Softcat does the double at Thames Valley Business Awards

Marlow, UK, 16 November 2012 – In an unprecedented award-winning week for Softcat, the IT reseller has now collected the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ accolade and the RBS ‘Business Management Team of the Year’ award at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, marking the company out as the most successful and dynamic business in the Thames Valley, with a truly innovative and forward-thinking management team.

The awards were presented last night at an elegant black-tie dinner at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Reading’s Madejski Stadium. Martin Stanford of Sky News hosted the dinner, and Hilary Devey, of Dragons’ Den fame, presented the awards to Softcat.

Martin Hellawell, Softcat’s managing director, commented: “Having been nominated for two key Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, we didn’t think this week could get any better, so we are thrilled to have won both. As a business we put a lot of energy into our social and charity commitments and I’m pleased that the Business of the Year award acknowledges those efforts. And obviously I’ll now be expecting an endless stream of innovative ideas from our ‘Business Management Team of the Year’ – they’ve got a lot to live up to!”

The Business of the Year award recognises the most successful businesses in the Thames Valley in terms of their profitability, innovation and employment. It also takes into account the contribution made to the local economic community, and the provision of support to culture and charities in the region. The Thames Valley is home to hundreds of the UK’s manufacturing companies and high technology industries, ensuring rigorous competition each year for each awards category.

The Business Management Team of the Year award is only given to the most outstanding management teams in the Thames Valley, and rewards those teams who have either helped to create a successful business, or who have managed or led a successful deal or venture.

The double win tops off a whirlwind week for Softcat, in which the company was a finalist for two National Business Awards, won ‘Large Supplier or Major VAR of the year’ at the UK IT Industry Awards and won the coveted Channel Awards ‘Reseller of the Year’ for an unprecedented third year in a row.

For more information please contact:

Mary Stringer

Resonates SLM Ltd

Tel: 44 (0) 1635 898 390

softcat@resonates.com

www.resonates.com

About Softcat

Softcat (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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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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Having been nominated for two key Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, we didn’t think this week could get any better, so we are thrilled to have won both. As a business we put a lot of energy into our social and charity commitments and I’m pleased that the Business of the Year award acknowledges those efforts. And obviously I’ll now be expecting an endless stream of innovative ideas from our ‘Business Management Team of the Year’ – they’ve got a lot to live up to!
Martin Hellawell