Over 80 people attended the 18th Datasharp Annual Conference at the St Pierre Hotel and Country Club in Chepstow. Throughout the day speakers included Siemens, Nortel, Samsung and Voicenet all of whom stressed the value of the Datasharp partnership – launching specific Datasharp incentives and highlighting their future roadmaps for the Group. Numerous suppliers’ awards were presented to Group members including Best SMB Achievement, Best Solution Sale and the Highest Volume of Sales. Together with Hosted and Network Services figures being confirmed as an outstanding success, a huge investment in staff and a 19% increase in turnover – there really was a lot to celebrate!
Roy Carter, previously Datasharp UK’s Operations Director, was also announced as the new MD for Datasharp UK Limited. As Roy commented, “I am absolutely delighted. To be appointed as MD for such a successful and progressive company as Datasharp is fantastic. I have been in telecoms for many years and already have solid relationships with many people in the industry as well as the companies in the Group. Datasharp is clearly going from strength to strength – the mixture of expert support and our portfolio truly is proving to be a winning combination for all of our members. Our Hosted Services offering is outstanding – we have in-house experts and after successful trials we are now flying with it. Hosted Services is already making a lot of our members a lot of money!”
Paul McIntosh, CEO Datasharp UK, was keen to explain on the day, “These events are highly important to the success of Datasharp – working together is our strength. We strive to hold an event that busy sales people actually look forward to attending, learn a lot from and are entertained by all at the same time. Our members enjoy the support, the knowledge and portfolio we can offer them – it’s why we’ve been so successful. The atmosphere is fantastic and it’s great for members to meet each other and our suppliers in both a formal and, later in the evening, very informal way!”
Paul Morgan, Siemens Sales Director, VAR channel, “This has been a great event – impeccably organised and very enjoyable. The Datasharp Principals are a forward thinking group of entrepreneurs and Siemens is delighted to have been associated with them for over 20 years.”
“Datasharp’s Annual Conference has been an excellent event” affirmed Tony Bailey, head of Nortel’s UK and Ireland channels “Our relationship with Datasharp continues to be very successful culminating in Datasharp winning our SMB award at our EMEA event in Lisbon. Datasharp is a very strong name in the SMB market and one that is synonymous with technical quality, service and performance, playing a key role amongst SMB businesses.”
Kevin Barker from Samsung commented “As always it was a pleasure to present at the Datasharp Annual Meeting – it’s obvious The Datasharp Group are set for really impressive growth and Samsung look forward to continued success after launching their Office OS7100 IP PBX.”
After dinner and entertainment in the evening McIntosh concluded, “This has been yet another fantastic meeting – with consolidation being the key word. We have a proven outstanding portfolio and are truly excelling in network and hosted services. I would highly recommend any reseller out there who wants an exceptional portfolio with expert backing to get in touch with Datasharp. The awards and accreditations that every member of the Group benefits from are outstanding together with unrivalled discounts and start rates. I am very grateful to all our manufacturers and suppliers and the Principals who helped to make this event memorable.”
As Michael Dixon, owner of Datasharp Telephony Solutions, confirms “Today has been fantastic. Datasharp’s professionalism and expertise really shows. I am delighted to be associated with such a strong company – their continued commitment to being the best allows my office to sell into companies, which would have been impossible without such powerful accreditations and overall back up.”