Technology specialist targets further growth after contracts boost

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New contracts worth a combined six-figure sum have allowed a north-east technology start-up to build upon recent momentum and create room for future growth.

Launched in January 2017, The TechForce has struck deals, worth more than £100,000, to provide cyber security, cloud computing solutions and IT support to several oil and gas service companies focused predominantly on the North Sea market.

These latest contracts include the firm’s largest project order to date. The Aberdeen-based business has successfully delivered cyber security, backup, and disaster recovery services – as well as security awareness and training – for oilfield services specialist SMS Oilfield.

In addition, the technology start-up has delivered IT infrastructure support, cyber security solutions and hardware procurement and installation for integrated manufacturing firm Pryme Group, including at its SengS operation in Aberdeenshire.

The TechForce, which moved to new city centre office premises in June, was established in January – less than a year after managing director Jai Aenugu was named winner of the Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year honour at the 2016 Elevator Awards.

Commenting on the new deals, Jai Aenugu said: “We are extremely pleased to see the benefits of our proactive approach to IT security continuing to pay dividends with these latest, important contract wins helping to save clients time, stress and money.

“It is great to receive such a positive endorsement from new clients and become their trusted technology partner. We are also continuing to provide additional services to existing clients as our relationship with these businesses develops further.

“While it has taken a lot of hard work and dedication, we could not have asked for much more from our first year of trading – especially when the Aberdeen market has been relatively slow. We have also received a good level of interest in the beta version of our security package, TechForce PROTECT, across different parts of the UK.

“Now, we are turning attention to 2018 and are already aiming to grow the business further in the north-east, as well as in Angus and the Highlands.”

Based at Provender House, Waterloo Quay, The TechForce provides cyber security services and security awareness training for medium-to-large companies and managed IT services for high-growth businesses.

Managing director Jai Aenugu also continues to run the Entrepreneurs Club series to support and inspire the next generation of start-ups. A series of regular ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ events are held across Aberdeen, Dundee, and Inverness, featuring talks with leading business figures who have launched and run their own successful companies.

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