Fast growth partner proximity achieves Shortel Gold status

Proximity Communications plc, a fast growth unified communications and managed service provider based in the Thames Valley, has achieved ShoreTel Gold Accreditation status in addition to recognition from Avaya with a ‘Partner in Customer Excellence” designation, following significant investment in technical development and training across the organisation.

Proximity Communications has now become the fastest growing partner for ShoreTel and is one of only three businesses with ShoreTel Gold Status across the whole of EMEA. That status has been achieved through sales exceeding the Gold revenue target of USD$600,000 and by meeting other detailed accreditation requirements.

Adrian Hipkiss, Vice President and Managing Director EMEA, ShoreTel says: “We are delighted to welcome Proximity to the exclusive family of ShoreTel Gold Partners. We very much look forward to expanding our relationship with Proximity in the years ahead as we grow our partner business across the EMEA region.”

Following the announcement in July of Proximity achieving Avaya Data Expert accreditation, the company has now also been recognised as a ‘Partner in Customer Excellence’ by the vendor. The accolade follows the annual Avaya Customer Satisfaction Survey, which rated Proximity highly (a score of 4.4 or higher out of a possible 5) across elements such as technical knowledge and support, understanding of the client business and overall partner relations. The designation also carries important benefits such as recognition in the Avaya Partner Locator.

Mark Jones, Networking Account Channel Account Manager, Avaya says: “Proximity Communications has an outstanding understanding of the technical and commercial benefits of our Networking portfolio with the unique ability of translating these into genuine business values that positively impact their customers. In my opinion Proximity are a perfect choice for customers wishing to develop a relationship with a partner that is a solutions focused trusted advisor.”

Darren Boyce, CEO Proximity Communications says: “Close vendor relations that enable us to deliver sound, supportive and proactive services to our customer have always been at the heart of our business. Proximity focuses on specific areas of technology that allow us to provide the best in breed with the support and skills necessary to ensure success, as opposed to tactical sales opportunities that have no long term benefits. Our customers are primarily based in the mid market and rely heavily on us to become a key part of their IT strategy and future development. We are always delighted to receive recognition and positive feedback from our partners and customers as it is testament that we must be doing something right.”

Stuart Legg, Sales and Marketing Director, Proximity Communications says: “Proximity has worked closely with ShoreTel and Avaya for a number of years and our recent success with both vendors is testament to the significant training and investment we have made within our team of engineers and support staff. Our strong relationships with our key vendors and our commitment to their technologies enables us to be experts across their product ranges and offer a significantly high level of customer service and support.”

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