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Growing IT firm takes on five new recruits

A FORWARD-THINKING IT firm is building on its success by expanding its team.

Integrity IT Solutions has recruited five new members of staff and plans to take on two apprentices this September.

The technology business, which is based in Carlisle, Cumbria, and Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, has also undergone a complete brand refresh, with revised livery for its new fleet of vehicles, signage and staff uniforms.

Stephen Whelan, Technical Director at Integrity IT Solutions, said the company had made the investment to ensure it was in the best possible position to offer a comprehensive service to its clients.

He said: “It’s vitally important that we have the right people in place to deliver our extensive range of IT services both now and in the future.

“All our new members of staff bring something different to the business and complement our existing team.”

Stephen said the IT firm had experienced steady growth over the past few years, and that its acquisition by Annan-based business Eco Group at the end of last year had accelerated the growth plans.

“It’s an exciting time for the business and for everyone who has helped make it a success,” he said. “We’re looking forward to more growth in the future and creating more opportunities for people within the technology industry.”

Integrity IT Solutions designs, supplies, supports and installs IT systems to suit all types and sizes of businesses across the north of England and south-west Scotland.

Integrity offers a range of business solutions including IT support, cloud migration projects, server hardware, WiFi installation and hosted telephony services.

The firm currently has more than 200 clients ranging from sole traders to larger organisations, some with more than 1,500 users.

The brand refresh was carried out by Eco Creative, which is part of Integrity IT Solutions’ parent company, Eco.

Staff uniforms have been given a new brand look, along with the vehicles, building signage, office stationery and the website.

The most recent additions to the Integrity IT Solutions team brings the total number of employees to 19.

Stephen said: “With our extensive experience and collective business knowledge, we can provide a solution which can help you make the right decision for your business.

“Our industry qualified and highly motivated team members are among the best in the business, and have a proven track record of delivering exceptional service.”

New recruit Simon McLeod reflects this industry knowledge, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the firm. Simon, 52, began his IT career in the early 1990s at accountancy firm Armstrong Watson and has worked within the public and private sector. His most recent role was with multinational firm CDW.

In his new position at Integrity IT Solutions, he is the first point of contact for clients, providing support and solutions.

Simon, who lives in Silloth, said: “Every day is different working in IT, that’s what I love about it.”

Jonny Brunskill, 28, from Carlisle, joined the company earlier this month as an IT Engineer, and is currently providing first line support to the NHS, as part of a contract with the health service. He previously worked at Armstrong Watson and has experience working within the NHS.

Tom Armstrong, 32, from Seaton, near Workington, has also joined the team as an IT Engineer, solving issues for clients across a range of industries. Tom previously worked at Lakes College, Workington, where he was the apprenticeship programme lead in IT and Catering, and a Digital Learning Coach.

IT Engineer, Connor Burgess, 27, from Dumfries, looks after clients in south-west Scotland, as well as those based across the border. He previously worked for Loreburn Housing Association, based in Dumfries, before joining Integrity IT Solutions. Connor brings a wealth of experience in IT support and expertise in areas such as SQL, which assists clients in their database management.

IT Engineer, Ashleigh Watson, 22, from Carlisle, has recently completed a level-three Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship at Carlisle College, and previously worked for an IT business in Carlisle.

“I enjoy working in IT and being part of a growth industry,” she said. “I like learning about different systems and software, and getting involved in the practical side of the job.”