Croft are excited to announce the acquisition of business broadband and phone system specialists, Cloud9.

Based in Birmingham, Cloud9 has almost 10 years of experience in voice, data, mobile and WiFi solutions. The company offers a comprehensive telecommunications and broadband service to businesses throughout the UK. With extensive expertise in business phones, hosted telephony and high-speed broadband. With an excellent reputation for customer service, the experts at Cloud9 are sure to be a valuable addition to the team here at Croft.

We are looking forward to welcoming five of the experienced team from Cloud9 who will be joining us at Croft Communications.

Rob Greene and Stuart Allbut Directors at Cloud9, said:

“We are pleased to announce that the acquisition of Cloud9 by Croft is the next evolutionary step for both our customers and our staff.

The rapid and consistent growth that Cloud9 has enjoyed over the last 3-years, mandates additional skill/product sets that Croft provide to further augment our performance and resource base. The management at Cloud9 are especially pleased with the straightforward and common-sense approach that the team at Croft employ, which mirrors our own and will be well received by our clients.

We know now for the first time that, as our clients continue to grow, we will be able to scale up very quickly to meet their increasing requirements and ensure IT and telecoms remain solid enablers for our clients’ businesses.”

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Croft are pleased to announce the acquisition of business connectivity & phone systems, hosted communications and unified communications specialists.

Based in Barnsely, Active Voice & Data has over 20 years of experience in connecting businesses all over the UK using the latest technologies in telecommunication systems, including unified communications, hosted communications and business internet. Active Voice & Data specialise in supplying and installing business broadband and unified telecommunications with an excellent reputation for customer service. 

We are looking forward to welcoming nine of the experienced team from Active Voice & Data who will be valuable additions at Croft. 

‘On behalf of the team at Active Voice & Data, we are delighted to join the Croft family. We are all excited and look forward to the new opportunities this will bring. After 20 years of building Active Voice & Data, I feel comfortable and confident in handing over the reins to Croft Communications. This new adventure will see Croft Communications emerge as one of the strongest solution providers in the UK.’ – Iain Simpson, Managing Director

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Croft are pleased to announce the acquisition of business telephone systems specialists, Design Communications.

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Design Communications have over 30 years of experience in voice, data, mobile and WiFi solutions. The company offers a comprehensive telecommunications consultancy service to businesses throughout the UK. With extensive expertise in business phones and unified communications and an enviable reputation for excellent customer service, the experts at Design Communications are sure to be a valuable addition to the team here at Croft. 

Support & Technical Manager Dean Gibbings, and Voice & Data Support Engineer Ben Myers will be exciting new editions to the Croft team. 

Nigel McCartney, Managing Director at Design Communications (UK) Limited, said:

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As the festive holidays approach, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we will remain open to help you if you need us.

Working hours and contact details

Mobile customers – please continue to contact your Key Account Manager directly or via [email protected]. Our telephone lines will also be in service, by calling 01920 466466 and selecting option 1.

Business communications and connectivity customers – please email [email protected] or call our service team on 01920 466466, selecting option 2.

For any other support, please contact Julia Bunting, Director of Customer Success, on 07935 000867.

Christmas – Key dates

9th December – Staff Reward

On Thursday 9th December, we will be holding our Christmas party. Our staff have worked continuously throughout the pandemic, to support our customers with their business communications solutions that have provided outstanding levels of business continuity, at a very difficult time. By way of a thank you, we will be closing our office at 4pm on this day. We hope you will understand and support our decision.

10th December – Mobile Service

Any mobile handset repairs will need to be received by us by Friday 10th December, for a guaranteed repair and return service. After this time, we will endeavour to return repaired handsets to you in time for Christmas.

17th December – Guaranteed Service

The cut-off date for guaranteed service requests will be the close of business on Friday 17th December.  After this time, we will continue to work on all requests, but due to increased workload at this time, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be completed prior to the Christmas break.

Christmas Opening Hours

24th December: 8am-12pm

25th-28th December: Closed

29th-31st December: 10am-4pm

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday 4th December.

Please note, our Bristol store will be closed from 24th December to 4th January.

All that is left is to thank you for your continued business during the past year and to wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

Croft Communications are delighted to announce the acquisition of IC Group UK, a leading Professional and Managed Services provider of Voice and Data Solutions.

Formed in 1999, IC Group UK specialise in the design, deployment, and support of Communication and IT solutions.

With extensive experience and technical knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, Croft are thrilled to be joining forces, welcoming Daniel Purdy, and the IC Group team to the Croft family.

The merger takes our already strong relationship with Croft to the next level. We are excited by the opportunities this brings and to be joining the Croft team. By combining our range of skills, services, and knowledge, we will be able to better serve our customers, maintaining the top level of customer care they are accustomed to” – Daniel Purdy, Technical Director.

This merger will expand and transform Croft’s capabilities. With the enhanced technical knowledge and best in breed vendors, Croft are now expertly positioned to provide a truly complete range of Communications and IT services. With the addition of the Northwest Service and Operations Centre, our geographical presence is further strengthened” – Mark Bramley, Croft CEO.

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The Celebrity Golf Classic is an annual event hosted by Former England Rugby Captain and 2003 World Cup Champion, Mike Tindall, raising money for Cure Parkinson’s and the Matt Hampson Foundation.

This year the event was held at the Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton, Coldfield, and Croft couldn’t have been more thrilled to have sponsored the event, raising an astonishing £190,000 in total

Coming together to raise valuable funds for charity

On the day, celebrities and friends, including Fleur East, Ronan Keating, James Nesbitt, Oliver and James Phelps, Ian Bell, Dan Walker, Sir Kenny Dalglish and more, came together to play a competitive but fun round of golf on the 18-hole Brabazon Course, ending with a gala dinner, auction and entertainment.

James Nesbitt at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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Zara Phillips at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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Fleur East at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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Mike Tindall at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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The Speed Hole and Thousand Yard Challenge

Along with a round of 18 holes, many took part in the golf challenges throughout the course of the day.

Each team had to complete a hole in as quick a time as possible…

 

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… and individuals had three drives to total as many yards as possible.

 

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It was a successful day all round, with former English Rugby Union player, Austin Healey, winning with 42 points off 11.

The Cure Parkinson’s and Matt Hampson Foundation

Cure Parkinson’s advocates for world-class collaborative scientific research to find medical treatment to cure Parkinson’s – a charity very close to Mike Tindall’s heart, as his father was diagnosed in 2003. 

The Matt Hampson Foundation supports and inspires young people who are seriously injured through sport by sharing knowledge and experience. The organisation was set up in 2005 after Matt, an ex under 21 England rugby player, was tragically paralysed during training.

Channelling Croft’s love for sport into a charitable cause

Our Director Ben and CFO / COO Phil are both avid golf players and were delighted to attend the event and channel their love for sport into a charitable cause. As the key sponsor, all of us at Croft were thrilled to see so much money raised on the day and look forward to exceeding this in 2022!

Croft Director Ben Page playing golf at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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Croft Director Ben Page in golf buggy at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2021

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Our sponsorship forms part of our wider ‘Croft in the Community’ work, including our Grassroots Initiative, aiming to raise cash for clubs in desperate need of financial help, providing an essential lifeline to many sporting organisations struggling to survive due to the impact of the pandemic.

The Comms Business Awards are an annual ceremony that aim to acknowledge those who build pioneering solutions, contribute to innovative projects, or nurture supportive workplaces. 

Organised by Comms Business, a market leading platform for high quality business coverage, the awards were judged by an independent panel of industry experts from a range of backgrounds including finance, recruitment and consultancy, who were all eager to reward genuine talent and innovation in business. 

The awards were presented at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Tuesday the 21st of September 2021 and the team at Croft couldn’t be more excited to have been nominated in the Reseller of the Year – Enterprise category. 

Croft nominated for Enterprise Reseller of the Year 

This year, Croft were nominated in the Enterprise Reseller of the Year category. Given the challenges that businesses all over the country have been facing in recent years, the team at Croft are so proud to have been nominated for this award and recognised for our hard work. The winning business would be able to show high levels of growth and an expanding portfolio, as well as industry leading expertise. 

This year, there was a lot of competition, with seven other fantastic businesses nominated for the same award. Congratulations to the winners, BDR Group, who took home the award on the night.

The team at Croft were thrilled to have also been recognised as highly commended at the Inspiring Herts Awards 2020/21 earlier this month. 

Announcement of Highly Commended Inspiring Herts Award

Passionate about keeping communities connected

We are particularly proud of our hard work during the pandemic, working to keep businesses, schools, universities and hospitals across the country connected during these unprecedented times. 

We’re passionate about keeping communities connected and give back wherever we can, launching our Croft in the Community Initiative earlier this year. As part of the initiative, we teamed up with Heart Radio to combat digital poverty and enable better access to an online education for children across Hertfordshire whilst they were learning from home during the pandemic. 

 

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Thank you to Comms Business Awards for the nomination and all the other amazing nominees – Aerial Direct, BDR, Cobweb Solutions, Daisy Communications, Focus Group, Lily Comms and XLN! 

Since 2012, the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards have been recognising and celebrating the expertise, accomplishments and amazing contributions that businesses and entrepreneurs have made within the Hertfordshire community. 

Organised by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the awards are a great opportunity for businesses across the County to demonstrate their performance and successes within the local community. 

Despite being postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to celebrate the tenth year of the awards, the 2020/2021 Gala Dinner took place on the 9th September 2021 at Warner Bros Studio, Leavesden. 

Croft nominated in the Business of the Year, East Herts category

Given the importance of the awards within the local business community, the team at Croft couldn’t have been more excited to have been nominated for the Business of the Year, East Hertfordshire award. 

Inspiring Herts Business of the Year

The winning business demonstrates high levels of growth and a robust plan for sustainable financial performance, with the judges assessing: 

Congratulations to the winners, CHEXS, and despite the tough competition, we’re really proud to have been recognised as highly commended within this category – an absolute testament to all the progress and achievements we have made at Croft over the past year, including the launch of our Grassroots Initiative and Croft Rewards scheme.

The whole team has worked extremely hard this year to ensure businesses, schools, universities, care homes and hospitals across the country remain connected at all times. Whilst we currently find ourselves living in a strange world, we understand the utmost importance of regular and accessible communication. It is of our absolute highest priority to ensure everyone feels connected at this time and we continue to work tirelessly to provide solutions to all businesses and individuals in need.

Headline sponsors in the Business of the Year, Medium to Large category

We are also proud to have sponsored this years’ Business of the Year award for medium to large businesses. 

Herts Business of the Year Award

Congratulations to the winners, Kane International, and highly commended, Rayden Solicitors, that were recognised in this category on the night.

Thanks again to the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and all the other amazing businesses that joined us on the night to celebrate!

The club

West Kingsdown Boxing Club was founded in March 2017 by Head Coach, Mickey Bowden, a successful former amateur and professional boxer. For many years he has awaited the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the sport and local community by opening a club for the benefit of the community in West Kingsdown. The club aims to encourage people of all ages, gender, and ethnic backgrounds to join the club, by offering boxing classes for all abilities.

Challenges faced

As a not-for-profit organisation, West Kingsdown Boxing Club relies on funding and the support of local businesses to cover its costs. When he started the club, Mickey saw the potential in the “Gym Room” in Kent’s West Kingsdown Village Hall, expanding the room to two floors to accommodate a 14’ boxing ring, punch bags, and plenty of room for training.

The project is now complete and West Kingsdown Boxing Club has a permanent home, but the club still needs all the help it can get to pay for boxing equipment and ongoing running costs.

“With the support of Croft, we hope to purchase new equipment to encourage more people to join, stay active, and otherwise engage with a worthwhile activity.”

Mickey Bowden, Founder, and Head Coach, West Kingsdown Boxing Club

Croft’s Grassroots solution

The club approached Croft Communications to take advantage of our Grassroots Initiative, a scheme open to UK sports clubs looking to raise extra funds. By taking out a mobile contract with Croft, the boxing club could benefit from great value telecoms services – and also rake in a regular stream of cash for the club, to help them fund their junior and senior sessions three times a week, plus men and women-only sessions on top.

The results: How the initiative has supported the club

It’s proven that boxing clubs offer a positive diversion from crime and antisocial behaviour, promoting discipline and respect. So with the funds to encourage individuals to join the club, stay active and build respect for the community, West Kingsdown Boxing Club has been able to make a positive and lasting difference in the village. At Croft, we’re proud to support the club to provide a place for people to go to keep fit and learn a new skill, with the possibility of competing.

Head Coach, Mickey Bowden, said:

“West Kingsdown Boxing Club is extremely grateful to the team at Croft for choosing to work with us. It’s great to work with an organisation that has gone above and beyond to support us and fully understands the grassroots ethos.”

Find out more

Are you a local sports club looking to boost your income? Croft’s Grassroots Initiative could contribute over £000’s each year towards your running costs.

Discover more about our cash reward scheme for community sports clubs, or contact Cassie Peasnell via [email protected] or 01920 466 466.

Want to find out more about West Kingsdown Boxing Club? Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the handle @wkdbox.

As part of Croft Communications continued growth, we are delighted to announce our second acquisition this month of UK Independent Telecom Limited.

With over 15 years’ experience in the space, UK Independent Telecom provide unified communication solutions, building a trusted and loyal client base through their passion for exceptional and personalised customer service.

“We are looking forward to this next stage in the life of UK Independent Telecom. The merger will help expand our offering, helping clients future proof their communications, while maintaining our high levels of customer support” – Paul Clegg, UKIT Director.  

Thanks to the merger, these loyal and valued customers will benefit from an even wider range of communication products, including super-fast broadbandhosted telephonybusiness phone systems, mobile solutions, fast and responsive IT support and more, without compromising on service.

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