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Saturday February 22 2020 01:00:41 GMT

Julian strikes a chord with Holker!

Julian strikes a chord with Holker!

Holker IT has fine-tuned its management team with the appointment of an experienced Sales Director.

We are delighted to announce that Julian Tunstall has joined the board of directors as we further upgrade our fast-growing line-up.

A classically trained pianist, Julian boasts 25 years in the IT industry, specialising in Infrastructure, Cloud and Managed Service solutions.

Tasked with sales development and maximising revenue, Liverpool-based Julian will play a pivotal role as Holker targets nationwide growth.

“Holker IT’s reputation is first class and I am absolutely delighted to have joined the team,” said Julian, a former Business and Finance student at St Helens College.

“The strong client base, skilled team and fantastic portfolio of products which have been built up over the years were all key factors in my decision, as were Holker’s ambitious plans for growth over the next few years.

“The solid foundations are already in place for an incredibly successful business and we are keen to build on that and ultimately grow the company on a national scale.

Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe added: “Julian has a wealth of experience and we are delighted to have him on board.

“This is further evidence of our commitment to our customers and our ability to provide a range of business and infrastructure solutions.

“These solutions can be delivered on-premise, co-located or hosted in one of our secure data centres for added security and peace of mind.”

Julian Tunstall (left) is welcomed to Holker IT by fellow directors Matthew Metcalfe, Jan Cook and James Dewhurst.

Fujitsu Case Study – Holker IT / Vincents Solicitors

Fujitsu Case Study – Holker IT / Vincents Solicitors

Boosting performance and availability through innovation


Established in 2000 in Garstang, UK, Vincents Solicitors has expanded quickly and today operates from seven offices across Lancashire, making it the leading legal service provider in the region. Each office is a hub of expertise in specific aspects of legal advice, including commercial law, personal injury, medical negligence, divorce and family law, conveyancing and wills & probate.


Vincents Solicitors’ ageing IT infrastructure was prone to failure, slow and no longer able to cope with the company’s growth. It wanted to find a flexible, cost-effective and high-performing alternative.


Working with local IT specialist, Holker IT, Vincents Solicitors deployed three FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2530 running VMware virtualisation in combination with a FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS AF250 All-Flash device. twelve virtual machines provide key applications and virtual desktop infrastructure for 100 thin clients.


  • Log-in times have halved and application performance has doubled
  • Availability has improved with 100 per cent uptime
  • The Fujitsu Reliability Promise for Enterprise Hardware guarantees that if there are any problems during the first year, it will refund and replace the hardware
  • Perpetual licences reduce costs of scaling out the storage

Read the full case study on the Fujitsu website by clicking here.

Holker in Pole Position!

Holker in Pole Position!

Holker IT swapped keyboards for dashboards as they pitted themselves against some of their key clients in a special Go Karting event.

In partnership with global technology giants Fujitsu, the Holker team put themselves in pole position with the Japanese firm by treating several customers to the track day at Prestige Karting in Colne, Burnley.

Chris Stanley of SB Tippers took home the top prize after narrowly pipping Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe to first place!

Matthew said: “We are always keen to find new ways to build relationships and interact with our customers.

“The day was a huge success and we are already planning more events for the future.”

Fujitsu representative Nicola El Shebasi said: “Our partnership with Holker IT continues to flourish and events like this only work to strengthen relations with clients.

“We select only our top performing partners to receive funding for marketing activities and Holker continue to set the standard.”

Holker IT were named as Fujitsu’s 2019 SMB Partner of the Year for the UK and Ireland earlier this year.

Photo (l-r): Chris Stanley, Matthew Metcalfe and Nicola El Shebasi.

Martin on ‘right track’ with Holker!

Martin on ‘right track’ with Holker!

Holker IT are moving up a gear with another high-profile appointment.

We are delighted to further strengthened our fast-expanding team with the addition of experienced Burnley-born sales expert Martin Brelsford.

Mountain bike enthusiast Martin has 15 years in the IT industry, most recently as a business development manager in Greater Manchester.

“This new role represents real career progression for me,” said Martin. “I know the people at Holker IT – a company very much on the up and didn’t need any convincing about climbing aboard. I am keen that my experience, coupled with a strong portfolio of clients, will prove of great benefit as we look to push on.”  

Martin boasts 15 years’ experience in the IT industry working across both distribution and Managed Service Providers. The 34-year-old studied at Burnley College, graduating in 2014 with a CCNA career certification from highly-regarded IT conglomerate Cisco Systems.

Holker IT Managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “Martin has a wealth of experience in the industry and his role here will be based around new business generation and the development of our key customers. These are exciting times at Holker IT and we are looking forward to welcoming more key staff in the near future.”

Martin, an avid follower of Burnley FC, now lives in Chorley with partner Catherine – a paramedic – and their children.

Photo: Martin Brelsford (left) is welcomed by Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe.

Holker strengthen with double appointment

Holker strengthen with double appointment

We have further bolstered our team with a double appointment.

Arriving at Holker are Phil Wiggans and Katie Suthers as we continue to expand our renowned IT help desk.

Phil arrives at the company with a strong background in the industry, having spent 15 years working as a Network Manager for a high school and another three with an IT support company in Preston.

A former UCLan student, Longridge-based Phil has taken on the role as a second line Support Engineer.

Katie – a former St Hilda’s and Burnley College student – joins the Holker team as Service Desk Assistant.

A keen photographer, the 27-year-old worked for a national telecommunications company, tracking stolen cars and liaising with the police, prior to working as a Field Co-ordinator in the mortgage/loan sector.

Holker IT Managing Director Matthew Metcalfe said: “We are delighted to be able to bring in two more new faces.

“The expansion reflects well on how the business is progressing, as we are always eager to further enhance our offering and levels of customer service.”

Global Glory for Holker IT!

Global Glory for Holker IT!

Holker IT has shot straight to the top of the class after earning ‘platinum status’ with a global telecommunications giant.

We are delighted to become one of only three organisations in the UK to achieve the highest possible partner level with Japanese firm Allied Telesis!

Three Holker engineers – Sam Pegg, Ash Alom and Paul Jameson – underwent a rigorous five-day training course with Allied Telesis, before completing their final exams with top marks.

Allied Telesis is a network infrastructure/telecommunications company, with headquarters in Japan and a North American base in California. Founded in 1987, it is a global provider of secure Ethernet and IP access solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of IP triple play networks over copper and fibre access infrastructure.

Chris Dyke, Senior Account Manager at Allied Telesis, said: “To have three trained engineers is a real demonstration of commitment from Holker IT and a great effort from all concerned there.

“These exams are no walk in the park, but Holker passed with flying colours to become the first company of its size to reach this standard with us. This new status will create far greater opportunities going forward and we firmly believe that having Holker onboard will prove mutually beneficial.”

Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “To achieve platinum status with a company of the standing of Allied Telesis is a huge feather in our cap and further evidence of our progression.

“We take great care in the selection, training and development of our in-house technicians and great credit to Sam, Ash and Paul for doing so well.”

Picture Caption: (l-r) Ash Alom, Chris Dyke (Allied Telesis), Sam Pegg, Matthew Metcalfe and Paul Jameson.

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