Polish venture wins top award

A new venture to provide IT services to the Polish Ministry of Justice has won a major award for an IT company based at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn.

Wire Consulting and Technology Ltd has been awarded the 2006 International Discovery prize by Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise for its first venture overseas – a new contract with the Polish Government.

In presenting the award, Halton Chamber Chief Executive Bill Badrock praised the enterprise of Wire Consulting. He said: “Their contribution further strengthens the Chamber’s activities in Poland and proves that businesses offering good quality services can succeed in the global marketplace.”

For Mark Slater, the award is recognition that it is sometimes worth taking a risk.

He said: “We did not go looking for work outside the UK, but when we were approached with opportunities in Poland we decided to go for it.  As with everything in business, preparation is the key and having the right support and advice was critical to our success.

“The main barrier was language.  It was clear from the outset that all negotiations would be in Polish and so we needed a translator/interpreter.  Bill Badrock referred us to the North West Regional Language Network.  Through their database of resources we were able to obtain the services of Marek Lorys of East European Business Services who enabled us to overcome the language barrier.

“Simple things attempted to trip us up along the way – not having our Certificate of Incorporation and Annual Return translated into Polish for example.  Understanding the rules and laws of doing business in a different country was also a potential minefield but with research and again good preparation, we were able to reduce the risks.

“Overall, the experience was very intense but very beneficial both commercially and personally.”

The award coincides with Mark’s second anniversary of working in partnership with Andrew Beesley who founded the company less than three years ago.  The pair of businessmen will celebrate two years of moving to The Heath in January.

“Being at The Heath has really helped us. Moving here was one of the best business decisions we made,” said Mark.

Most of their clients are North West-based, including several at The Heath, although the firm also provides support to companies across the UK.

Staff at Wire Consulting & Technology Ltd are leaders in reducing the complexity of Information Technology in the workplace.  Through their portfolio of Wired IT Services™, they deliver fully managed IT solutions with a single point of contact, offering flexibility, reliability and safety to their clients at affordable rates.

For more information contact Wire Consulting & Technology at:

Tel: 0845 094 1446

Address: The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, WA7 4QX

About The Heath:

The Heath, which was established as a business park in 2000, has attracted over 170 British and international companies, ranging from bio science firms to IT specialists, from food industry consultants to website designers, and from government agencies to telemarketing specialists.

Residents have been attracted by the 50-acre business park’s vast range of impressive facilities and its flexibility in space management and in attitude. The Heath offers a wide range of office and laboratory space, together with a purpose-built conference centre that includes a video conferencing studio and a 120-seat lecture theatre. Residents can also choose from a wide selection of additional services, including telephone and broadband connectivity, laboratory support services, scientific glassblowing and precision engineering facilities, to name but a few.

Combined with 1,700 parking spaces, its first-class transport links – and the ability for residents to select and pay for just the services they require – it’s no surprise that the number of companies on The Heath is continuing to grow rapidly.

Peter Cook, Managing Director of SOG Ltd – the company that owns and manages The Heath – explained: “Our philosophy is to cater for organisations that want both flexible terms and flexibility in how they occupy space. One of the great advantages here at The Heath is that smaller businesses can enjoy many of the services normally associated with a much larger organisation. There’s also a great feeling of being part of a business village – a community of people who are looking after one another.”

For further information on The Heath telephone 01928 515988 or visit www.theheath.com