Hat trick for Softcat at HP Partner Awards

Marlow, UK, 14 March 2012 – Softcat won three awards at the annual HP Partner Awards yesterday, including ‘HP Gold Partner of the Year’, the biggest award of the year.

A few hundred HP industry partners at the HP Gold Partner Event, held at Novotel London West, Hammersmith, saw the IT provider collect the top award, as well as the ‘HP Storage Partner of the Year’ award and the ‘PSG Partner of the Year’ award.

“We’ve come a long way from the Softcat that we used to be,” said Martin Hellawell, managing director of Softcat. “In the past we focused predominantly on software licensing; today we are recognised by HP as its top-performing partner in the hardware business. We have become a lot more comprehensive in what we offer: everything from managed services, including cloud-based support, to standalone technical services, covering a wide range of options for our customers. It’s great to win these awards.”

Kevin Matthews, HP’s enterprise storage, server and networking channel manager for the UK and Ireland said, “It’s easy to see why we awarded the top accolade to Softcat this year. They consistently deliver quality and an impressive mix of solutions to their customers, and they have outstanding growth figures to show for their efforts.”

Softcat is one of just a handful of UK suppliers accredited by HP as a strategic ‘Cloud Centre of Excellence’, and recently received ‘Cloud Champion’ certification from Microsoft. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, the company has also won VMware’s Partner of the Year, Dell’s UK and EMEA Partner of the Year, and Symantec Partner of the Year. In late 2011, Softcat became the first reseller to retain the Reseller of the Year award at the CRN Channel Awards in two consecutive years.

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About Softcat
Softcat is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 400 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £200 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.

The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 1,500 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.

As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.

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About SoftcatSoftcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 500 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £300 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations. The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 5,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations. As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.

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We’ve come a long way from the Softcat that we used to be. In the past we focused predominantly on software licensing; today we are recognised by HP as its top-performing partner in the hardware business. We have become a lot more comprehensive in what we offer: everything from managed services, including cloud-based support, to standalone technical services, covering a wide range of options for our customers. It’s great to win these awards.
Martin Hellawell, managing director of Softcat
It’s easy to see why we awarded the top accolade to Softcat this year. They consistently deliver quality and an impressive mix of solutions to their customers, and they have outstanding growth figures to show for their efforts.
Kevin Matthews, HP’s enterprise storage, server and networking channel manager for the UK and Ireland