An innovative partnership forged in 2014, between technology company, IT@Spectrum and unified communications and IT support specialists, The One Point, is paying dividends
At the beginning of this year, the two firms moved into new purpose-built offices at the Bridgehead business park close to the iconic Humber Bridge and motorway connections. The new building is a showcase for innovation, mobilisation and digitisation, with technical excellence, sales and engineering support, all under one roof.
The sister businesses created a state-of-the-art working environment at the offices branded The View, where their key teams work together seamlessly to offer a compelling package of IT managed services to a combined client base of more than 1,200 organisations.
In just three months, more than 500 people have taken up the partner businesses’ open invitation to visit the new headquarters and ‘come and see’ how to harness technology to drive growth, establishing the offices as a business. A wide range of customers, business organisations and other groups have come along to the offices which have been purpose-designed to encourage collaboration and enable clients to experience a ‘living showroom’ where they can see print and office automation systems in action.
The offices have hosted meetings by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership; For Entrepreneurs Only, the East Yorkshire business network for local owner/managers; and the Bondholders marketing organisation which promotes the Humber, among many others.
Ken Sturdy, Managing Director, IT@ Spectrum said: “We’ve opened our doors and welcomed in lots of people. We’re showing the latest technology in action and we’re practising what we preach.”
He added: “It’s been a revolving door – every single day people are coming in to visit us and make use of the facilities in a variety of ways. We always say this place is open to our customers, potential customers, suppliers and friends and that’s a lot of people. Our messages is ‘come and see – you’re very welcome and you might well learn something’.”
The ad-hoc visits have now developed into an ever-growing calendar of meetings, training sessions, networking opportunities and business development events at The View.
The events calendar features quarterly ‘Tech Talks’ focused on helping businesses to utilise technology to drive growth. The first of the Tech Talks series will take place at The View during Humber Business Week and will help companies to organise and utilise profitably the vast amount of data generated within their businesses.
Martin Lauer, Managing Director, The One Point, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response to our invitation to pay us a visit, find out what we do and how we do it, and make use of the facilities here.
“We’ve now developed that engagement into an extensive calendar of one-off, monthly and quarterly events. The View has effectively become a business destination, with some of the region’s most influential organisations routinely making use of our offices,” he added.
A compelling package
The View has been purpose-designed to cement the strategic partnership between IT@Spectrum and The One Point, with key teams working together seamlessly to offer a compelling package of office technology services.
The offices also enable formal and informal meetings with customers and prospective customers, or companies and other groups that simply want to see the latest technology being used to deliver efficiency and productivity.
“The feedback has been really positive,” Lauer said. “So many people want to come and look around, see what we’re doing and use the space and the technology we have here.”
“One of the best things is that they get to meet our teams,” he added. “They get to see we have happy, highly professional and capable people, proud of what they do and there is no veil of secrecy. They can go and sit with the people in finance and with our support and sales teams. They don’t just get shepherded into the boardroom, they have an access-all-areas pass.”
Sarah Downing, Head of Marketing at the Bondholders which used The View for its latest Board meeting, said: “It was a pleasure to use The View. The offices are really impressive, the facilities are excellent and the location is so convenient.
“It’s a really positive move by IT@ Spectrum and The One Point to make their offices available to so many visitors and reflects the forward-thinking approach they take to developing links with businesses across the region and the community general,” she added.
Businesses and other organisations can visit and use The View free of charge and without obligation. The invitation includes free use of audio visual equipment and video conferencing, with refreshments also available.