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Business development manager appointed as expansion takes place

Newcastle-based Activ Technology has announced the appointment of Daniel Gavin as business development manager.

Daniel, aged 25, joins from Promethean, specialist in interactive panels, where he was an education specialist, offering training and consultancy sessions to teachers.

Activ Technology, which employs 25 staff, is a managed service provider for IT and telecommunications and supplies services across the North of England and Scotland.

Daniel, from High Barnes, Sunderland, said: “I was at Promethean for over two years and worked with a range of primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges, universities and academies, primarily training customers how to use interactive panels.

“They are interactive touch screens that transform the classroom experience by providing a mix of display technology combined with lesson delivery software, enhancing student collaboration and interaction.

“It provided me with fantastic knowledge on the subject but also sparked a desire to deliver this in a business development role.

“I had this opportunity when I was appointed by Activ Technology. As well as developing new contacts and supporting the managed IT and telecommunication services, I provide an end-to-end sales cycle. For example, I handle the initial sales negotiation, project manage the installation and then train the end users on how to get the best return from their investment. This service has allowed us to secure high profile colleges.

“We have already had success with local colleges including Redcar and Gateshead where, instead of using projectors, we have installed new front of class display, in the form of interactive touch screens. I am able to tailor the system to specific requirements.”

Ian Gillespie, managing director at Activ Technology, said: “We are very ambitious and continue to grow. We have, over the last five years, developed our offering away from mobile and offer clients an integrated service that can include managed IT and telecommunication services plus a range of additional utilities.

“The introduction of the Promethean panels and onsite training is another solution that helps take time, pressure and costs away from the customer.

“We are growing our team and wish to attract high quality people who want to develop with us and can enhance our client offering.

“We have colleagues who have been with us for nearly 20 years who can pass on their skills and knowledge to young members of the team at the beginning of their career journey.”