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IT Suite Back In Business Thanks to Fundraisers

January 2012

Southern Daily Echo 14th January 2012 - Excited Students from Minstead Training Project in the new IT Suite.

(Southern Daily Echo 14th January 2012 - Excited Students from Minstead Training Project in the new IT Suite.)

Southern Daily Echo 14th January 2012 - Excited Students from Minstead Training Project in the new IT Suite.

The Minstead Training Project has installed a new IT Suite with funds raised from a 3 Peaks walking and climbing charity challenge, where brave (and fit) volunteers had to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon within a 24 hour period.Minstead Training’s Roy Baker - Finance Director, Century IT Services’ Paul Marsh – Partner & Rick Burt - Partner

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain (1344 metres) in the British Isles and is located in the Scottish Highlands.

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 978 metres and is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbia.

Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales (1085 metres), located in the Snowdonia National Park.

Century IT Services were approached for their specialist I.T knowledge and expertise (as well as their flexibility with working with charities) to advise and install the new I.T suite of Windows 7 computers and Microsoft Small Business server so there could be maximum functionality and benefit to the students.

Minstead's Students Already Enjoying the new IT Suite

 

In addition, the I.T Suite can easily be used as an Internet café as well, utilising a shared broadband internet access with Skype and webcams. There are a range of learning applications and software as well as copiers and printers.

 

 

The I.T Suite is already in use by the students and staff as well as Furzey Gardens so they can produce signs and photography for Furzey Gardens based near Lyndhurst, Hampshire. The IT Suite will be used by students and staff to offer training and research.

 

 

A Big Thank You from Minstead's Students & Staff

The Minstead Training Project was founded in 1986 and offers whole year round services in residential and day care and training in Work, Life and Social Skills to adults who have learning disabilites. Since the Project started they have earned a reputation for our unique style of high quality care, commitment and excellence.

To find out more about Minstead Training Project, their 3 peaks challenge or the new I.T Suite, you can follow the Minstead Training Project on Facebook HERE

www.minsteadtp.org - www.furzey-gardens.org

St Loye's FoundationSt Loye’s Day – Employer Event

December 2011

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor, Councillor Stella Brock, Paul Marsh, Darren RobertsonOn 1st December St Loye’s Foundation opened its doors at its Exeter Headquarters to celebrate St Loye’s Day. They invited employers from across the country to say thank you for supporting the charity in offering employment opportunities for its clients with disabilities and long term health conditions. Among the attendees was The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor, Councillor Stella Brock. With St Loye’s 75th Anniversary around the corner in 2012, the annual event was a great reminder of all the people the charity and its supporters have helped over the years. A great time was had by all!

For more information on how you or your business could help St Loye’s please visit their website. www.stloyes.org.uk

Jane Edwards, Paul Marsh, Phillip Mitchell & Darren RobertsonCentury IT Services are pleased to have been able to support St Loye’s charity by providing work placement opportunities for students who are looking for experience working in a real business environment rather than just solely following an academic learning path.
We have been able to deliver a valuable workplace experience, mentoring students in how we deliver our Professional I.T Support, I.T Training, I.T Installations. We have mentored students so they can be comfortable and build confidence in their customer interaction.

Century IT Services provide valuable business I.T Help Desk Support and IT Network Installations services from our offices in Totton, Hampshire.

Who are St Loye’s?

St Loye’s Foundation is a national charity based in Exeter, Devon with satellite offices in Warrington and Cardiff. We offer over 70 years’ experience in training, developing and supporting people with disabilities or long term health conditions into lasting employment. We extend this expertise by also supplying other services to a wide range of service users and client groups

Paperboy dreams of Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo!

November 2011

Description: http://www.wiredwessex.com/dyn/reports/dcas_image3.jpgOne of Century IT Services Partner’s, Darren Robertson was lucky enough to have a mention by Wired Wessex, a Winchester based business networking and advice group who focus on SMEs in Hampshire.

Darren was privileged to have been asked by Wired Wessex for a review of himself and his business, Century IT Services for their regular Member Spotlight article.
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Century IT Services are computer and network support company based in Totton, Hampshire who focus their I.T skill on improving the success, productivity and profit of other small and medium sized businesses.

Based within a stone’s throw from Eling harbour and Tide Mill, which offer a picturesque back drop to an appeasing Hampshire vista and a yachter’s dream.


Darren is an interesting guy, has a young family and a local small business owner with a dream based on other SMEs business success!

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Wow another 12 months have flown by in almost ‘the blink of an eye!’

August 2011

Century IT Mill House Centre

We have been consistently busy for quite some time and our I.T support company has experienced a very busy expansion phase.

We have found that Century IT Services has remained very popular with the local small business community along the south coast and we have experienced our busiest year yet.

In September 2010 we decided to move from the Southampton Science Park to a larger office at the Mill House in Totton, Hampshire, unfortunately within a period of around 12 months we had out grown that office too.

We found we were quickly running out space for the numerous server, computer and network installations we have been performing for new and existing customers and had also recorded a 50% increase with our support desk tickets compared to the previous year.

 

Century IT new company car

We had also been considering employing an I.T apprentice for some time but simply didn't have the space to do so. The 3 business owners having started their early careers as an apprentices decided that an apprentice would be the preferable method of recruiting additional technical resource and we could train the apprentice to use our methods of working.

Opportunity soon came our way and another much larger office in the Mill House Centre became available so in August 2011 we took the decision to move to a larger office yet again (luckily for us within the same building). To give us greater capacity and flexibility we used the timing of our office move to make significant improvements to our phone systems and server systems and slicker remote and home working, we also invested in a more modern looking web site. (Tell us what you think)

Plans for 2011 – 2012 are further growth and expansion, our business is a service based business and we will continue to deliver the same excellent level of service which is difficult to find elsewhere.

Century IT Services have expanded

September 2010

Century IT Services have expanded our operations and now have offices at the Mill House in Totton.

After another busy year, we have been expanding our customer base and importantly continued to maintain our existing clients in the manner and level of service that they have grown accustomed to.

From our offices in Totton we will be providing our unique IT network support options for Business Critical IT issues, network installation services and our popular Out of Hours Support Services (Century Emergency)

The Mill House Centre has ample parking for visitors and our telephone numbers remain unchanged.

Find our Totton office on Google Maps


Some local history of the Totton Mill House

The Mill House is still branded Peter Mumford & Sons - Flour Mills 1885

So it would seem in the distant past, at least during the Victorian Era that the Mill House was a local workhouse for people living in Totton, Eling and surrounding areas.

If you look carefully at the orientation of the Mill House building you will notice that the entrance to the building actually faces the railway lines where one would presume that the milled flour was loaded straight onto the trains at Totton Train Station.

The Totton Railway station only opened in 1859 and before the railway was in use the only other means of transport were horse and cart and the Longbridge network of canals that ran where the existing railway lines in Test Lane are, from Redbridge up through the The Wibbeys towards Romsey.

For Local History Click Here

Minstead Training Project & Furzey Gardens

October 2009

Minstead Training Project & Furzey Gardens

Southampton based Century IT Services have recently helped The Minstead Training Project charity with a computer network installation and modernisation program which was successfully completed a few weeks ago.

The computer network project involved Century IT Services getting involved at the very beginning to understand Minstead’s needs and provide advice on IT systems. Paul Marsh of Century IT Services says “we were more than happy to help out after being approached by The Minstead Training Project. We initially helped by providing IT consultancy services, specifying a computer system that would meet Minstead Training Project’s needs and importantly meeting modern legalisation. This included modernising and improving existing systems whilst also employing new systems, software and securities measures as well as a secure remote and mobile working solution. As with any IT project, it was important that the modernisation was completed on time and to budget with minimal disruption to day to day operations as Minstead’s operations are a 24/7, 365 days a year service.”

Roy Baker, Finance Director at Minstead says “We are very satisfied with our IT System provided by Century IT Services and it actually goes beyond meeting our original requirements, is easy to administer and having received excellent training, again provided by Century IT Services. The benefits of the new system are being utilised by staff and students already – a great result!”

Century IT Services is providing ongoing computer and network support helpdesk services via remote connection and onsite arrangement.

The Minstead Training Project charity was founded in 1986 is situated in the New Forest (Hampshire), in the picturesque village of Minstead near Lyndhurst. It offers whole year round services in residential and day care and training in Work, Life and Social Skills to young people who have learning disabilities.

Minstead Training Group Minstead Training Project

Photos taken by Carrie Bugg Photography

The Minstead Training Project

www.minsteadtp.org  www.furzey-gardens.org

Century IT Services working with new business startups

September 2009

SYOB

Start your own business offers free business advice and information for small business owners and new business start ups in Hampshire. Century IT Services have teamed up with them and offering 1hr free time exclusive to new business startups find us on http://www.syob.co.uk/ for more information

Century IT Services have renewed their Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller (AER) qualification.

August 2009

Microsoft AER

The Microsoft® Authorised Education Reseller (AER) programme allows qualified partners to sell Microsoft products at academic prices to a range of eligible institutions, including educational users, primary and secondary schools, charities, teaching hospitals, public libraries, public museums, public research establishments and government offices under the following Microsoft AER licence agreements:-

  • Academic Select
  • Academic Open
  • School Agreement 3.5
  • Campus Agreement 3.5

Microsoft AER offers licence discounts for Microsoft desktop application software, licence for desktop operating systems, server operating systems and server applications. Licencing programmes can be used to support faculty and staff with access to products for their personal use (HUP) or work-related use (Work at Home).

The licences are flexible and you can be licenced to run any version including upgrades and downgrades including Office Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise upgrade, Core CAL, FrontPage, Project, Encarta, Visio, Visual Studio, Publisher and CALs/SALs.

Are you a School, Registered Charity, Public Library, Public Museum or other Educational institution and would like to know if you can make a saving on your Microsoft licensing whilst maintaining a flexible licence agreement?

Century IT Services are now a 3CX Certified Partner

June 2009

3CX Certified Professional

Our commitment to supplying our customers with an alternative to the traditional phone system increased in June as one of the partners attended a VoIP phone system training day in London. This has given Century IT Services a detailed knowledge of the way that VoIP based phone systems can be very flexible and cost effective solution for our customers.

They could potentially save large amounts of money in call charges and provide a flexible system with features that only enterprise systems offer for example; Voice Mail for all extensions, a Digital Receptionist and tele-conferencing. Also another benefit is that this system runs on a standard Computer running a Windows Operating System so when the computer gets obsolete the phone system software can be easily transferred to a new one.

The course was run by 3CX the powerful software which is at the heart of the phone system that Century IT offers. Since the training Rick Burt now has been certified as a "3CX Valued Professional". This means that Century IT Services has proven itself in installing and configuring the 3CX phone system software in a variety of scenarios. It also has access to the 3CX Support team and other support resources.

Fore more information regarding a VoIP phone system for your business follow the links below

Century IT Phone Solutions Webpage

3CX Website

Snom Website

Dell Partnership

January 2009

Dell Commitment to Partners

Dell Partners

Following a very successful 2008, Century IT Services have been awarded with Dell Registered Partner status.

Becoming a Dell Registered Partner as well as being an established I.T services provider working within the I.T industry for many years, allows us to offer a greater selection of I.T solutions to our clients. In addition “Enhanced Service and Support providing 100% dedicated customer care for partners, improved asset-tag transfer and Warranty Parts Direct.”

We provide computer network support and troubleshooting services, computer and server installations and ‘Voice over IP’ (VoIP) telephone systems. We are also specialists in fault finding on some of the most troublesome computer networks.

We help clients from a range of different industries, maintain and support their I.T investment, as a poorly maintained or installed computer system can literally have an effect on your ability to do business and compete with your competitors.

Dell is committed to earning their channel partners trust and business. Every day.

Free Laptop Offer

November 2008

FREE Laptops

Christmas comes early at Century IT Services

From now until December 19th 2008 we are giving away a limited number of FREE laptops for you to do with as you wish.

You may think this is a gimmick or even a clever sales technique but it’s more than that. It’s due to great sales and our strong partnership with our suppliers over the past year, we are fortunate to offer this to you, we at century IT services could have opted to keep this for ourselves but felt during this festive time we would bring festive cheer to others.

This offer is for every Century Standard, Plus, Premium and Emergency contract signed and agreed prior to 19th December 2008.

Call us to find out how we can save you money and give you a laptop for christmas

Century Broadband

Century Broadband

August 2008

Overview

Century IT Services provides high quality, low cost broadband and reliable internet services to business and residential customers.

We appreciate that Internet and email can be the life blood of your company and the reliance of your internet connections can be just as important as any of your other primary computer applications.

Being a partner with a top internet service provider allows Century IT Services to offer good quality, business grade broadband services at very competitive prices. We also have our own internet, email and broadband diagnostics tools and top level access, if needed to our ISP partner technical support.

Unifying Support Services

Unifying your I.T support services along with your internet services ensures that there is only one company to call should you have a support issue and you should never need to speak to an ISP’s call centre, just leave the hassle to us.

In addition to the new broadband services, we also offer many services including:-

  • Website Design
  • Virtual Hosting
  • IT Consultancy & Disaster recovery planning
  • Firewall consultancy & configuration
  • Network security planning
  • Wireless broadband solutions
  • E-mail, Internet & Mobile solutions
  • Internet Backup Solutions
  • Internet based Anti-virus and Anti-spam Solutions

Call or fill out the form to request more information and how we can save you money>

Referral Reward Scheme

August 2008

We like to be recommended, and after a receiving a number of referrals from existing clients we want you to know that we really appreciate the nice things you have been saying about us.

As from the 1st September 2008, we will giving away rewards for recommending us. The rewards can either go to your company or direct to the individual that recommended us, it’s your choice!

Depending upon the nature of the recommendation we will be giving away IPods, Colour Printers, Flat Panel Monitors, Laptops, Windows Mobile devices, discounts on your network support renewals or ‘credit in time’ (CIT).

For more information on our referral scheme, contact one of the partners.

The referral scheme is subject to Century IT Services terms & conditions

Charity Donation

July 2008

As a commitment to supporting the local community, Century IT Services will donate a percentage of all support contracts sold between August and November 2008 to a local charity nominated by an existing customer.

Century IT Services will accept nominations for charities in the Hampshire area up until November 30th 2008. A decision will be made on 5th December 2008. The 3 partners Paul Marsh, Rick Burt & Darren Robertson will select a local, good cause from the nominations to make the donation to.

We will publish the nominated charity on our web site in December 2008 and to promote the charity, there will be a link from Century IT Services web site to the nominated charity’s web site.

Aldbourne CAN

Aldbourne CAN

July 2008

This summer has seen Century IT Services provide an internet café solution for the village of Aldbourne in Wiltshire.

The internet cafe is set in the centre of the village in a converted building; it has kitchen and toilet facilities along with desks for 10 people, it also has a chill out area with tables and two black sofas. The internet cafe is made up of 11 HP computers, 17" flat panel monitors, webcams, colour printers and a modern web filtering device. There is also some Xbox game consoles connected to large flat panel HD televisions mounted on the wall. It is also planned to use the CAN for teaching people how to use computers and digital cameras etc

The internet cafe was officially opened on the 24th June 2008 by Chairman of the Parish Council, Brian Buckler, although the cafe will be fully open once volunteers and an employed youth worker can be found to run the day to day activities.

The internet cafe was the idea of the Aldbourne Youth Council and the village Website Group and it was funded by a grant from Kennet District Council, Sarcen Housing association, The National Lottery, GWR Kidz and Wiltshire Young Peoples Opportunity Fund. Nick Wilkinson, a member of the Aldbourne CAN group helped identify the I.T requirements and coordinate tenders from local I.T companies. Century IT Services won this tender after competing with many other local companies.

In the past the Aldbourne Youth Council has:

  • Raised funds with a Sponsored Bike Ride, visited other youth organisations to help advise them on how to set up a youth council, delivered power point presentations to Parish Councils.
  • Had a BMX track and Youth Shelter built for community use, arranged, organised and ran an Alternative Sports Day for the community of Aldbourne as a celebration and fundraising event where MP Michael Ancram came to offer his support and agreed to play his guitar to the crowds alongside the youth band who were playing there.
  • Won the Philip Lawrence Award in December 2006 and a Deutch bank spotlight highly commended award for their efforts to improve the facilities for the community where they live.
  • Laid play bark in a children's play area to save the Parish Council money, put up nest boxes in Rectory Wood and worked with the Aldbourne Volunteers to Plant Hedges on Palmers field and clear the tennis court of moss, weeds and debris on Southward Lane.

The overall operations of the Internet cafe will be run by a management team drawn from both the Youth Council and the Website Group. The website group will now begin to create a new village website and together with the Youth Council and other village organisations, develop a valuable digital archiving service for the village.  There are also plans for a large display cabinet to go on the wall inside the CAN which will display original pieces of village history and pieces will be rotated to maintain interest.

For more information about the project, see the CAN website www.aldbournecan.com

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Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller

June 2008

Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller

Century IT Services have attained Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller.

The Microsoft® Authorised Education Reseller (AER) programme allows qualified partners to sell Microsoft products at academic prices to a range of eligible institutions, including educational users, charities, teaching hospitals, public libraries, public museums, public research establishments and government offices. By becoming authorised to sell Microsoft Academic Edition software products to education customers, we have established ourselves as a specially-trained company that is ready to provide complete solutions and services to customers.

Microsoft Small Business Specialist

June 2008

Microsoft Small Business Specialist

Century IT Services have attained Microsoft Small Business Specialist status.

Microsoft partners who qualify as Small Business Specialists have proven a competency in marketing, selling, planning and building solutions for small businesses. This qualification is based on real past experience of consulting, planning, implementing supporting and troubleshooting real computer systems for small businesses