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.”
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
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
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.
Technology specialist Holker IT has received national recognition from global IT giants Fujitsu.
Celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, we have been named ‘SMB Partner of the Year’ at Fujitsu’s annual ‘World Tour’ awards ceremony in London.
We were delighted to beat competition from companies right across the UK and Ireland to scoop the top prize by tripling our revenue on Fujitsu products and services from the previous year.
Fujitsu Account Manager Nicola El Shebasi said: “Holker was
selected as our stand-out partner in 2019 due to its phenomenal revenue growth
over the last 12 months. A 300% growth rate is very impressive and further testament
towards their ongoing commitment to selling the Fujitsu brand.
“The team at Holker has secured some huge contracts this
year, in particular providing servers and all flash storage systems, so the award
is fully-deserved. We now look forward to our partnership with Holker delivering
yet more success for both firms.”
Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “The
award is a real team effort. Full credit to all the staff here because it’s
their collective hard work that has helped achieve this recognition.
“We pride ourselves on our partnership with Fujitsu and I
can only see our relationship going from strength to strength.”
Holker IT has struck a business partnership with Lancashire law firm Vincents Solicitors.
We have implemented a complete overhaul of the computer systems at Vincents to bring them the latest technology.
“It’s been a major job and a significant investment, but Holker IT
has delivered precisely what we were hoping to achieve,” said Vincents IT
manager Russell Flint.
Established in 2000, the full service law firm now operate from six sites across the county with close on 100 employees.
“Such has been the growth of the company, it was time to
upgrade all of our systems and Holker IT came highly recommended,” added
“Holker have been first class throughout and having a dedicated
point of contact on their side made the transition seamless. We also had no
downtime whatsoever and that was imperative for us.
“We have already seen huge improvements in performance and
we now have the technology to sustain us for foreseeable future.”
Holker managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “The scale of the project and the trust from a client with the standing of Vincents is further demonstration of our growth as a firm.
“The Fujitsu kit that we have installed is top quality and will give them the infrastructure to continue their growth and further success.”
Photo: Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe (right) with Vincents Solicitors IT manager Russell Flint.
We are delighted to further strengthen our fast-growing team with a trio of new faces.
Locals Simon McGowan and Jordan Woodcock have joined the company as
Account Manager and Service Desk Engineer, whilst Slovakian Martina Giles
Kusakova has returned ‘home’ to Lancashire.
Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “It is certainly
a positive sign that we have had to bring in three new faces.
“We have seen a real spike in business over recent months – particularly
in relation to Cyber Security – and there is scope within the team for further
growth in the near future.”
Burnley-born Simon, 35, has joined the company’s sales department and will be tasked with liaising with customers and new business development.
With well over a decade’s experience in commercial sales, Simon
graduated Burnley College with a Business Administration NVC in 2004 before
joining and progressing through the ranks at Walker Farrimond.
Simon is joined by Martina, who takes on the role of Business Administrator.
Originally from Slovakia, Martina spent eight years in Cyprus where she worked as a Crewing Officer for a shipping company.
Whilst in the Mediterranean, the
32-year-old met her now-husband Chris before moving back, in October, to his
hometown … none other than Burnley!
The new trio is completed by 25-year-old Jordan, who joins as Service Desk Engineer.
Another graduate of Burnley College, Altham-based Jordan – a keen
Motocross enthusiast – boasts a diploma in Engineering and will join the companies
Photo: (l-r) Simon McGowan, Martina Giles Kusakova, Matthew Metcalfe and Jordan Woodcock.
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We pride ourselves on our relationship with the Lancashire Constabulary and have recently teamed up with the Lancashire Partnership against Crime (LANPAC) to further strengthen our commitment to fighting business crime in the county.
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