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Cycling Challenge Raises Much Needed Funds For The Multiple Sclerosis Society

Posted May 2015

Phil Bird cycling up yet another steep hill (this time a cobbled road in Haworth) during the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive

The first-ever Tour de Yorkshire took in unforgiving terrain from Bridlington to Leeds by way of chilly weather and 1.2 million spectators.

Set over three consecutive days spanning the May Bank Holiday Weekend – and featuring a line-up that included Sir Bradley Wiggins – the contest was organised in the wake of last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

The feat of endurance inspired our Managing Director and keen cyclist Phil Bird to set himself his own Tour de Yorkshire Challenge. On Sunday 3 May 2015 he cycled the 88 miles non-stop of the amateur Sportive that ran alongside the pro event – raising much-needed funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

With donations currently totally £720, monies still pouring in and the ride satisfyingly completed, Phil reflects back on a fantastic experience.

“Like most people I first learned to cycle when I was very young and then pretty much stopped when I learned to drive; but I really got back into road cycling in 2012” says Phil.

“The thing I love most about it is that you get to really experience the countryside and you can make any ride as relaxed or as tough as you like.

‘I ride a Trek Madone 5.2 (for those cycling nerds out there) and try to get out at least a couple of times a week, usually into the Derbyshire hills as I’m a gluton for punishment.

‘I’ve taken on other big challenges in the past such as the London Marathon and cycling from London to Paris but this was definitely one of the toughest.

‘The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Charity is the cause I chose to support because it’s a terrible debilitating illness that can affect anyone, no matter their age, sex or general health… and there’s no cure. I also know two lovely people who are unfortunate enough to have MS so it was great to raise some money for further research.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who donated – especially my friends, family and colleagues at The PC Support Group who have supported me along the way.

‘The ride itself was a lot tougher than I imagined so it was great to make it to the end where thousands of spectators had gathered for the pro race and cheered us amateurs on.

‘I have no idea what my next challenge will be but I’m sure something will come up.”

If you have a cause close to your heart or a challenge you’re taking on, we’d love to hear more about it in the comments field below.

You can also still donate to Phil’s charity appeal at https://www.justgiving.com/Philip-Bird4/

Pro-active IT Support Taken To New Levels

Posted April 2015

Carl Sutton at workThe PC Support Group has always put investment in the best people and the best technology at the heart of everything we do.

Kaseya, for example, is our highly sophisticated support and management system, typically only deployed across large corporations, but we have brought this technology to the SME market, enabling us to be more pro-active and spot potential problems even before our customers are aware of them – and before they cause damage!

As with all software, the key to maximising its use and making the greatest gains is to ensure that staff are fully trained in its use and it’s to this end that our Remote Management and Automation Engineer, Carl Sutton, recently undertook a course specifically in advanced Kaseya techniques.

Carl has successfully passed his course exam and is now a proud member of KCA’s (Kaseya Certified Administrators). Carl is one of the small band of highly qualified Kaseya Engineers in the UK. All our superb Engineers take reactive calls from our Customers and manage any alerts that we get from our monitoring systems whilst Carl focuses on developing the scripts that do the monitoring and create those alerts. He also creates great self-healing routines where a common issue can be fixed instantly and automatically by our powerful support system.

“It’s been a very interesting time” said Carl, “involving a lot of hard work and additional hours, to understand a fantastic product that our business is so familiar with and dependent upon. During my training I have learned so much about the full capability of Kaseya and I look forward to implementing my new skills and knowledge of the system. It will also be great to help our fantastic team of Engineers to understand even more features that Kaseya offers, knowing that this will mean we can give our customers an even better service, which is something we are constantly striving for”.

Phil Bird, Managing Director of The PC Support Group added “Needless to say – investment in our staff as well as our technology pays dividends for our clients too! The developments that Carl is qualified to create will continue to further lessen IT problems for our customers as well as speeding up our reaction times to a new level of efficiency.”

Double Award Win for The PC Support Group!

Posted March 2015

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The first quarter of this year has been full of great news for us – not only have we welcomed in a lot of new clients – we’ve bagged two awards as well.

The Network Computing Awards 2015 bestowed this title on The PC Support Group during a ceremony at the Russell Hotel in London on 19th March.   The awards were decided on after months of intensive voting by customers of IT service providers.

Phil Bird, Managing Director of The PC Support Group echoed the feelings of all Management and Staff by saying “Awards like this are always special because they are based on votes from our Customers and all those business contacts of ours who believe so strongly in our technical expertise and outstanding customer service.  It’s a fabulous reward for all the hard work and efforts of our whole team.”

Event Organiser at Network Computing Magazine’s Event Organiser David Bonner said “The level of voting was highly impressive and we fully congratulate the winners.”

Network Computing Awards March 2015 - WinnerPictured (above) are Projects Director Phil Case and Brand Ambassador Pam Case receiving the award trophy from Former England cricket captain (far right), Chris Cowdrey, and Comedian and after dinner speaker, Ian Irving (far left).

In the same month we received news from AI Business Excellence that we also won their “Award for Excellence in IT Outsourcing – Merseyside”.  They say this is thanks to our “tireless work and dedication” and our “superb performance over the past 12 months”.

The 2015 Business Excellence Awards are all about identifying and honouring the most respected companies and their top level Executives, while recognising and rewarding outstanding performance, success, innovation and ethics across international business communities.

Microsoft awards SME cloud partner status to The PC Support Group

Posted March 2015

Microsoft Partner SME Cloud Solutions LogoMicrosoft has awarded the status of Partner for Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions to The PC Support Group. This achievement puts The PC Support Group in the top 5% of the Microsoft partner ecosystem and acknowledges the company’s skills in implementing and supporting Microsoft cloud technologies.

Phil Bird, MD of The PC Support Group said “Most of our clients rely on Microsoft technology and over the last few years we’ve managed to save many of them thousands of pounds by implementing Microsoft cloud solutions, such as Office 365, so we’re delighted that this has been recognised by Microsoft themselves.”

“Of course a full cloud isn’t right for every business so we’re very careful to ensure we combine cloud, onsite and hosted solutions in a way that delivers for our clients”

If you want to know more about how The PC Support Group can help you implement or deliver Microsoft cloud or other business IT solutions then email info@pcsupportgroup.com or call us on 03300 886 116.

The PC Support Group shortlised in Network Computing Awards 2015

Posted January 2015

NCawards2015finalistThe PC Support Group has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Service Provider of the Year title in the Network Computing Awards 2015. The company is one of only 8 to reached the final stages.

The finalists were selected following just over a month of intensive voting by customers of IT service providers.

Phil Bird, Managing Director of The PC Support Group said “We’re delighted to have reached the final of this prestigious award and the fact that it’s based on votes from customers makes it even more special. Providing the best IT support is only possible when you combine excellent technical knowledge with an obsessive approach to great customer service and that’s what we do so well at The PC Support Group. Receiving this accolade so early in 2015 is a great way to start the year and is a culmination of all the hard work everyone in the business put in throughout last year.”

The winner will be announced at a cermony at the Russell Hotel in London on 19th March.

How can IT Support affect the environment?

Posted July 2014

That’s the question that The PC Support Group were able to answer when we took part in the recent Green Business Showcase – part of the International Festival for Business.

Our stand is (pictured below) ready to receive the constant stream of visitors who chatted to Regional Director Marc Halstead and Brand Ambassador Pam Case to discover what we are doing to make a difference.

Green Business Showcase - International Festival for BusinessOur entire business structure significantly reduces the need for high levels of travel which in turn massively reduces our carbon emissions.

Our powerful technology sets us apart from in the world of IT Support. It enables us to fix well over 90% of problems remotely so we don’t have to waste fuel travelling to and from customer sites. Not only does this make sense for the environment but our customers get a faster, more efficient and lower cost service!

We also reduce our impact on the environment by storing all information within our sophisticated Customer Relationship Management system, massively reducing our paper usage. This increases our customer service as we can access customer information quickly and efficiently, proving again that being “green” makes business sense.

Visitors to our stand were really impressed that our no-tie-in contracts offer unlimited remote and telephone support.  They were also pleasantly surprised that for a multi-award winning company, our contracts don’t “cost the earth” either!

Wherever possible The PC Support Group also recycles paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard through the local council schemes.

The servers on which we run our internal systems are hosted at Rackspace Datacentre who provide carbon neutral hosting through tree planting. Rackspace is planting between 300-400 trees a month! Other projects from our hosting partners include the utilisation of a data centre, opened in June 2008, that utilises the latest power efficient technology and runs on environmentally friendly energy.  They also use energy efficient Dell AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon servers which have low voltage processors, SFF hard drives and DDR2 memory, meaning they consume less power than prior server models.

All of this ensures that we keep our carbon footprint to a minimum and helps our client’s become more environmentally friendly… without even realising it!

If you have any other ideas of how we can decrease our impact on the environment that we would welcome your ideas. Simply e-mail them to info@pcsupportgroup.com.

Our following is growing – come and join in

Posted April 2014

Signl, the US based company that monitors the fastest growing companies across more than 500 industries congratulated The PC Support Group this month on achieving a Top 50 ranking for Twitter Followers growth relative to our industry.

Signl2We were featured on their website for performance in Apr 2014 where we had a growth score of 100% for Twitter.

It’s not that surprising since we make a big effort to inform businesses and computer users in general of the issues they may need to know.  If there is news about new and useful technology and IT services, or a virus to protect against – we like to be first to let the public and clients know. We also provide unbiased views on other matters that impact businesses such as cloud versus in-house systems, Bring Your Own Device, remote working, etc and often dispel the myths that surround IT.

Are YOU following us?  It could well be worth your while!  Find us here: @PCSupportGroup.

The Signl report also highlighted that in the past 3 months, The PC Support Group Facebook Business Page following is up 20%.  So, if you’re a Facebook user, come and give us a ‘Like’ because you might learn something to your advantage and we love to engage with people.

Twitter Tech Table: The PC Support Group flying high

Posted March 2014

Twitter_logo_blueIf you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you follow The PC Support Group on Twitter too.

(If not, why not?)

Well, if that’s the case, you’re part of a rather select bunch.

A new report has shown that The PC Support Group is one of the most followed and high quality providing technology companies in Merseyside.

Among the numerous categories for ranking Twitter profiles, The PC Support Group was the third most mentioned and the third top account for number of retweets.

The report, compiled by Online Ventures, has led to a varied and in-depth set of statistics looking at the behaviour of social media users locally.

Many key indicators were used, such as engagement and the quality of tweets, allowing Online Ventures to develop its own ranking system specifically for the purposes of this research.

As well as having one of the most popular technology based Twitter accounts in Merseyside, the report also highlighted a number of other success stories regarding the online presence of The PC Support Group.

If nothing else these findings show what an invaluable resource within the technology industry social media can be, as it allows companies to connect with consumers and clients on a personal level, as well as increasing their brand recognition.

To read the findings of the report in full click here.

The PC Support Group, 7 Years as one of The World’s Top IT Managed Service Providers

Posted March 2014

For the 7th year The PC Support Group has been honoured in Nine Lives Media’s annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 IT managed service providers (MSPs).

The PC Support Group is one of the few IT Support providers that appeared in this globally recognised list in its inaugural year in 2008 and has appeared regularly since then.

msp501 2014“We are delighted to have been recognised on MSPmentor 501 list again” said Phil Bird, Managing Director, The PC Support Group. “As any business owner/manager knows, providing great service is not easy but to maintain it year after year is even harder. This award recognises that we continue to offer a great service to our customers as well as providing truly pro-active managed services rather than just the traditional break and fix IT support”

“We’ve invested heavily in getting the right people and the right technology to ensure our customers gain real benefits from our IT support services. Large corporations have gained such benefits for many years and it’s great to be bringing these advantages to SMEs.”

The MSPmentor 501 report (http://www.mspmentor.net/top501) is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey, conducted October-December 2013. The MSPmentor 501 report recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics

“MSPmentor congratulates The PC Support Group on this honour,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media. “Qualifying for our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts The PC Support Group in rare company.”

MSPs on this year’s global 501 list lifted their combined annual recurring revenues $2.61 billion, continuing seven straight years of strong growth. Together, those MSPs now manage more than 700,000 servers, according to Jessica Davis, managing editor, MSPmentor.

If you would like to discuss how The PC Support Group’s world class managed IT support can benefit your business then you can contact us by calling 0845 2233116 or emailing info@pcsupportgroup.com.

Simon Albert Named in MSPmentor 250 List of Top Global Executives

Posted January 2014

Simon Albert, co-founder and Operations Director of The PC Support Group, has been recognised as one of the top managed service provider (MSP) executives in the world today in the 2013 survey by US based MSPmentor. This follows on from Philip Bird, Managing Director gaining similar recognition in 2012.

The survey by Nine Lives Media (which operates MSPmentor) identified the top 250 experts, entrepreneurs and executives from across the globe within the IT managed service provider industry.

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Simon said, “This is yet another accolade for us all at The PC Support Group and shows that our pro-active approach IT support is truly world class. I’m obviously delighted to be included amongst such a fantastic team of IT professionals”

He added, “2013 was a fantastic year for us with all the main key performance indicators going up and we’re looking forward to an even better 2014.”

MSPmentor monitors IT support businesses and individuals on a worldwide basis and its readership and editorial staff are uniquely positioned to identify the world’s top MSP experts. MSPmentor is the world’s leading managed services provider blog and community—and the ultimate guide to managed services.

The complete MSP Mentor Top 250 list can be found at http://mspmentor.net/top250/2013/intro

If you would like to know more about The PC Support Group services then e-mail info@pcsupportgroup.com or fill in the ‘How can we help?’ form on the right.

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The PC Support Group has been voted the Most Loved IT Support Service in the UK, named in the Top 50 IT Service Providers in Europe, Highly Commended in the National Customer Service Awards and shortlisted for best SME IT Solution category in the Channel Network Awards’

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