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Harvey Jones Kitchens Finds Improved Recipe For Corporate IT

Press release March 15, 2010 IT

Harvey Jones chooses entrustIT as its strategic technology partner.

Harvey Jones, one of the UK's largest suppliers of handmade kitchens, has recently chosen entrustITas its strategic technology partner.

Under the agreement, entrustIT will deliver Harvey Jones IT systems through the highly successful entrust Hosted Desktop product range. For Harvey Jones, this will mean major improvements to systems security, ease of use and collaborative working.
Darren Woolsgrove, Harvey Jones Finance Director, says, "The success of our business means that our IT needs are constantly growing and becoming more complex. We have ambitious expansion plans and we needed an IT model able to support this growth whilst at the same time helping us to improve our internal working".

The entrust solution will be deployed for all Harvey Jones users including Head Office, Manufacturing, and across the network of UK showrooms, which currently stands at sixteen with plans for many more. "Our users design and build beautiful kitchens" says Woolsgrove, "they shouldn't have to be IT experts too. They need to be able to access our systems easily and to work together safely and securely wherever they are in our business."

Harvey Jones systems will be housed in entrustIT's London data centre so that entrustIT take care of all backups and other systems management issues. Users access their systems safely and securely, using an encrypted internet connection from any location via a single sign-on. Mobile personnel such as area managers can even access the system from mobile internet connections 'on the road'.  

As well as providing a fully hosted IT service, entrustIT will also be responsible for training and supporting all of Harvey Jones users together with hardware supply and infrastructure delivery as the showroom network expands. John Hardstaff, entrustIT's Sales & Marketing Director, explains, "At entrustIT we've worked hard to broaden our capability and capacity so as to be able to offer a truly 'one-stop-shop' for IT and related services. This means that we are able to deliver a much more comprehensive service than the majority of hosting providers and this was certainly a key factor in our engagement with Harvey Jones". 

Both men see this as a long term strategic partnership. Comments Woolsgrove, "We view entrustIT as our technology department. We have a really great business and don't need to be distracted by technology issues; we just need a trustworthy 'go to' partner to provide that function for us". Hardstaff is equally enthusiastic, "This is a really great win for us. It touches all aspects of our business from hardware supply through local support and, of course our Hosted Desktop solutions. I am delighted that Harvey Jones has chosen entrustIT and I'm absolutely sure that this is just the start of a long term partnership for both companies".

For further information contact John Hardstaff, entrustIT’s Sales & Marketing Director on +44 (0)207 195 1636 or email [email protected]

entrustIT are a managed service provider specialising in consulting & "Software as a Service" (SaaS) / ‘cloud based' solutions. entrustIT have an established user base across a number of industry sectors including education, financial services, retail, professional services, manufacturing and distribution.
At the centre of our product portfolio are the entrust Virtual Desktop & Application ranges which deliver ubiquitous access to fully-managed, maintained, secured and regulated office desktop environments including custom applications, Microsoft Office products, messaging, anti-virus, backup and archival.
The entrustIT Education Desktop range brings the same industrial strength solution to IT for schools. This means that even primary schools can benefit from the same reliable, consistent IT service available to large corporate users.
Alongside these solutions, we provide a portfolio of complementary services designed to further alleviate the burden of effective infrastructure management in areas such as disaster recovery, network connectivity, remote support, monitoring and escalation.

entrustIT are a Microsoft Gold Certified partner.