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The National Federation of Builders (NFB) represents the interests of 1,700 SMEs in the construction industry. It provides services and advice in employment, law, taxation, health and safety, the environment and technical issues. It has 36 employees, divided over nine sites across the UK.
The NFB’s IT service agreement was up for renewal and an NFB Regional Director recommended Lightsout Computer Services. The tender invited potential suppliers to tell NFB how they would meet the following business needs which were centred around the server network:
"Lightsout paid close attention to our business needs which needed to be fully addressed from the outset. Their expertise was outstanding; they immediately knew that they could solve our problems and meet business demands. They were extremely helpful and their hands on experience was incredibly reassuring," explained Helen Pinder, Business Information Manager of NFB.
Lightsout Computer Services provided a fully hosted system and installed a new, high-speed broadband network in each office. Now only the broadband links, laptops, desktops and printers sit in NFB offices. Everything else is housed and proactively managed within the Lightsout data centre which means all the NFB requirements are cost-effectively met and expectations often exceeded.
Some of NFB’s business requirements were met by default. For example, the data centre’s security, back-up systems and disaster recovery procedures are of such a high standard that they are not normally affordable in-house. Lightsout spreads the cost of the facilities between its system hosting customers, to an extent where it often reduces annual costs through economies of scale.
"The handover from the previous supplier to Lightsout was brilliant and the new service is excellent. We also needed new hardware and, as we have a service contract with Lightsout, their prices are very competitive. There is never any pressure to source these solutions from Lightsout however their efficiency and delivery combined with price make the decision an easy one.
"Their technical support team are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I am confident that if any issues arise, the Lightsout technical specialists will resolve them within extremely short timeframes. Even our photocopier engineer commented on how impressed he was with them and how they really know what they are doing. The Lightsout support team are fantastic – I cannot emphasise this enough," said Helen.
"Lightsout are spot on in terms of company priorities; customer service comes first. We are really happy with them," concluded Helen.