Powering through COVID-19

November 8, 2020

Managed IT service provider razorblue increases headcount by 20 per cent since the start of lockdown.

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Due to businesses increasing their investment in IT throughout the pandemic, paired with some companies being let down by other suppliers, demand for razorblue’s wide-ranging portfolio of services remains high.

To meet growing demands, razorblue continues to expand its team on a nationwide scale.

The firm – which works with a growing number of clients across the North East, including Stiller, Sports Direct, Wensleydale Creamery and BHP Law – has continued to recruit throughout lockdown, adding new roles rather than replacing them.

The team headcount is now approaching the 100 mark, with 22 new starters since March and more vacancies in the pipeline.

CEO Dan Kitchen says: “New roles continue to be added across the business, from our service desk to senior management, marketing and new business team, account management and software developers.

“It’s fantastic that we can continue bringing people into the team through a difficult period, especially as a number of our recruits were potentially facing redundancy.

“We also continue to welcome new apprentices to the team.”

Believing that there is a huge pool of talent in the area, razorblue want to promote the North East as a place for young people to pursue their careers.

Dan continues: “Technology is a fast-paced and exciting industry to be involved in. We think it is important to support young people in the early stages of their career and have several team members who have progressed to senior managerial roles with us since starting their apprenticeship.”

Earlier this year razorblue invested more than £600,000 in its new head office in Catterick.

“Our new purpose-built headquarters gives us twice as much space as we had before, allowing us to expand the team and host more customer events and demonstrations,” says Dan.

The firm has also recently acquired new office space in Edinburgh, which has expanded reach into Scotland bringing the total offices to seven with bases in Wynyard, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and London. razorblue specialises in managed IT, security services, super-fast connectivity, cloud and hosting and business software solutions across a broad range of industries.

Due to the nature of the business, the firm experienced a peak in demand for support with home- working solutions.

Dan continues: “We were already accustomed to very agile working practices – so while we haven’t learned anything groundbreaking, some of our clients have.”

With uncertainties about the future economic climate, business owners are now focusing on survival through improving efficiencies.

“The forced shift towards a more digital working environment has opened the eyes of many business owners who now acknowledge that through investing in IT services, productivity and profitability levels can be enhanced,” razorblue’s CEO adds.

“Tech, in general, allows businesses to gain efficiencies over their competitors and grow their market share, which is going to become ever more important in an economy that’s contracting, rather than growing.

“We are working closely with our clients and doing everything in our power to help secure the future of their businesses and support them through this period.”

The future of razorblue certainly looks bright with plans to continue expanding its nationwide coverage and adding more products and services to its current offering.

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