Articles about Mike Norris

McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works

Feature The much-lauded CEO of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe. Still wet behind the ears and straight out of uni in 1988, Hellawell made an inauspicious entry into the world of …
Paul Kunert, 9 Apr 2013
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Computacenter to hire 700 new bods to meet bulging service needs

Computacenter (CC) is splashing £7m on hiring hundreds of personnel and investing in systems to underpin faster than expected growth in services, the London-based reseller giant confirmed this morning. But surprises for investors didn't stop there: CC also warned that should the depreciation of the Euro against sterling remain …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
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Ex-disco kid Computacenter boss: 'Cloud? It makes me angry'

Part 2 Computacenter was a £463m sales organisation when Mike Norris took the helm in 1994, with an operating profit of £8.5m. In 2011, turnover was £2.85bn and operating profit was £74m. Norris began his ascent through the ranks in 1986, when he was made the firm's top account manager. Two years later he was regional manager for …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2012
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Reseller kingpin: My rise from school disco boss to FTSE 250 biz

Part One It's a chilly night in December 1978, and inside Zhivago's nightclub in Southend, a bunch of pubescent disco divas are getting down to the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire, amid the clink of Tizer bottles and the rustle of terylene slacks. Mike Norris This was the glamorous setting where Mike Norris, head boy at Eastwood High …
Paul Kunert, 6 Jun 2012
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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

Computacenter chief exec Mike Norris says the reseller giant stepped out of an ICT services contract with Cumbria County Council (CC) before kick-off because it was "confident" the deal would be loss-making. The council in January, apparently prematurely, confirmed Computacenter as the preferred bidder for a five-year contract …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2012
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Computacenter celebrates 30th birthday with strong results

Computacenter grew sales by 10.7 per cent in 2010 to £2.68bn and managed to increase adjusted profits by 21.8 per cent to £66.1m. Earnings per share are up 19.1 per cent to 33 pence. Mike Norris, chief executive at Computacenter, said the last two years had shown the company identifying and moving into more profitable markets …
John Oates, 10 Mar 2011
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Computacenter sees profits up, revenues down

Mega reseller Computacenter delivered on its forecast of better-than-expected profits for 2009, though revenues actually declined at the firm. Results for the firm show revenues for the year to December 31, 2009 slipped 2.2 per cent to £2.5bn. Pre-tax profit was £48.4m, up 22.4 per cent on the year. Adjusted profit before tax …
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2010
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Computacenter reports profits slide, warns on market

Computacenter posted decent revenues for the six months ended 30 June 2008 but warned that current trading wasn't that great. The reseller made £1.25bn in sales compared to £1.16bn in the first half of 2007. But profits before tax were down 14.2 per cent to £11m. Earnings per share, however, were up 10.6 per cent thanks to a …
John Oates, 17 Oct 2008
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Computacenter coughs to gloomy first quarter

Computacenter has warned of difficult trading in the first quarter of 2008, especially in France and the UK. The reseller said business in the UK had picked up towards the end of the quarter. They came in at £346.6m, up 1.1 per cent overall but down 1.5 per cent on a like for like basis. Sales in Germany were flat. Non-UK …
John Oates, 16 May 2008

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