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: www.mshsummit.com.

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. (www.ezytreev.com)
  • ibcs – Business Centre Management Software used in over 120 business and conference centres. (www.ibcs-software.com)
  • CLARITY CORE – Science Park, Innovation and Incubation Centre Software used in over 100 sites. (www.clarity-core.com

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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