IT business comes home to Teesside

IT business comes home to Teesside

A North East IT company, started by a Stockton schoolboy, has celebrated its 10th anniversary by opening its fourth office on Teesside.

Razorblue Group already employs more than 40 people across its Catterick and Leeds bases and has just posted record results, having grown by nearly 40% in the last financial year.

Managing director Dan Kitchen said the expansion into Wynyard Park was “like coming home”.

He said: “At Catterick we experienced problems with recruitment – and although we will keep recruiting in that area – we feel there are greater opportunities here to find new talent from Teesside and the other local universities.” 

Over the next 12 months Razorblue will create 10 jobs at its 2,500 sq ftWynyard office to work with current clients including Sports Direct, Wensleydale Creamery and financial advisors Gale & Phillipson.

Kitchen said: “Although this is a new office, this is not new territory for us, we already have a large client base in Teesside and having a presence here will open doors to other local businesses.

“What we have to offer, I believe, gives us the edge over our competitors.”

Razorblue began as a cloud hosting business, and still works with some of its early clients, although it has gradually evolved.  The company now offers expertise in Managed IT Support, Cloud, Superfast Connectivity, Telecoms and Bespoke Business Software and - and soon plans to increase its turnover from £3.5m to £4.5m.

Kitchen said: “We became an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in 2009 and built our own network.

“We also wholly own our cloud infrastructure and the knowledge behind that goes back more than 10 years. Very few of our competitors in this region have that in-depth level of knowledge or control, and that results in a better more joined up service for our clients.” 


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