Based in Fareham, The Rainbow Centre is a charity supporting children and adults with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, MS and stroke and their families.
The Rainbow Centre has awarded their copier contract to Allied Office Machines.
Inigo Churchill, Operations Director at The Rainbow Centre explained: “We were signed up to a long term contract which was expensive and difficult to terminate. Our main requirements were to maintain the same level of printing and scanning capabilities for less money and have a transparent and flexible contract. We went out to the market and selected Allied Office Machines. Dealing with them was very simple and easy. We liked the fact they were a small local company who provide a premium service.”
Steve Drayson, MD at Allied Office Machines added: “Allied Office Machines are an ethical family-run business where we pride ourselves on providing the best advice and solutions to all our customers. Our initial recommendation after reviewing the exiting contract was to leave it to run a little longer, as there was a significant cost associated with terminating it. However, we are now delighted we can provide The Rainbow Centre the technology support they need so they can concentrate on helping their clients. Our consultant Martyn has even signed up to run the London marathon to raise funds for the Centre.”
Photo – Martyn Pegram from Allied Office Machines and the children from The Rainbow Centre
Dorset based WRES is a privately owned company with a heritage spanning more than fifty years. They combine the established traditions of value, service and workmanship with today’s latest technologies to manufacture precision fabrications and sheet metal components.
In the manufacturing process, hundreds of work orders and delivery notes are generated every week. In line with their ISO certification, these documents need to be signed by the operators on the shop floor during production and stored within their business system. This was a manual, labour intensive task where all documents had to be individually scanned and manually linked to a customer record on the system.
There was a team of people storing the paperwork using small scanners on their desks. This had to be completed as well as their other day to day duties which often lead to backlogs, at times up to three months’ worth.
After a review, ControlSuite from Kofax together with a Ricoh IMC4500 multifunctional copier was proposed as a solution.
Westley Hamar, Director at WRES, commented: ” Prior to installing ControlSuite software our finance team spent hours each day scanning in signed work orders and delivery notes. Now the whole task takes minutes. They just scan the documents in a batch, the software reads the barcodes and stores it into our system. The team is delighted they no longer need to complete the old labourious manual process.”
Steve Drayson, MD at Allied Office Machines, added: ” At Allied, we always try to add value for our customers and offer a solution that really fits their needs and ultimately improve the efficiency of the way they work. After our consultant visited WRES it became clear that we would be able to automate part of their scanning routine, saving the company time and money whilst making their work order process more effective. We are very pleased with the result.”
Photo – Westley Hamar from WRES and Steve Drayson from Allied Office Machines
Southampton Special Purpose Workshop (SSPW, www.sspw.co.uk) is the longest established private and independent day service provider for adults with special needs in Southampton. It was founded in 1993 by Jim Parker as an alternative to the traditional day services. The main workshop in Portswood is divided into four areas: woodwork, garage, craft and a canteen. The group also includes a farm in Durley and a shop in Woolston.
SSPW always tries to find meaningful, useful and enriching activities for their clients. To help with one of these activities, Allied Office Machines donate all their old photocopiers to SSPW. The clients take part in the whole process where they come and collect the copiers, load them onto a trailer and take them back to their workshop. Here the equipment is stripped down and all metal components are prepared for recycling while the clients learn about the different types of metal and copier parts. Once completed, all the metal parts are sold to a scrap yard.
This generates an income for the recreational fund, which is used to fund trips to museums and other fun activities chosen by the service users.
Sean Parker, Service Manager at Southampton Special Purpose Workshop, commented: “We have been proud to provide the day service for the last twenty-five years and many clients rely on us. It was very difficult with Covid where we had to close our doors. We still offered doorstep visits, phone calls and activity packs as our service is vital for some of our vulnerable clients. It is great to be fully open again and provide the full range of services which enhance our clients’ lives.”
Steve Drayson, MD at Allied Office Machines, added: “We are very happy to donate our old equipment to SSPW. It’s reassuring to know that the old upgraded equipment is not only put to good use but is also fully recycled and helps to fund the worthwhile activities for the clients of SSPW.”
Photo – Jamie Paulton from Allied Office Machines and SSPW team
Based in Portsmouth, Window Warehouse is the south coast’s leading manufacturer of quality uPVC and aluminium windows and doors to the domestic and commercial sectors.
Many large corporations spend millions on cybersecurity and still get attacked by cyber criminals, their private data encrypted, stolen and used for ransom. Experts agree that it is no longer a question of if, but when you get targeted. A business needs to take every precaution they can in building strong perimeter and end point defences, however, they also need to plan for when there is a breach and how to manage it.
Andy Bulcock, IT Manager at Window Warehouse explained: “We are always looking at ways in which we can strengthen our cybersecurity defences. Since ransomware attacks have become more frequent across all business sectors, we knew we needed to invest in an effective solution which would neutralise this specific threat. As a business we have grown in size in the last few years and now have more users to protect. After extensive research we have selected RansomCare which was implemented by our technology partner Allied Office Machines.”
RansomCare(RC) is a cost effective and easy to install solution from BullWall. It is an innovative, last line of defence software which protects your confidential data against ransomware attacks from any user on any device. It provides a complete 24/7 containment solution.
Steve Drayson, MD at Allied Office Machines added: “Allied Office Machines have been working closely with Window Warehouse for the last ten years in supplying and maintaining their printers and copiers. We view our relationship with all our clients as a long-term partnership to understand the business and add value. Supplying another layer of protection to their cybersecurity will help to safeguard their company for the future.”
Photo – Remi Cake from Window Warehouse and Martyn Pegram from Allied Office Machines