About the company
Contrac, a Beverley-based company employing 40 people, has been a supplier of computer consumables and print management to businesses and the public sector since the early 1970s. In the last 5 years , the company has developed its services to include MPS (copiers and printers), print consultancy, promotional products, and, most recently, IT Services.
Contrac IT Services has grown rapidly since its inception in 2013, offering consultancy, solutions, support and installation services to a diverse group of SME companies, local schools and NHS trusts.
About the project
To support the changing demands of its clients, Contrac recognised a need to invest in new infrastructure and a broader base of professional IT staff. The business received a Growing the Humber grant of £37,562 to undertake a complete infrastructure refresh to develop facilities to a point where the company could offer hosting as an additional IT service.
The upgrades required by the project included ERP and CRM system upgrades, the replacement of outdated technology and the purchasing of new platforms, as well as additional hardware upgrades.
Four direct jobs will be created by this project – two IT Engineers, an IT Manager and a Technical Product Buyer. Moreover, it is expected that further roles accounting and administration will be required as Contrac IT Services grows.
A successful grant application enabled Contrac to start this investment immediately and to proceed with confidence.
Paul Simmonds, Managing Director of Contrac, said: “Without the grant, the speed and scale of our investment would have been considerably lower and we wouldn’t now have a self-contained, secure data centre to provide cloud computing and hosted services.
“We now have an engineering and help desk team that is double its original size, and a technological infrastructure which will allow us to become a progressive and effective IT services provider for the region.”
“The LGF application process was straight forward, requiring a well thought out business strategy and financial plan. It allowed us the flexibility to adapt our project as business pressures demanded.”
Location: Venridge House, Grovehill Road, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0HQ.
£187,312 Project Cost
£37,462 LGF grant
4 Direct Jobs