Unprecedented hat-trick for Softcat at CRN Channel Awards

Marlow, UK, 16 November 2012 – Last night Softcat made history by winning CRN’s prestigious ‘Reseller of the Year’ award for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The CRN Channel Awards are the channel’s premier awards evening, which recognise the ingenuity and exceptional achievements of the UK channel industry over the past twelve months.

After each shortlisted candidate presented their entries to the judges in person, the panel – made up of IT industry figures – concluded that Softcat should receive the ‘Reseller of the Year’ award for the third year in a row. Ed Byrne presented Softcat with the ceremony’s primary reseller award in front of over 1,750 guests at Battersea Park Events Arena in London. The ‘Reseller of the Year’ award recognises “excellence in the delivery of solutions, service and support to end-user customers”.

With a determined focus on employee motivation and customer satisfaction, Softcat has continued its rapid growth in the private and public sector, this year increasing its turnover to £307m and its headcount to 500.

Softcat’s managing director Martin Hellawell commented, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for the third year in a row. As always, we have our employees’ enthusiastic commitment to upholding the Softcat standard to thank for our success. We ensure that we recruit – and keep hold of – the very best people, and constantly strive for improvement and expansion in our product and service offerings. We’re continually trying to better our performance, and achieving the ‘Reseller of the Year’ award for the third year running really reflects this.”

The CRN Channel award is just the latest in a long line of other awards and accreditations Softcat has received over the past year. Earlier this week it won two Thames Valley Business awards: 'Business of the Year' and 'Business Management Team of the Year.' It was recently awarded the Canalys Channel partner of the Year award, and earlier this year received the prestigious Citrix Gold accreditation. It also made the finals in two categories of the National Business Awards and ranked in the Sunday Times’ top ten UK ‘Great Places to Work’ (medium category).

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 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 are delighted to receive this prestigious award for the third year in a row. As always, we have our employees’ enthusiastic commitment to upholding the Softcat standard to thank for our success. We ensure that we recruit – and keep hold of – the very best people, and constantly strive for improvement and expansion in our product and service offerings. We’re continually trying to better our performance, and achieving the ‘Reseller of the Year’ award for the third year running really reflects this.
Martin Hellawell