Business Development Team Bolstered At Converged Communication Solutions
Aberdeen-based Converged Communication Solutions has bolstered its business development team with a recent appointment.
Steve Smith has joined the IT firm, which specialises in providing Internet connections, telephone systems and IT support services, in the newly created role of business development manager. He brings over 20 years of experience to the post, which includes time with large multinational companies Xerox and Apple.
Brought up in Aberdeen, Steve is returning to work in the city after working in Tayside for the past three years. During his time in Tayside he volunteered with the Scottish Chamber of Commerce’s Business Mentoring Scotland initiative and currently mentors four individuals across east Scotland, helping them to build their skills and grow their businesses.
Steve’s role at Converged will see him lead its business development team as the firm targets continued growth across Scotland. Spearheading that expansion has been the investment Converged has made in strengthening the scope of its Internet service offering.
Converged has built one of the most robust connectivity networks in north-east Scotland, providing companies of all sizes with a range of Internet connection options that can best support their needs. This network includes access to 15 Openreach exchanges across Scotland and a pioneering high-speed wireless network in Aberdeenshire and Moray.
In a recent survey conducted by Converged, 65% of north and north-east businesses said the poor quality of their Internet connection was hampering their growth, while only 30% were satisfied with the resilience of their connection. By investing in establishing a resilient connectivity network that supports the differing needs and challenges of urban and rural businesses, Converged is committed to helping businesses overcome an issue that is thought to be constricting productivity.
Further underlining that pledge, Converged is one of the suppliers of the UK Government gigabit broadband voucher scheme. The initiative provides grants of between £500 and £3,000 to businesses to help install new superfast full-fibre Internet connections. Initially launched in four pilot areas across the UK, including Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, the scheme has recently been extended nationally.
These superfast Internet connections can deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second and enable businesses, including those in more rural areas, to operate more efficiently when accessing online services. The initiative is scheduled to run until the end of March 2019.
Commenting on his appointment, Steve Smith said: “Converged has steadily built a strong name for itself across Scotland for providing a quality service that is backed-up by a knowledgeable technical support team. It is clear that Converged is a very customer focused business, illustrated by the way in which it has widened its range of Internet connection options, and it is great to be joining a company which takes that approach.”
Neil Christie, managing director of Converged, said: “We are very pleased that Steve has chosen to join Converged. He is well respected in the IT industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our business development team and will provide a valuable contribution to help us achieve our growth targets.”