinum Suite where we have enjoyed many a match ball sponsor event, as part of our ongoing sponsorship of SUFC.  The venue was perfectly suited to this type of business show, and if you haven’t been to this event before then we highly recommend you check out the schedule to give you an idea of what you could expect from attending in the future.

Jake Taylor (Telecoms and Infrastructure Engineer) and Vicki Grove (Marketing Manager) manned the stand and talked to a multitude of local businesses across a wide, varying range of sectors.  They were very impressed by the show and even went as far to say it was one of the best ra has exhibited at in terms of the brilliant turnout and the calibre of the event itself.

What you could find on the ra exhibit

On display, as seen on the photograph to the right, was all the latest telephony hardware and our brand new digital signage offering.  Our most important objective is displaying actual hardware we supply to our existing clients to give prospective clients a genuine snapshot of what we can potentially provide for them.  Jake was kept busy demonstrating all the hardware was capable of to various interested people at the event.  Delegates were very interested in all the services and products on display. The team handed out a huge number of IT and telephony brochures, digital signage flyers and not forgetting a lot of chocolates!

If you look closely, you’ll spot ‘Captain Fantastic’ aka Billy Sharp scoring a goal in front of our ra Telecom pitch board!

Competition Winner

We held a competition to win a £20 Amazon voucher which was won by a gentleman from a law firm in Chesterfield. We notified the winner and sent the prize shortly after so a big congrats to them!

We’ll be back

If you’re looking for second to none, local IT and telephony support services then keep an eye out for ra Information Systems at future shows in the area.

We hope to exhibit at the business show again in 2019, so see you there!


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ra wins ‘Highly Commended’ at the MSH Summit Awards!

A brilliant day was had by all at the MSH Summit & Awards

We attended the MSH Summit 2018 at Bishopsgate in London on 19th September, and were very impressed by the level of content presented.  From marketing through to the latest IT network and security developments, the MSH Summit delivered thorough and relevant presentations.

About the MSH Summit, in their own words

“The Managed Services & Hosting Summit is firmly established as the leading Managed Services event for the UK IT channel. Now in its ninth year, the Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2019 aims to provide insights into how managed services continues to grow and change as customer demands expand suppliers into a strategic advisory role, and the pressures for compliance and resilience impact the business model at a time of limited resources. Managed Service Providers, other channels and their suppliers can evolve new business models and relationships, but are looking for advice and support as well as strategic business guidance.

The Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2019 features conference session presentations by major industry speakers and a range of sessions exploring both technical and sales/business issues. Regarded by previous attendees as one of the most useful features, the summit will also provide extensive networking time for delegates to meet with potential business partners. The unique mix of high-level presentations plus the ability to explore and debate the related business issues with sponsors and peers across the industry makes this a must-attend event for any senior decision maker in the IT channel.” Source:

To read further about the summit, please click here.

ra awarded ‘Highly Commended’

At the end the summit, the inaugural MSH Summit Awards took place.  ra was awarded ‘highly commended’ for ‘Best Vertical Market Managed Service Solution.’  (A live action shot of the finalists being announced is on the right, as taken by our Marketing Manager Vicki Grove!) We were delighted to be recognized within this category with the other finalists!

Earlier in the year, ra celebrated 30 successful years of operating within the IT industry since 1988 so receiving this accolade at the MSH Summit was a very positive experience all round!

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ra celebrates 30 successful years in business…

Where we began in 1988

Initially ra started life in 1988 as a software house, writing bespoke software, predominantly for local authorities. As we built relationships with our clients they wanted more from us and it quickly became apparent that there was a gap in the market for a company able to provide IT support and solutions. We therefore setup an IT Services division to complement the existing software development business and over the years the two parts of the company have complemented each other with customers regularly becoming clients of both sides of the business. In 2008 ra outgrew its Sheffield premises and relocated to its current location, ra House, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Where we are now

As of today, ra has grown to become a leading IT company providing its services throughout the UK and wider Europe.  ra’s growth has strategically been aimed towards providing expertise in all areas of IT and telephony. The company now has its own:

  • In-house helpdesk of IT experts – all 1st line support
  • Two in-house software development teams
  • IT/infrastructure/telephony specialists
  • Admin, sales and marketing teams

Whilst IT support and infrastructure specialisms underpin the company’s service offering, ra has also created and developed three thriving software management solutions:

  • ezytreev – Tree, TPO & Asset Management Software now used in over 100 councils, universities and housing associations across the UK and Ireland. (
  • ibcs – Business Centre Management Software used in over 120 business and conference centres. (
  • CLARITY CORE – Science Park, Innovation and Incubation Centre Software used in over 100 sites. (

A comment from Annette Dabbs

Commenting on this anniversary, Annette Dabbs, Director says, “What a milestone to reach 30 successful years in business! It really is hard to believe but good to look back over the years at how we have developed and grown as a company, both in personnel, the breadth of expertise they bring, and the services we provide. Something well worth celebrating.”

ra has achieved all of the above, throughout recessions and changing Governments, whilst moving forward alongside huge technological advancement. Overcoming these challenging factors to becoming the company ra is today is why this momentous 30th year in business is a cause for major celebration!

A thank you

Finally, ra would like to convey a huge thank you to all their existing clients for their highly valued custom over the years.  Here’s to the next 30 years!

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