Resource type: Case study
Datasharp UK Limited Case Study
Cornish technology business grows with support from Superfast Business Cornwall
Cornwall based technology company Datasharp UK Limited provides businesses throughout the UK with IT advice, solutions and support.
Established in the 1980s, the business has constantly remained at the forefront of business technology solutions ever since. With experts who focus on Voice, Connectivity, IT, Photocopiers and Infrastructure they pride themselves on providing great customer satisfaction and this has earned them 36 customer care awards from organisations such as Microsoft and Unify.
The business approached Superfast Business Cornwall to help them develop a cloud-based software system collating business data which can be used anywhere on an internet ready device – the idea being ‘your office is where you are’ at a low monthly cost and targeted at the small to medium sized business customer.
Digital Business Enabler Mike Robertson worked with Datasharp to develop the project and an application for grant funding for development costs. The application was reviewed by Superfast Business Cornwall’s Expert Panel, made up of senior business professionals. The Panel, from finance, technology, legal and chaired by Superfast Business Cornwall, believed the project was worth the investment as they saw it as a good strategic development for Datasharp.
Paul Hayes, Head of Finance said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Datasharp to develop a new solution that over time we can tailor to have a “good fit” into many industries.
The new service will be complemented by our existing portfolio of technologies and will allow us to continue providing solutions that meet our end customers growing technology and data needs.
The project will also allow for the expansion of our services resulting in the creation of new full time permanent jobs within Cornwall.”
Mike continued to work with the company throughout the time of the funded project, regularly meeting with the company and ensuring they kept to timescale and achieved what they set out to do.
The Impact for Datasharp
As Mike explains:
“Datasharp is a great company to support, with dedicated and highly skilled staff supporting other businesses, both locally and nationally. This project has resulted in growth for them as they have taken on new staff and, once developed, their product will meet the needs of smaller businesses which can only be of benefit to Cornwall overall.”
Development of the product is ongoing, and a beta release of the system is road mapped for 2019.
Datasharp has a number of new jobs as part of their business expansion and their new service will secure and create more high value, highly skilled IT jobs in Cornwall.
Funded by ERDF, Superfast Business Cornwall provides a fully funded programme of support to help businesses understand, adopt and exploit digital technology for growth. Delivered by a small team of experienced Digital Business Advisers, the service offers 1-2-1 impartial advice, website reviews, workshops for small groups and advice on connectivity to Superfast Broadband. Grant funding may also be available for new digital projects which help businesses grow and create jobs.