Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 22.14.34A raft of new work and strong demand in the education and local authority sectors have propelled growth at a fast expanding Newcastle IT firm during the first quarter of the year.
 
Science Central-based Calibre Secured Networks Ltd, which provides IT, network support services and online security expertise to customers across the UK and Europe, saw a 30% growth in sales during January, February and March 2016.
 
The news confirms that the firm is on track to break the £1m barrier within three years as part of an ambitious growth strategy that has already seen the relocation to new premises and an expanding team of technicians.
 
Work to complete a new IT infrastructure at social housing provider Eastlands Housing in Manchester and upgrades to Wrexham County Borough Council’s network have driven turnover to £750,000.
 
Additional work at West Park School, Darlington and ongoing contractual support work at multinational enterprise software giant Sage has further secured growth for the 10 strong Calibre team.
 
Calibre is also continuing to invest in a highly skilled and industry accredited workforce as it gears up to meet demand – its currently recruiting for several new sales, technical engineering and apprenticeship roles.
 
This is the latest success for founders Karen and Steve Nelson who said the tranche of work is among a host of contracts that the company will be delivering this year that are providing the drivers for the provision of new services and expertise.
 
Managing director Karen Nelson said the company has benefitted from strong demand from customers for bespoke solutions.
 
“We are seeing continuing strong demand for our services as economic confidence holds-up and organisations in public sector, in particular, eschew traditional approaches to IT provision and service support.
 
“This is reflected by our best ever quarter for sales, which not only saw us win new customers but, equally pleasing, secure extensions to existing clients.
 
“We’re also delighted to be able to continue to invest in recruiting talented people, who can provide the highest levels of customer service.
 
“The next few months promises to be even busier as we look to develop our presence further in core sectors.
 
“Education providers in particular can benefit significantly from the external resources and expertise we offer as part of new strategic IT, and wider commercial and e-Learning plans.”
 
Calibre uses the latest Cisco network technology and software systems among other leading vendors to design and develop integrated and bespoke security-focused IT and network infrastructure solutions.
This enables it to deliver added value solutions for schools, local government organisations and companies to maximise their return on investment through the deployment of technology to meet their business challenges. More at www.calibre-secured.net