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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone. Current UK and Ireland MD Duncan Forsyth has moved to a Group MD role overseeing Westcoast, XMA and new buys Viglen and consumables trader QC Supplies. In turn sales and marketing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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Alex Tatham leaves Bell Micro

Alex Tatham is leaving Bell Micro after 10 years. Mr Tatham achieved fame in the channel after his appearance on Blind Date. He chose Sue, who later became his wife, in the first Blind Date wedding. Tatham is keeping schtum on where he's going next. Maybe Cilla knows. There's more on CRN here. Or there's more from the Reg on …
John Oates, 06 Jul 2007
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Want a licence to print cash? Move to 3D printing

Thought that 3D printers sales weren't going to help you buy a flashy new motor, a luxury holiday or that new pad in the country? Well think again, channel business type. That's according to Canalys CEO Steve Brazier, who stood in front of 600 channel partners at his firm's recent forum in Barcelona, and told them that despite …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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Bumbling fraudsters fail to dupe 'Westcost' customers

Fraudsters masquerading as British distie giant Westcoast failed in their attempts to convince resellers to redirect their payments for products and services to a dodgy bank account, the company has confirmed. The scam was initially spotted by some of Westcoast's customers, who then contacted the distributor. The company has …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2013

Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

The classic PC industry in Blighty is down but not yet out for the count, according to the latest IT distribution channel data. Prelim numbers from Context SalesWatch shows 960,000 notebooks, desktops, x86 servers and workstations were sold in Q1 2013, a decline of 4.8 per cent on a year ago. Market revenues fell 3.4 per cent to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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Tears, laughter and bankruptcy: How not to go bust

Bankruptcy? You don't know whether to laugh or cry. It was a lunchtime tech awards ceremony in the West End many years ago. The trophies were polished, the golden envelopes were ready to be opened to gasps of joy and waiters were circulating with the canapes and fizz. Suddenly some rather large men in suits appeared among the …
Steve Bell, 30 May 2013
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Blind Date turns up trumps for Tatham

What's the connection between Cilla Black and the channel? It's not a particularly obvious link, unless you happen to work at Ideal Hardware, based in New Malden, Surrey. For it is there in the offices of the storage and hardware distributor that you will find that rarity in the IT industry - a story with a happy ending. It all …
Sean Fleming, 20 Aug 1998
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RIP Howard Strowman: The stock doctor

The career and life of Howard Strowman, who died in a motorbike accident this weekend, mirrored the ever-changing fortunes of the UK's high-tech sector. The crash happened in North Wales on Sunday, 9 September, and he was airlifted to hospital with severe injuries. He died on Tuesday morning aged 67. Strowman set up PST Group …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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Dell woos rattled HP PC sales partners

Dell has accused archrival HP of unsettling channel partners by revealing its intention to spin out the PC biz, claiming it is a "stable" alternative for resellers. In the three years since Dell binned its direct-only mantra and formalised a reseller network, sales via partners have accounted for 30 per cent of its turnover …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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All change in the Channel

A slew of management changes have swept across the channel as the silly season starts in earnest. Distie veteran Alice Smitheman, marketing director at Azlan is set to join Avnet Technology Solutions as EMEA veep of operational excellence, a role that includes fine-tuning the firm's logistics engine. Graeme Watt, EMEA president …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2011
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Gartner slashes UK PC shipments for 2011

Gartner has nearly halved the UK PC sales forecast for 2011, blaming the stockpile of PCs buckling distributors' shelves and scrappy continued demand. Beancounters at the analyst have dramatically downgraded unit shipment estimates from eight per cent growth to just five per cent, though even this is predicated on sentiments …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2011
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French to lead Bell Microproducts Euro push

Ian French, Ideal Hardware's CEO, is to work full time on European M&As and growth for parent company Bell Microproducts Europe. BME has set up five new European subs in its quest to be come the continent's definitive storage services distributor." Joining him at BME as CFO is Steve Lundy, previously finance and operations …
Drew Cullen, 27 Apr 2001
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Ideal selects Rotterdam for European beachhead

Ideal Hardware has burst through restrictive distribution contracts, in a full-blooded assault on the European systems builders market. The UK's biggest data storage distributor has opened a warehouse in Rotterdam, enabling it to promise next day delivery to "anywhere in Europe", while reducing its own distribution costs. It is …
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 1998

If no news is good news, why do we have so many stories every week?

A failure to communicate Big news of the week is that Reg readers have decided communication is not something they want in their world. When given the option of changing the term for our industry from IT (information technology) to ICT (information communications technology), 57 per cent voted to consign ICT to the fires of …
Billy MacInnes, 12 Jul 2007
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‘Dysfunctional’ Ideal makes profit

Ideal Hardware has lost its MD, Ronan MacDonald, in a massive restructure after top execs became distracted from the distribution business. The Surrey-based company told journalists that critical errors of judgement had been made at board level earlier this year. The operational board of nine people was dumped yesterday in …
Linda Harrison, 11 Jun 1999