Cloud Direct in Top 50 Fast Growth Businesses in the South West

Cloud Direct in Top 50 Fast Growth Businesses in the South West

We’re delighted to be named one of the Top 50 Fast Growth businesses in the South West 2018.

The list, compiled by Trinity Mirror PLC, highlights the fastest growing companies in the South West and shortlisted Cloud Direct as a finalist for the Technology and Innovation award.

Brett Raynes, CEO of Cloud Direct, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised as one of the fastest growing businesses in the South West. We are in a rapidly growing market as more companies move to use cloud computing. Our experience and expertise mean we are in a great position to help them do this and therefore to grow ourselves.”

We sat down with Brett to talk about the company’s growth plans and what the future holds for the organisation and its customers.

How is Cloud Direct growing so fast?

“We’re in the world of digital transformation, which is all about helping organisations exploit new technologies to change what they do and how they do it. To disrupt their own market. To launch new services for their customers. To create unique customer experiences. To engage their own employees.

“We provide businesses with these transformational technologies, unburdening them from their old-world IT, so they can realise their potential. We apply these solutions to our own business to drive our development, and we’re growing as a result.”

What does this mean for our customers?

“As we grow and expand the Cloud Direct team, we’re able to nurture and acquire expert talent to ensure our customers are getting the best possible service. Accompanied by the advanced Microsoft support we’re able to offer as Microsoft Partners, our customers receive first class service throughout their cloud journey with us.”

What does that look like in practice?

“For example, we’re collaborating with disability charity Scope, to improve the efficiency of their IT and help them deliver their charitable objectives. They’re currently set to save £100,000 a year after we migrated the majority of their onsite servers to the cloud. We further improve their day-to-day efficiency with our online real-time billing portal, which allows them to simply control their cloud billing and consumption.

“Another customer of ours Côte Brasserie is working with us to harness the power of Microsoft cloud solutions, such as Azure, to uphold the excellent customer experience across their network. Ultimately to maintain a high standard of customer excellence.” 

What does the future look like for Cloud Direct?

“To continue our growth, we’re planning to double in size every 12 to 18 months over the next five years, subject to attracting the right talent.

“The demand for transformational technologies is growing enormously. The cloud market globally will be worth £150 billion by 2020. Therefore, the only limit to how fast we can grow is our own ambition.”

Why the South West?

“There’s a huge pool of talent available across the South West, that we’re able to tap into.

“Also, what we do is cloud based so we can service companies from anywhere, and where better to be than the South West!”

The 2018 South West Growth 50 Awards will take place on Friday 9th March at Ashton Gate Stadium. With the finalists published in the Western Daily Press, Bristol Post and Western Morning News.

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