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Uniting Ambition

Uniting Ambition is the UK’s leading recruitment brand for high growth, capital invested and privately owned businesses. They provide specialist recruitment and talent management services to businesses at varying stages of growth, from start-up and medium sized enterprises through to global brands. Their customer list includes well recognised names from Just Eat, LateRooms and Missguided to Selfridges and Bet 365.

Uniting Ambition has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses by the Sunday Times: “Virgin Fast Track Top 100” in both 2012 & 2013, and now have more than 100 employees in 5 offices around the UK, situated in areas such as Birmingham and Manchester.

The IT story

Uniting Ambition established business in 2006 with only 5 PCs. As a new start-up venture they needed the best advice and support to keep IT costs to a minimum, ensuring systems worked consistently and efficiently, with the latest anti-virus and data options. Prompt PC spent minimum time onsite configuring PCs as well as recommending further valuable advice for reducing IT costs.

By November 2007, Uniting Ambition had out-grown their current IT infrastructure and required a new solution for their growing IT needs within their expanding business. Prompt PC not only focused on their current working organisation, but also their projected needs for the next 5 years, requiring the installation of a new Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and multiple workstations which would allow growth to 75 employees. During the following years Prompt PC continued to provide sound advice and support to Uniting Ambition’s IT systems, including several office moves and have been their one and only IT support company ever since. In late 2012 David Axon, Uniting Ambition’s Director for Business Operations, discussed with Andrew Eardley how Uniting Ambition was planning to grow over 200 employees over the next few years, which would exceed the limitations of their now ageing Microsoft Small Business Server. With this rapid growth of Uniting Ambition across multiple locations, Prompt PC recommended and quickly completed the switch to Microsoft Office 365 in early 2013, negating the need to spend over £20,000 supplying and installing new servers. In addition, this also removed the considerable cost of inter-connecting multiple sites and supporting these servers all around the country.

Microsoft Office 365 is not only considerably more cost effective than an on-site server based solution, but has enabled Uniting Ambition to grow without having to consider IT infrastructure, server capacities or physical locations. Office 365 even prevents the stress of worrying about data loss, as it is spread around multiple, secured Microsoft data centres, which is especially important for a data-driven business such as Uniting Ambition. This is all due to Office 365’s ability to work immediately from “out of the box” for up to 50,000 users, which can be easily added and removed – only requiring an Internet connection.

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    • Andrew Eardley

      Name: Andrew Eardley

      Position: Managing Director

      Microsoft Certified Professional – fully experienced server and Office 365 Gold accredited engineer. A Microsoft Sales Professional and Acronis Certified Engineer. Andrew can resolve any technical issues if required. Provides director level consultancy advising on clients’ IT strategies and developments to move businesses forward smartly.

    • Jean Eardley

      Name: Jean Eardley

      Position: Financial Director

      Responsible for accounts, administration and marketing. Jean has employed her former teaching career skills in this role to ensure the internal admin systems run smoothly and efficiently. She is always just a call away for any customer queries.

    • Jon Elson

      Name: Jon Elson

      Position: Helpdesk Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional. Jon is an extremely reliable telephone and remote support engineer. He has extensive knowledge of Office 365 and day-to-day computer problems and most of the time he is the only person you will need to speak to for your problem to be quickly resolved.

    • Simon Cotton

      Name: Simon Cotton

      Position: Field Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Engineer. Providing desktop and server support both in the field and from our offices keeps Simon’s excellent customer service skills employed. He is a key player in rolling out new servers, desktops and Office 365 at clients’ sites.

    • Glenn Evans

      Name: Glenn Evans

      Position: Project Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional. Following a 20 year highly successful teaching career in secondary school Maths, Glenn’s extremely logical mind is invaluable in solving problems that go beyond the everyday remit. He will labour quietly in the background to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

    • Connie Floyd

      Name: Connie Floyd

      Position: Accounts and Administration

      Top grade A-Levels. Connie works full-time at Aston Martin and then uses her excellent administrative skills to help us with invoicing and contract renewals. She does a fantastic job in making sure we are kept on our toes in keeping customers updated with their important information too.

    • Matthew Stanyer

      Name: Matthew Stanyer

      Position: Communications Engineer

      An expert in VoIP phone systems and broadband technologies. Currently studying for Microsoft Office 365 exams. Matt’s industry training has been gained from employment in fast-paced technical industries coupled with 12 years armed forces experience as a communications expert. Having undertaken two active military tours of Afghanistan and Cyprus (where he was a key protector of the Pope), has ensured that Matt consistently presents a cool, calm, structured approach to dealing with all customer issues.

    • Callum Bloore

      Name: Callum Bloore

      Position: Apprentice Engineer

      Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to the working world, Callum certainly brings a fresh and enthusiastic approach to our office. Currently studying for his first professional IT exams. You’ll often find him on the other end of the phone when you give us a call, he always does a great job of making sure your problem is dealt with in the best possible way.

  • Andrew Eardley

    Name: Andrew Eardley

    Position: Managing Director

    Microsoft Certified Professional – fully experienced server and Office 365 Gold accredited engineer. A Microsoft Sales Professional and Acronis Certified Engineer. Andrew can resolve any technical issues if required. Provides director level consultancy advising on clients’ IT strategies and developments to move businesses forward smartly.

  • Jean Eardley

    Name: Jean Eardley

    Position: Financial Director

    Responsible for accounts, administration and marketing. Jean has employed her former teaching career skills in this role to ensure the internal admin systems run smoothly and efficiently. She is always just a call away for any customer queries.

  • Jon Elson

    Name: Jon Elson

    Position: Helpdesk Engineer

    Microsoft Certified Professional. Jon is an extremely reliable telephone and remote support engineer. He has extensive knowledge of Office 365 and day-to-day computer problems and most of the time he is the only person you will need to speak to for your problem to be quickly resolved.

  • Simon Cotton

    Name: Simon Cotton

    Position: Field Engineer

    Microsoft Certified Engineer. Providing desktop and server support both in the field and from our offices keeps Simon’s excellent customer service skills employed. He is a key player in rolling out new servers, desktops and Office 365 at clients’ sites.

  • Glenn Evans

    Name: Glenn Evans

    Position: Project Engineer

    Microsoft Certified Professional. Following a 20 year highly successful teaching career in secondary school Maths, Glenn’s extremely logical mind is invaluable in solving problems that go beyond the everyday remit. He will labour quietly in the background to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

  • James Davies

    Name: James Davies

    Position: Marketing

    Top grade A-Levels in Computing and Design. Currently studying for Microsoft exams. James has a brilliant mix of fantastic written and high level technical skills. He can turn his hand to most jobs, regularly helping with PC upgrades/services as well as writing superb material for our blogs and information articles.

  • Connie Floyd

    Name: Connie Floyd

    Position: Accounts and Administration

    Top grade A-Levels. Connie works full-time at Aston Martin and then uses her excellent administrative skills to help us with invoicing and contract renewals. She does a fantastic job in making sure we are kept on our toes in keeping customers updated with their important information too.

  • Matthew Stanyer

    Name: Matthew Stanyer

    Position: Communications Engineer

    An expert in VoIP phone systems and broadband technologies. Currently studying for Microsoft Office 365 exams. Matt’s industry training has been gained from employment in fast-paced technical industries coupled with 12 years armed forces experience as a communications expert. Having undertaken two active military tours of Afghanistan and Cyprus (where he was a key protector of the Pope), has ensured that Matt consistently presents a cool, calm, structured approach to dealing with all customer issues.

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