Technology Reseller v65 09 CHANNEL NEWS Rymountaineers smash fund-raising target A team of 14 employees from stationery and office supplies retailer Ryman has raised more than £6,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation after climbing Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon) in Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd. So far, the Ryman team has raised £4,052, more than four times its original target of £1,000. An additional donation from The Theo Paphitis Trust of up to £200 per volunteer has increased the total amount raised for the charity to more than £6,000. rymountaineers ······ Exertis publishes first DE&I report The international Exertis Group (DCC Technology) has published its first annual DE&I report, detailing the actions it has taken to foster an inclusive working culture across its businesses. Highlights include the creation of multiple Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the group’s US, UK, Nordic, Dutch and Canadian businesses, which is helping to promote understanding between key communities, as well as greater engagement with DE&I in general, with 18% more employees than last year participating in this year’s annual internal DE&I survey. ······ ISO success for Inform Billing Billing solutions provider Inform Billing is celebrating the achievement of both ISO9001 and ISO27001 certification for its quality management and information security management systems. Managing Director Shaun Bodsworth said: “We are thrilled to have achieved this significant milestone. These certifications demonstrate our commitment to providing our clients with reliable, secure and top-tier services while maintaining a strong focus on quality and continuous improvement.” Established in 2010, Inform Billing provides billing services to over 300 UK resellers. In September, it introduced a new Automated MSP Billing Solution to streamline subscription management for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). ······ Mdee golf day raises money for charity On September 14, Mdee, the mobile airtime and services distributor of BT and EE products, brought together more than 70 mobile industry professionals for a day’s golf at The Warwickshire. Sponsored by Jamf, TCL, Renewd, Data Select and BT/ EE, the event raised more than £700 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Sean Cottrell from EVAD beat golf pro Jason Powell to win the top prize of a two-night stay in a spa hotel plus £150 towards food. Second prize of a game of golf went to Jamie Cottle from Camrol, a customer of Midland Communications, a trading arm of Mdee. • ······ Salvation Army wants your old devices SATCoL, the business arm of The Salvation Army, is encouraging businesses to dispose of unwanted IT equipment such as laptops, PCs, phones and tablets, through its relaunched secure Data Destruction service, now called IT Reuse. The free service securely destroys all data on devices to UK Police standard HMG Infosec Standard 5 before repurposing them for resale through SATCoL’s 240 UK retail outlets and dedicated e-commerce platform. The service is fully funded by SATCoL, with all profits donated to The Salvation Army for charitable activities. ······ Rising to the challenge Managed workplace services provider Apogee has helped raise thousands of pounds for cancer charity Teens Unite by encouraging employees to boost their activity levels and by making a donation for everyone who took up the challenge. Participants in Apogee’s Active Challenge were encouraged to walk, run, cycle and swim as much as possible in August and September and track their activity on fitness app Strava, with prizes offered to teams and individuals who raised the most money and covered the greatest distance. Over nine weeks, 23 teams of Apogee employees, friends and family covered a total of 31,714.3 kilometres, raising more than £6,000 for Teens Unite. ······ Nikki Baxter Challenge Cups raises hundreds of pounds for WaterAid Three Hertfordshire-based businesses have jointly raised £665 for WaterAid at a charity golf day held at the John O Gaunt golf club in Sandy, Bedfordshire. Teams from managed print services provider First Class Business Solutions (FCBS), DocuWare Platinum Partner Elite Document Solutions and workplace technology provider United Client Services (UCS) competed for the inaugural Nikki Baxter Challenge Cup, named after the late wife of FCBS Managing Director Adrian Baxter. In her lifetime, Nikki was an active fund-raiser for good causes including the international water charity. FCBS Lease Manager Clark Baxter, who organised what is set to become an annual competition, said: “WaterAid is a charity that Nikki supported, and although I highly doubt she would have chosen golf to do it, I am sure she would be extremely happy to see so much money raised for such a great cause.” The Nikki Baxter Challenge Cup was won by FCBS, with individual prizes going to Lee Waddingham from UCS (individual winner), Paul Brigden from Elite Document Solutions (longest drive) and Paul Heywood and Olly Smalley from FCBS (closest to the pin). The funds raised for WaterAid include a £300 donation from Sharp UK.