TWO of the region’s longest-standing IT companies are joining forces, with the announcement that David Simpson, managing director of Coniston Computers is joining Gateshead-based ICT experts ITPS in a commercial sales role.

The two companies say the move is designed to provide continuity of support to Coniston’s client base, as it winds down its 34-year old business.

Established in 2000, ITPS is the biggest independently-owned IT Company in the region. Its 110-strong team services a UK-wide client base, and specialises in ICT consultancy, data centre services and unified communications, as well as support services and disaster recovery. The company’s £4m 33,000sq ft data centre and workspace recovery facility is the biggest in the North East.

The new deal creates a UK-wide customer base of over 500.

ITPS managing director Garry Sheriff said: “Coniston Computers is a long-established company and we have known David for many years. He brings a wealth of experience with him and we are delighted to welcome him on board.

“This move strengthens the services available to Coniston Clients whilst maintaining the excellent service levels. We operate on similar principles of quality and honesty, and believe in forging long-term partnerships with clients to help them navigate the right path through an increasingly complex world of IT choices.

“Our experienced team of consultants and engineers are ideally placed to continue the support of the Coniston customer base.”

In 2014 ITPS announced the creation of the North East’s biggest data centre, a £4m facility from which it provides a complete data centre services portfolio including ICT infrastructure hosting, backup and recovery, and cloud services.

David: “This is a very positive move for Coniston clients, and I am pleased to say that thankfully all the Coniston staff secured alternative positions quickly with little or no break in employment.

“The ITPS team has a great reputation for high level expertise, straightforward advice and an ability to deliver even the most complex of jobs so I am confident that our clients will be in safe hands. I am looking forward to working with some former colleagues and to helping ITPS achieve its goals.”