Marlow, UK, 04 October 2013 – Softcat has achieved HP’s highest possible accreditation through an on-going concerted resource and training investment. The Platinum accreditation follows a year that has seen Softcat’s revenues leap to £400 million, with HP recognising Softcat for its sales delivery, awarding the reseller with its Enterprise Group Excellence Award for EMEA, and Gold Partner of the Year award for the second year running.
There are just eight Platinum accredited HP resellers. The Platinum accreditation is reserved to recognise partners who show expertise across the board with HP. To achieve the accreditation, partners must demonstrate technical and sales excellence in personal systems, printers, servers, storage, security, networking and software, in addition to consistently meeting HP’s sales targets.
Peter Smith, Softcat’s HP enterprise group business manager, said: “I’m delighted that HP has officially recognised our investment in this partnership. Over the past year we’ve trained 50 sales staff and 25 technical engineers in order to get them to the top level of HP expertise. This distinguishes us from our competitors in the channel and gives our customers increased confidence – they know that when they buy HP through Softcat, they’re getting sales and technical support with industry leading expertise. The Softcat–HP partnership is stronger than ever, and it’s our customers who see the benefits.”
Colin Brown, managing director said, “I’m thrilled with the accreditation, but we’re not getting complacent; HP is a long-established partner and it’s important that we maintain our expertise on their products.” He added, “Our staff have done us proud by achieving brilliant results in the training exams they have taken, which has enabled them to sell and support the entire HP range. It’s been worth the investment to be able to give our customers added confidence in our services.”
Softcat won the HP enterprise Group Excellence Award for EMEA as a result of increased revenues across the portfolio. This year’s partner awards also include Red Hat’s ‘Stronger Together’ award, Sophos’ Mid-Market Partner of the Year and Mimecast’s Premier Partner of the Year.
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by the then chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs 600 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £400 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 8,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.