Ar­den backs those who go the ex­tra mile to make a dif­fer­ence

Birmingham Post - - BIRMINGHAM POST BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 - Fion­nu­ala Bourke Com­mer­cial Ed­i­tor

THE na­tion­ally-recog­nised Ar­den Group is sup­port­ing the Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards by com­mend­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing on a strictly not-for-profit ba­sis – while mak­ing a huge im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

The Man­aged Ser­vice Provider, which de­liv­ers ro­bust IT and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions so­lu­tions to busi­nesses across the UK from its Na­tional Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham, is back­ing the cat­e­gory along with lux­ury life­style mag­a­zine In­spi­ra­tional Birm­ing­ham.

The Ar­den Group spe­cialises in cloud tech­nol­ogy, on­line se­cu­rity and IP voice ser­vices. It has be­come a sec­tor leader since it was founded in 2002.

Ar­den Group Sales Direc­tor Michael Gowan said: “Hav­ing been estab­lished in the com­mu­nity since 2002, we’ve worked along­side nu­mer­ous not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing those in the arts and within so­cial care.

“This has en­abled us to see first-hand the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion it takes from each in­di­vid­ual to de­liver pos­i­tive out­comes for the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity and we wanted to recog­nise the in­cred­i­ble work they do each day.”

Ar­den Group is proud of the cru­cial work they do and the so­lu­tions they pro­vide which are a valu­able part of Birm­ing- ham’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“Tech­nol­ogy is now at the route of all busi­ness and as a man­aged ser­vice provider, we un­der­stand that it’s no longer about de­liv­er­ing a phone line, in­ter­net con­nec­tion and hard­ware,” said Michael.

“It’s about de­liv­er­ing so­lu­tions that en­able a busi­ness to be­come more ag­ile, more flex­i­ble and bet­ter equipped for growth.

“Birm­ing­ham is a city where busi­ness is thriv­ing, and we are proud to be an in­te­gral part of that suc­cess.

“We are see­ing a rise in the num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing from within the West Mid­lands, which would sug­gest busi­nesses are start­ing to lo­calise their sup­port providers.

“Over 60 per cent of the cus­tomers we sup­port are now based within 15 miles of our Birm­ing­ham of­fices.”

Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards spon­sors en­joy an op­por­tu­nity to not only cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of those en­tered, but also re­flect on their own busi­ness’ past suc­cess and fo­cus on fu­ture am­bi­tions.

And Michael cer­tainly has his sights set firmly on the fu­ture for Ar­den Group.

“Cloud mi­gra­tion is a ma­jor fo­cus right now,” he said.

“If they haven’t al­ready, busi­nesses are go­ing to start defin­ing their Cloud strat­egy over the com­ing year.

“At Ar­den Group we have been work­ing closely with key cloud so­lu­tion part­ners such as Mi­crosoft and Gamma Com­mu­ni­ca­tion to en­sure we have the right tech­nol­ogy and com­pe­ten­cies in or­der to help our cus­tomer de­velop, plan and de­liver the Cloud so­lu­tions for their busi­ness.”

The count­down for this year’s much an­tic­i­pated Birm­ing­ham Post Busi­ness Awards cer­e­mony at the ICC on Novem­ber 1 is on.

More in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the event can be found on their ded­i­cated web­site www.bp­busi­nes­

For ticket en­quiries and ta­ble book­ings for the award cer­e­mony, please con­tact Devon Coverdale at Cham­pi­ons (UK) plc on 01509 85 29 27 or email dcoverdale@ cham­pi­onsuk­

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