IT Services

GCI takes Duke of Edinburgh to the cloud

The world's largest achievement awards scheme, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, enrolled leading IT services provider and Bondholder GCI to transform its IT infrastructure.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, which equips more than one million young people for life and work each year, is now kitted out with a cloud and connectivity-based solution. The Foundation is now able to offer remote desktop-hosted working from any of its four offices.

Mike Health, the Foundation's Head of Information Management, said: "By moving to GCI's cloud, we've definitely improved the physical security aspects of our technology, alongside many other benefits."

Phil Hambly, Chief Marketing Officer at GCI, said: "Working collaboratively, we helped transform the technology environment, but the scheme itself is the real star of the show for the transformational effect it has on young lives."

Bondholder GCI also agreed on a five-year contract with the Foundation to provide a high-speed connection and back-up connection installation.

GCI brings potential jobs to Derby

Bondholder IT services company GCI has acquired Manchester-based Outsourcery last month after it went into administration.

Acquiring the business - which was co-founded by Dragons' Den star Piers Linney - saved about 100 jobs of which some could be hired into Derby offices.

What we’ve done is put the best of Outsourcery with the best of GCI.
— Phil Hambley, Chief Marketing Officer of GCI

GCI's Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Hambley, said: "We're going through the detail of ensuring the integration of the organisation is on a solid commercial footing."

He added that the acquisition wasn't a gamble for the company: "What we've done is put the best of Outsourcery with the best of GCI."

Chief Executive Adrian Thirkill said: Outsourcery has some great underlying characteristics. It has some very talented people, a strong Skype for Business capability, an impressive customer base, some well-engineered platforms and lots of potential."

Wayne Martin, GCI's founder and chairman, called the purchase 'another well-considered step in GCI's journey'. He added: "Our raison d'être has always been about building an integrated, disciplined and tech-savvy organisation."

Sean Price joins RDS as director

Sean Price (left) and Andrew Flinn, CEO of RDS Global

Sean Price, former owner of iBox Security, has joined Bondholder RDS Global as Director of Software Development.

RDS Global was established in 1997, originating from the IT Department of Derby-based automotive dealer group, Pentagon. The company went through a MBO in November 2013 and merged with Future Technologies last year. It now has over 4,000 customers and employs around 40 people at its Derby head office and out of a satellite office in Filey, North Yorkshire and offers consultancy, hosting services, software and networks, as well as CCTV and telephony.

Sean said: "As the newly appointed director of software development and communications, I will be working closely with a fantastic and experienced team of technical support staff and developers. I join at an exciting time for RDS, a company whose ambitions and ethos matched that of my own. I very much look forward to being part of the board, delivering a higher quality of service and product as we progress into the future."

Price will re-start his Coding Club - an after school session for children run with Derby City Council - through his new position.

GCI assembles new leadership team

Bondholder GCI has announced two senior appointments to complete its leadership team including a new Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Mike Ayres will be joining the firm as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) after previously working as Managing Director Business Markets (UK) at Easynet and later Senior Vice President Strategic Channel at Interoute.

Phil Smith joins GCI as Chief Operating Officer (COO) after previously working at CGI and Capgemini and comments: "I believe the team at GCI is primed and ready to take things to the next level. I also believe that in a progressively commoditised sector, GCI will serve our customer better by developing an increasingly proactive and consultative approach."

Adrian Thirkill, CEO at GCI, said: "We now have a full exec team from CEO to CMO and it's a capable blend of experienced new joiners and proven GCI seniors. Collectively, the leadership team shares the single vision of realising GCI's full potential and supporting our people, customers, partners and alliances to the absolute best of our ability. More simply, we now have the right people on the bus and we'll now pull together to keep GCI not only pointing in the right direction... but together we will accelerate its growth."

IT consultancy moves to bigger base

Bondholder and IT consultancy firm Economit has moved to a bigger base and taken on new staff as business continues to grow.

Formed in September 2011, the firm has now taken a lease on larger premises, The Colour Shed, at Darley Abbey Mills, to cope with expansion.

The company's work focuses on providing digital transformation services which include everything from IT infrastructure and networking to mobile technologies and unified communications, all strategically integrated with saving costs and improving process efficiencies in mind, hence the name Economit.

Since it started the company has achieved savings of more than £1.5m for clients – mainly in the leisure, professional services, and distribution and manufacturing sectors across The Midlands.

Before leaving the previous office, Economit recruited two new staff – Charlotte Clifford as project co-ordinator, and Rob Marshall as principal consultant who can go into companies as an IT director.

Since moving the company has recruited Nick Briars as head of project delivery.

Now the company is looking to take on an associate consultant and an apprentice administrator.

As part ofits growth and development the company recently achieved ISO 9001, a quality management standard accreditation.

GCI move into World Heritage Site

Bondholder Company GCI have officially moved into their new offices, located in the picturesque Darley Abbey Mills.

Dating back to the 1700s, the newly refurbished Grade 1 listed Mills became home to GCI following a substantial £1.2 million investment. The computer technology firm currently employs over 200 staff nationally, with many located in Derby and working in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

GCI's move into the 5,000 sq ft offices was brokered by Bondholder agents Salloway Property Consultants.

The Mills have now become home to a number of Bondholder companies including, Brewer Science, Economit, Stimulating Minds and The Birchover Residences.

To mark their move the company will be throwing an official opening event on Thursday 3rd December at 4:30pm. This is your chance to meet the team for a few nibbles, drinks, and product demonstrations.

To register your interest to attend, please click here