Manchester-based tech company, Everything Tech, is planning to grow turnover to £5m in three years after launching a new consultancy arm to its business.
As well as being a traditional managed service provider (MSP), Everything Tech is also a specialist in implementing Microsoft Modern Workplace and is a multiple Microsoft Gold Partner, making them the preferred Microsoft supplier in the North West.
The company has invested around £200,000 in training its 30-strong staff in Microsoft Modern Workplace technologies.
The Microsoft Modern Workplace is a cloud-based solution for businesses using the suite of Office 365 technologies and productivity applications including Azure and Power Apps.
Everything Tech has seen a huge surge in demand for technology during the pandemic and has created a dedicated Microsoft Modern Workplace consultancy team.
Senior technician Thomas Gwyther is Everything Tech’s first Microsoft Modern Workplace consultant and the team is expected to grow to 10.
Managing director Ruth Hall projected the changes would result in turnover growing from £2m to £5m inside three years.
Hall said: “We’ve been working on these changes for two years, but the pandemic has accelerated the rate of change. As well being an MSP, all our staff are trained in Microsoft Modern Workplace and that really sets us apart. This is a planned strategic move and is the next phase of Everything Tech’s growth journey. It’s the most significant development in the history of the business.”
Last year the company moved into a 2,500 sq ft office in Hanover House, Charlotte Street, Manchester.
“Microsoft Modern Workplace is not about the tech but more about the solutions,” explained Hall. “It improves collaboration, productivity and the bottom line.
“At the start of the pandemic we were helping up to 500 home-based workers a week. Hundreds of thousands of staff were sent home and told to use Microsoft Teams but only a fraction of them have been taught how to use it properly.
“The potential is limitless. That’s why the Microsoft Modern Workplace is such a game-changer. One of the things we’ll be offering will be virtual masterclasses to clients to demonstrate the technology and its capabilities.”
Everything Tech is co-owned by Hall, sales and marketing director Lee Wrall and technical director Anthony Hautin.
Wrall said: “A phrase you hear a lot at the moment is ‘digital transformation’. Microsoft Modern Workplace is about building the technology around the needs of your business. For example, you might start off by saying you need technology to communicate and collaborate with your team. Then you might decide you need an ERP (enterprise resource management) system and CMS (content management system) that everyone can access from wherever they are. The Microsoft Modern Workplace helps people run their businesses better and more efficiently.”
Wrall added that the pandemic had changed the role of the traditional managed service provider (MSP).
“MSPs like Everything Tech have to be more than a ‘break-fix’ model,” he said. “We’re taking an holistic view of a company’s IT and implementing technology to allow them to work smarter.
“Our job is to explain, demonstrate and integrate applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams into your business.”