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Northamber awarded Longest Standing Partner

8th July 2021: The winners of the first-ever Stock in the Channel Disty Awards have been announced, celebrating the suppliers that enable tens of thousands of resellers to do business through the largest stock & price search platform.

Northamber are delighted to have been awarded the prize for Longest Standing Partner, Stock in the Channel gave the following description:

Awarded to the supplier with the longest-term commitment to the platform. Supporting Stock in the Channel since its inception in November 2006, Northamber are an absolute all-rounder, with hundreds of feeds and good coverage across product data.

The Disty Awards were selected from internally measured features of the Stock in the Channel platform, with the objective of shining a light on all trade distributors, large and small, broadline and niche.

With over 160 UK suppliers connected to Stock in the Channel, the platform offers over 6 million IT products and is used by tens of thousands of resellers every day.

To find out more about the stock & price search engine and a large range of other services offered to MSPS and resellers, head to www.stockinthechannel.co.uk.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2021

Northamber Plc becomes Lenovo’s third UK distributor

7th June 2021: Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) today unveiled its new distribution strategy in the UK and Ireland. Northamber Plc has been added to Lenovo’s roster of distributors giving more channel partners across the UK access to Lenovo’s portfolio of servers, storage, and solutions products.

Northamber becomes Lenovo ISG’s third UK distributor alongside Arrow and TechData, giving Lenovo access to an extensive breadth of new IT channel partners focused on serving SME and mid-market businesses.

“This year, we are evolving Lenovo’s distribution strategy,” said Ian Jeffs, General Manager, Lenovo Infrastructure Group. “Our existing distributors support some of the UK’s biggest blue-chip companies, public sector organisations and AI and solutions specialists. Working in collaboration with Northamber, we can collaborate with even more partners supporting growing businesses throughout the UK.

“This year, Lenovo ISG’s ambition is to become one of the UK’s top three IT infrastructure solution companies. Evolving our distribution strategy will allow us to support the channel better and help more partners access our technology solutions,” concluded Jeffs.

Northamber is a long-established distributor with significant experience working with resellers to develop server and storage solutions. Northamber’s flexibility and Value Add focus has built strong reseller relationships across SMB and Mid-Market partners; being able to offer Lenovo’s server and storage portfolio as well as Lenovo’s Alliance partners aligns with Northamber’s focus on helping those partners grow. Northamber is adding dedicated Lenovo specialists to complement the high technical capability to support this new relationship. 

“Northamber is delighted to be working with Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group. Northamber’s heritage was built on distributing server and storage into SMB and Mid-market; the addition of Lenovo’s portfolio and its clear commitment to the SMB channel will allow us to bring an exciting new offering to this space through our loyal partners,” said Alex Phillips, Managing Director, Northamber.

Today’s SMB and Mid-market companies, post-pandemic, are focused on building greater resilience into their business, and digital transformation continues to be the number one focus for IT decision makers. Lenovo’s continuing commitment to collaborating with its worldwide partner ecosystem helps them build solutions that fulfil the exact requirements of their customers, whilst reducing risk, increasing reliability, and supporting digital transformation.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com,and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Northamber AV partners with Vestel Visual Solutions

London, UK, 11th May 2021 Leading UK AV & IT distributor Northamber plc. announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Vestel Visual Solutions. The agreement will see Northamber promote and distribute Vestel’s large format displays to the pro AV and IT reseller channels.

Vestel Visual Solutions is one of the primary global manufacturer of professional display solutions for a range of industries such as retail, hospitality, workplaces, schools and colleges. Coupled with dedicated services and support, it delivers bespoke display solutions which are tailored to the needs of its customers.

Peter Dosanjh, Director of AV at Northamber, said “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Vestel. They have an extensive offering of high quality professional display solutions. and their product range is already available via our sister company AVM. We look forward to expanding upon this further by taking their large format displays to the Northamber pro AV and IT reseller channels.”

 “We believe that professional display solutions empower resellers to create new revenue streams within a growing technological space, said David Flintoft, Sales & Marketing Director, Vestel, “and forming partnerships with leading distributors such as Northamber is critical for reaching this audience. Additionally, at Vestel we have ambitious growth targets for the UK market, none of which can be achieved without the vital support of our partners. Having already worked with Northamber’s sister company, we are excited to expand this partnership further to reach new audiences with our professional display solutions.”

Northamber are able to offer Vestel’s products with immediate effect.

About Vestel Visual Solutions:

Vestel Visual Solutions is a leading global manufacturer of professional display solutions. We believe in the power of displays to create more engaging environments for everyone and are dedicated to building a wide range of exceptional products which enable organisations to achieve this goal.

As one of the largest display manufacturers in the world, and supported by 1.1 million square metres of production space at our headquarters in Manisa, Turkey, we benefit from economies of scale infrastructure. This enables us to design, build and deliver industry-leading solutions – including TVs, professional displays, and EV chargers – to more than 150 countries around the world.

Press contact

Rachel Eyre, AV Marketing Manager @ Northamber
ree1@northamber.com

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hardware as a Service

Many customers have found that the sudden lockdown situation has caused them to spend all their CAPEX budgets in kitting out the workforce for remote working and collaboration. This has caused many projects to be delayed or even cancelled.

To help address this for both resellers and end users, Northamber, working with Tech Subscription Services, has introduced HaaS to provide a new approach to acquiring equipment and services, that uses quarterly OPEX payments and has levels of flexibility that go beyond what traditional leasing would have provided.

Click here to read more

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2021

Our 2021 Education Guide is available now!

The last year or so has seen the most disruption that our schools, colleges and universities have witnessed, probably in living memory. As the pandemic hit and teaching establishments closed, the requirements on education technology changed almost overnight.

Our latest Guide draws upon some of the expertise of our specialists to provide the latest solutions for your Education customers.

Split across four sections; Audio Visual, Document Management & IT Peripherals, Infrastructure & Security and our Room Guides, this reseller buyer’s guide  showcases many key solutions required to fulfil the changing needs in education.

You can now download the Education Guide flipbook or PDF by visiting www.northamber.com/education

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Data Protection Act Compliance in the UK during COVID-19

Data protection in the United Kingdom currently falls under the incidence of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). The DPA was adopted into the UK’s national legislation while the country was still part of the European Union. It was originally drafted as a supplement to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that the UK had an obligation to comply with at the time.

Under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the text of the GDPR was added to the DPA as a single regime for general processing activities and integrated into UK domestic law to remedy any potential deficiencies arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent body tasked with upholding information rights and enforcing DPA compliance. The ICO has been one of the most active Data Protection Authorities in Europe, issuing some of the biggest GDPR fines to date, involving a number of major organisations. In October 2020, the ICO fined British Airways a record-breaking £20 million after it ruled the airline had failed to protect their customers’ personal data. Hotel chain Marriott was fined £18.4 million for the same reasons.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, the ICO temporarily paused some of its investigations as it refocused its attention and resources on how to best address the new challenges faced by the general public and their sensitive data. It created a Data Protection and Coronavirus Information Hub and issued a series of guidance for organisations about remote work and its updated regulatory approach in response to the pandemic. Let’s take a closer of look at what these mean for businesses and their compliance efforts.

Greater leniency

The good news is that the ICO has emphasized that it will be adopting a more lenient approach to enforcement, taking into account the context organisations are currently operating in and the potential burdens they might face in navigating the present situation. This means that, in accordance with their Regulatory Action Policy, before issuing fines, the ICO will consider economic impact and affordability which will likely lead to lowered fines.

However, that does not give companies a license for noncompliance. The ICO warned that any organisations looking to exploit the public health emergency for their own benefit will be met with firm action on their side.

When deciding whether to take formal regulatory action, the ICO will also take into consideration whether noncompliance resulted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When a data breach occurs, organisations will be given more time to put things right if the pandemic has impacted the organisation’s ability to take steps to rectify the situation and the delay will not cause further risks to the public.

Data breach notifications are still mandatory

The COVID-19 pandemic does not absolve companies from reporting data breaches when they occur. In fact, organisations are still required to notify the ICO within 72 hours after they become aware of a breach.

Devices used while working from home

The ICO dedicated an entire section of its recommendations for organisations to the different approaches companies can adopt when it comes to the devices employees use while working from home. These include using a company-issued device which is deemed the most secure option, personal devices that use company software for work, and using personal devices directly.

The ICO urges organisations to consider the security risks for each option and put mitigation methods in place to avoid data breaches. These include issuing security guidance to employees that should include advice such as keeping software up to date and choosing strong passwords. Employees should also be able to report data breaches internally when they affect devices used for work.

When it comes to company-owned devices, the ICO recommends ensuring that devices can be supported and updated remotely and putting in place mechanisms that prevent data from being transferred outside from a device such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions. DLP tools can also help organisations prevent personal data from being copied onto insecure personal storage devices such as USB sticks.

In conclusion

While the ICO has taken into account the struggles organisations face under these extraordinary circumstances, they also acknowledge the potential security risks involved in large-scale remote work and have issued guidance accordingly.

While companies can rest assured that, if the pandemic has limited their capacity to comply with DPA requirements, the ICO will be understanding, willful negligence is unlikely to be tolerated or to reduce penalties.  Organisations must therefore continue their compliance efforts to the best of their abilities despite the pressures of a global pandemic.

If you would like more information on CoSoSyS Endpoint Protector Data Loss Prevention and to register for a partner demo, please call the Northamber experts on 020 8296 7015.

 

 

Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Northamber AV partners with AVerMedia

London, UK, 8th March 2021 Leading UK AV & IT distributor Northamber plc. announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with AVerMedia. The agreement will see Northamber promote and distribute AVerMedia to the pro AV and IT reseller channels.

AVerMedia provides an easy to use and affordable Audio Visual and live streaming solutions for all vertical markets. The range of AVerMedia solutions complement the existing Northamber portfolio of live stream streaming products and have unique features that are extremely useful for Northamber’s reseller partners. The products are continuously evolving, and as new additions including full 4K cameras will make the AVerMedia products extremely desirable to all Northamber reseller partners and their customers.

Peter Dosanjh, Director of AV at Northamber, said “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with AVerMedia. Their products are perfectly suited to meet the shift in workplace solutions from working from home, hybrid working, school or office based collaboration requirements. They are easy to use, affordable, feature rich and are complementary to our existing range of products. Their confidence in our team and our long established reach into both the pro AV and IT VAR reseller channels provides for an excellent partnership.“

Philippe Serreau, EU Sales Director at AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., said “Northamber impressed us from day one, not only with their creditable success in the UK AV marketplace, but also their clear passion and enthusiasm in adding AVerMedia to their portfolio. This, along with their already successful partnership with AVerMedia’s affiliated company AVer Information Inc., gave us great confidence that they would be a welcomed distribution partner as we look to reach our goals in 2021 and onwards.”

Northamber are able to offer AVerMedia products with immediate effect.

Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021

Northamber AV partners with NowSignage

London, UK, 12th February 2021 Leading UK AV & IT distributor Northamber plc announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with NowSignage. The agreement will see Northamber promote and distribute NowSignage to the pro AV and IT reseller channels.

NowSignage provides an easy to use, affordable and secure Digital Signage CMS (Content Management Software) for all vertical markets. As well as being feature-rich, all NowSignage features are included with the standard licence. The product is continuously evolving, and as new features, like Proof-of-Play are released, these will automatically be made available to all customers at no additional charge.

Peter Dosanjh, Director of AV at Northamber, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with NowSignage. They provide the best Digital Signage CMS on the market and their solution perfectly complements with many of our existing vendor partners, enabling us to offer scalable cloud based digital signage software on any display platform anywhere.”

Richard Hutchinson, Sales Director at NowSignage, said: "Northamber are a natural distribution partner for us in terms of our multi-vendor hardware partnership approach, having six established NowSignage hardware partners already in place in their portfolio. This, coupled with their major growth plans in the UK AV marketplace makes them the perfect fit as a distribution partner as we look to increase our channel breadth in 2021 and beyond."

Northamber are able to offer NowSignage products with immediate effect.

About NowSignage

NowSignage is a multi-screen CMS that enables users to upload, schedule and manage content across their screens at the click of a button. The platform allows the seamless playing of static ads, videos, live YouTube, TV channel streaming, RSS news feeds, dashboards, web views, as well as moderated social media posts and approved apps such as Microsoft PowerBI. NowSignage is ideal for controlling digital signage across single locations with tens of screens, or multiple locations with thousands of screens located across different geographical regions. 

NowSignage are technology innovators who have changed and disrupted the traditional digital signage market. Since launching their cloud-based digital signage CMS in early 2013, their simplistic and cost-effective subscription service resulted in NowSignage immediately becoming the trusted digital signage provider to many of the world’s biggest brands. NowSignage has a total of 4,000+ registered users and is implemented across 36 countries.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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