Softcat has tripled capacity for its London team by relocating to a brand new 9000 sq. ft office with capacity for 150 employees. The office has a similar quirky design to the company’s Marlow and Manchester offices, and is equipped with the newest technologies from HP, Dell, Cisco and Samsung.
The new office features unusual designs and murals in keeping with Softcat’s characteristic style, including one meeting room painted to resemble the Prime Minister’s abode, 10 Downing Street. Furthering the ‘London’ theme, one wall features a mural of the city skyline.
The office incorporates a new customer seminar room with 80 seats and one large screen, which Softcat will use to host seminars on the latest technologies for its customers. There are six meeting rooms – one of which features an X-box experience – an open top roof terrace and a vendor bar where customers can dock their devices. The office is kitted out with 5km of network cabling, Dell monitors, HP thin clients, Cisco VoIP video phone systems and an IPTV system for distributing company and business information.
Softcat is well known for its outstanding workplaces and high levels of employee satisfaction, and its legal and administration director Bill Kenny believes that the two are linked: “Keeping our workforce happy is a priority, as we’ve consistently found that employee satisfaction leads to happy customers and higher sales. We’re proud of our unique company culture and the happy working atmosphere we foster, and with its spaciousness, fun features and original designs, the new London office will undoubtedly enhance this. We were outgrowing our previous office and we needed a larger space to accommodate our new employees, especially as we’re currently recruiting.”
Danielle Binnee, Softcat’s regional sales manager at the London office, said, “The new office has really given everyone a boost – now we have far more space, top of the range technologies to work with and a fun, individualistic décor. There’s a large breakout area with a pool table, where employees can take a break, eat lunch and socialise. The technology is brand new and facilitates ease of communication and work management, and the multiple meeting rooms ensure there’s always space to meet with customers and partners. The new office really encapsulates what our company culture is all about – we know how to have fun but we also work hard to give our customers what they need.”
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by the then chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs 600 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £400 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 8,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.