Print.IT Reseller - issue 91

BULLETIN Aura partners with Vega Global By solidifying its relationship with Vega, one of APAC’s largest systems integrators and managed service providers, Aura will extend its capacity to expand operations in Europe and the US, as well as reach new markets in Asia, working with some of the most recognisable brands across a wide variety of sectors. “Together the combined strengths of Aura and Vega offer greater capacity to deliver the best possible service at a global level, and the opportunity to maximise the benefits of connected workspaces which support wider business objectives,” said Alpesh Unalkat, Aura’s CEO. “Across all sectors we’re seeing an ever-increasing emphasis on strategies that connect physical and digital workspaces for better productivity, collaboration and economy for improved business resilience, agility, sustainability – and ultimately profitability – even against the backdrop of a challenging economic climate.” Matthew Deayton, Deputy CEO at Vega, added: “This partnership represents the ideal opportunity for both Aura and Vega to compete and grow in the global marketplace.” Key Digital on recruitment drive North West-based Key Digital has announced the creation of an additional 14 sales positions to be filled throughout 2022. The company, which has evolved into a national managed services provider over the last decade, saw huge success during 2021 with an 85% uplift in sales and a 324% increase in sales profits. Managing Director Andy Ratcliffe said: “We have seen a great uptake across a number of areas of our business, including our core print, data capture and process automation divisions. Having proved our adapted sales model works in this climate we are ready to add to our salesforce and scale the business. This is an exciting time for Key Digital as we deliver our services to more and more customers along with welcoming 14 new sales recruits to our team.” Apogee charity fundraiser Apogee’s Christmas Charity Advent Calendar raised a total of £4,776.93 for the Rethink Mental Illness charity. The festive fundraiser, which takes place every December, gives Apogee employees a chance to buy raffle tickets in the hope of winning a fantastic host of prizes donated by Apogee’s partners and suppliers. Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, said: “We are delighted to have the support of everyone at Apogee this year. By raising much-needed funds through their advent calendar, this money will help us support people severely affected by mental illness while raising vital awareness of the importance of mental health. Thank you so much to everyone involved.” Director of Marketing Dom Gryszan, said: “Every year, we set out to beat the target of the previous fundraiser, and I am very grateful to all those who donated and supported this great cause again this year to help us hit that target. After a particularly challenging couple of years, we are especially proud to support a charity that offers so much to those affected by mental health.” Derby-based business enjoys unprecedented growth in 2021 Sage 200 business partner, PKF Smith Cooper Systems – which is part of the national accountancy firm, PKF Smith Cooper – is celebrating a year of growth and unprecedented positive activity that has seen it increase its customer base by 20% and staff headcount by 50% in 2021. The expansion was underpinned by three acquisitions, with the software company acquiring the Sage business of Price Bailey LLP, Cellular Solutions Ltd and Sci-Net Ltd within a four-month period. Despite the ongoing fluid business climate in the UK due to Brexit and COVID-19, PKF Smith Cooper Systems continues to press forward with organic growth seeing business from both new and existing clients achieve double-digit growth. The company has also made a significant investment in a best-in-class cloud phone system, doubled the size of its Newcastle office, created a whole new client services function and completed a full re-branding exercise on the back of its parent company, PKF Smith Cooper, joining the PKF network of companies. Managing Director Chris Smith, said: “Our policy on acquisitions is about doing the right deals at the right time, so we can manage the client transitions properly without compromising our existing operation. Not only have we acquired a great group of new clients this year, but we have also been delighted to welcome some amazing new staff who have fitted in superbly to our already excellent team.” BHF 100K challenge Insight Systems has pledged to support the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the charity’s 100K Challenge. Employees are planning to get the New Year off to a healthy start by completing 100K in 37 days. Individuals can walk, swim, cycle or run to hit their target and help join the fight against heart and circulatory disease. The company is aiming to raise £100 per participant. 01732 759725 6 Alpesh Unalkat Chris Smith