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!

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 supportthermal imaging cameras and more, without compromising on service.

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Croft Communications are excited to announce the acquisition of Boosh 365 Limited.

Boosh 365, a Vodafone Total Communications Partner, are known for their customer first approach, giving simple, clear advice on customers Telecoms, IT & Mobile Signal Solutions. As part of the merger, Croft are delighted to be welcoming Sara Rose and Gemma Bennett to the Croft Communications team.

“Gemma and I are excited to be joining the Croft team and the opportunities this merger brings. By joining forces, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of products alongside an even better service.” – Sara Rose, Operations Manager.

With a shared passion for personalised service and solutions that are expertly tailored to customer needs, clients can rest assured they’ll continue to receive a bespoke customer service that’s second-to-none.

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The 27th November marked the 1-year anniversary for our CEO, Mark Bramley.

To celebrate the Croftiversary, we put together an extra special Q&A with the man himself.

It’s been an absolute pleasure having Mark on board, flourishing under his guidance and learning from his strategic, forward thinking and innovative approach. The team cannot wait to start 2021 under his watchful eye!

Who’s eager to see a follow-up video of Mark’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ rendition at the virtual Croft Christmas party? And what do you think about Mark’s celebrity look-a-likes? Did we miss any? Mention us @croftcomms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Croft Communications have been chosen as a trusted telecommunications supplier by public procurement organisation YPO. As a supplier of connectivity solutions, we have been selected as one of the 38 providers included in YPO’s new framework designed to meet the needs of all public sector organisations.

As part of the new network and telecommunications framework, Croft will rub shoulders with the likes of TalkTalk, O2 and a selection of telecoms SMEs, offering our services to schools, local authorities, charities and other public sector bodies.

Chosen suppliers

YPO frameworks are ready-made agreements with chosen suppliers. Public sector organisations can save time and money in their procurement decisions by opting for pre-selected ‘Lots’, when buying everything from utilities to food and catering. All Lots are guaranteed to be compliant with procurement legislation and suppliers must meet the high standards required by YPO.

Designed to support organisations in the public sector through the process of digital transformation and help them obtain the best value for money from their connectivity solutions, the new connectivity framework is made up of competent, reliable providers who are selected for their proven expertise. It’s divided up into 7 different Lots, covering services including smart cities and the Internet of Things, cyber security solutions and mobile, voice and data. As experts in the field, Croft have been selected as providers of Wide Area Network (WAN) services and communication services.

To find out more about the YPO framework, visit the YPO website.

A trusted name

Of course, Croft is no stranger to public procurement, with a long history of working with public sector organisations in healthcare, education and other fields. As a registered Crown Commercial Service preferred supplier, our company is already a trusted name for many schools, colleges, universities, healthcare providers, local councils, emergency services and more.

CEO Mark Bramley said:

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to be a part of the new YPO framework. Implementing telecoms solutions that help public sector organisations to thrive is our passion. We’re proud to be working with YPO to ensure that organisations on tight budgets can work efficiently, save on costs and get the support they need, when they need it.”

Simplifying procurement and saving money

Established in 1974, YPO was formed by a group of local authorities to help simplify the procurement process and make cost savings. As the largest local authority purchasing consortium in the UK, YPO helps public sector organisations to get the best deal on every buying decision, from utilities to insurance. YPO has over 100 different frameworks that are quick and simple to use.

Head of Public Sector Gavin Rimmington at YPO said that the new connectivity framework will provide solutions that are clear and easy to implement, as well as getting great value for money. He highlighted the continuous support package that public sector clients will benefit from – as do all Croft Communications clients.

Work with us

Are you a public sector organisation looking for a supplier you can trust? Contact Croft for Crown Commercial Service-approved connectivity services ranging from broadband to business phones. We offer tailored solutions and unrivalled support, whatever your communications needs.

Croft Communications are happy to announce the acquisition of the B2B customer base of Pneuma Communications.

Pneuma have been in business for thirteen years and have a long tradition of supporting the business mobile phone needs of their 100+ customers. Together with Croft, they are excited to continue and enhance this service, as well as ensuring that all new customers get more value from their business connectivity.

As part of the transaction, Croft are delighted to welcome Stavros Ellinas and Danny Bates to the growing Croft Communications team.

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Croft Communications are delighted to announce the acquisition of EE dealer and recognised BT supplier, Distinct Connections Limited. Together, the newly-merged team will use our unrivalled experience and expertise to continue to offer great-value unified communications solutions to businesses and organisations across the UK.  

An award-winning business mobile provider that’s been highly regarded in the industry, Distinct Connectionis known for the quality of its service, with many long-standing clients of 12 years or more. Thanks to the merger, these loyal and valued customers will now benefit from an even wider range of communication products and servicesincluding super-fast broadbandhosted telephony such as VoIP, business phone systems, fast and responsive IT support, thermal imaging cameras and moreWith a shared passion for personalised service and solutions that are expertly tailored to customer needs, clients of both Croft and Distinct can rest assured they’ll continue to receive bespoke customer service that’s second-to-none.  

“The merger with Croft Communications is a real opportunity to broaden the portfolio of services we can offer to our customers,” said Distinct Connections director Kerry Tomlinson. “With multiple accolades as industry leaders in business mobile telephony, we’re now looking forward to this next exciting stage in the life of our business – expanding our offering to help our clients work more efficiently with fast and reliable connections.”  

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