(L-R): Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group), Sophie Turner (British Swimming, Event Officer), Graham Spratt (British Swimming) and Jane Faulkner (British Swimming).
Gateshead-based SOS Group Ltd is enjoying a summer of sport, providing digital office equipment for several high-profile sporting competitions.
The digital office equipment company has been working with British Swimming at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield, and it is currently providing services at the IAAF World Championships in London and the Special Olympics GB National Games, also in Sheffield.
This summer has also seen the company provide services at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.
Sophie Turner, event officer at British Swimming, worked closely with SOS director, Andrew Skelton, to ensure smooth delivery of The British Summer Championships, she said: “The British Summer Championships is the biggest competition of the year in terms of participants, and working with SOS was a pleasure.
“They provided a great, reliable service at a competition that proves to be very demanding.”
Andrew Skelton, director at SOS Group, explains: “We’re proud of the service we were able to provide British Swimming. It’s a privilege being involved, in even a small way, with a dramatic competition like the British Summer Championships.
“Every client has their own individual needs and it’s vitally important we build strong relationships to ensure we’re providing the right print, copy, scan, telecommunications and IT services for every business situation.
“It’s a great responsibly ensuring effective delivery while working to very tight deadlines and ensuring our equipment performs in extreme pressure situations, and with users who are under great pressure themselves.”
At the Athletics World Championships (the IAAF World Championships), SOS has deployed 110 devices for use in the Olympic Stadium, that are being used to print everything from notes for the IAAF Council, press handouts, maps and timetables, to scripts for major broadcasters.
At the Olympic Stadium, SOS is ensuring delivery of competition essentials, including press handouts and results from the previous day.
Andrew said: “In London, we are providing on site and remote support between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week. And we have a local business centre as our support hub to house consumables parts and spares so we are within 10 minutes of the stadium to affect our back up plan, if required.
“As with every client, ensuring digital office services are reliable and cost-effective is key and there is certainly an increased pressure to deliver when you know the world’s greatest sports men and women are in the picture.”