Marlow, UK, 04 October 2013 – Canalys has named Softcat as 2013’s top revenue growth partner in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at this year’s Canalys Channel Forum Awards. Softcat chairman Martin Hellawell accepted the Canalys ‘Revenue Growth Partner of the Year’ award yesterday at a packed ceremony held at the Hotel Arts Barcelona.
Softcat announced 30% growth this financial year, following an astonishing three-year growth stint that has seen its revenues grow from £146m to £400m. It has won multiple partner awards and accreditations as a result of its revenue growth and partnership investments, just this week announcing HP’s Platinum Partner status, and Red Hat’s ‘Stronger Together’ award.
Martin Hellawell said of the award, “Most of our awards tend to be UK-based, so it’s incredibly humbling to have been nominated for an EMEA award, never mind win it. Due to our size and relative ‘youth’ we’re still regarded as an up-and-coming player, which makes attaining this award even more of an achievement. I find it quite amazing that Softcat is being recognised as the IT reseller with the most impressive growth in a geographical area covering Reykjavik to Cape Town. There are many thousands of resellers in that area so to be named as the best of the best is quite something.”
He added, “The business environment has been challenging over the past few years and many of our competitors struggled to achieve significant growth last year. Winning this award is a testament to the hard work of our brilliant staff, who remain incredibly driven to provide great customer service, and committed to helping the company grow. We’re privileged to work with so many great customers, and of course our relationships with our partners have contributed hugely to our growth.”
Last year Softcat won the EMEA channel partner of the year at the same event. The Canalys Forum is an annual event that recognises vendors, resellers and other partners in the IT industry for their successes in the channel.
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.