BOOST FOR BUSINESSES: TECH FIRM ANNOUNCES PANDEMIC PRICE FREEZE WILL STAY

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A leading tech firm is extending a pandemic price-freeze in a bid to help businesses through the cost of living crisis. 

The Connectus Group said it had made the move because it was “more important than ever” to support small businesses at a time of rising inflation and spiraling energy costs.

The decision by the tech-firm, which is one of the country’s leading IT Managed Service providers, will benefit up to 800 clients and save them hundreds of pounds.

Their announcement comes as the UK Government prepares to meet with bosses from some of the major mobile and broadband providers at Downing Street next week.

According to newspaper reports, CEOs from BT, Vodafone, Virgin Media/O2 (VMO2), Three UK, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband are all expected to attend the meeting next Monday. The move comes after most of the major operators imposed annual price hikes of up to around 10% on some customers.

Announcing the reasons behind their decision Roy Shelton, the CEO of the Connectus Group and the chair of the Chester Business Club, said: “Following two years of price freezes to support current clients through the pandemic, we have now extended our offer for a further 12 months.

“This is designed to help with the spiraling levels of inflation, which are now at a 40 year high, and the increased energy and supply chain costs which are hurting many companies.”

“All current customers will remain on their current tariffs at fixed prices for our entire Connect-Protect-Collaborate range of managed services.

“We have also extended our technical and commercial team capabilities to ensure our vastly expanding client base of over 800 organisations remain fully engaged and supported.”

Expanding further on the reasons behind the decision, Roy added: “Our whole mantra of mitigating cost, complexity and risk for our clients has never been as important as it is now.

“Companies can reduce their energy consumption and costs by adopting cloud-based strategies via partners who can also support the wider adoption of hybrid working which assists in reducing their carbon footprint.

“Thankfully very few of our customers have been impacted by the current and future planned industrial action across the rail sector and this can be credited to their investment in enabling their workforce to work remotely.”

The announcement comes as the UK Government prepares to meet with bosses from some of the major mobile and broadband providers at Downing Street next week. According to newspaper reports, CEOs from BT, Vodafone, Virgin Media/O2 (VMO2), Three UK, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband

are all expected to attend the meeting next Monday. The move comes after most of the major operators imposed annual price hikes of up to around 10% on some customers.

Earlier this year Connectus, which was formerly known as Connectus Business Solutions, announced they were merging with KTSL to create the Connectus Group.

The businesses and their 60 employees  now operate from six UK and Ireland sites and ambitious plans are in place to create further job opportunities across their commercial, delivery and support functions.

Their clients already include AIB, UCB, Unilever, the Peel Group, Sale Sharks and the National Police Air Service.

Connectus Group expects to deliver revenues of more than £10m in the current financial year ending March 2023 including significant and sustainable profits which will help pave the way for accelerated organic and inorganic growth.

With a two-decade legacy in telecommunications, Connectus helps clients to mitigate costs, complexity and risk and provides business critical infrastructure along with fully managed solutions. It has a dedicated, customer focused and technically capable team, who work with clients at their own pace and level of technical understanding to ensure great outcomes are achieved.

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