ComputerWorld are incredibly proud to have achieved the ISO 27001 certification. This International Standard has been prepared to provide requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system.
The Management Team of ComputerWorld Holdings Limited, led by Managing Director John Armstrong, has completed a management buy-out.
ComputerWorld is a managed services provider and value-added reseller delivering expert-led business IT solutions, consultancy and training services typically within a managed support wrapper. The business specialises in Infrastructure Modernisation, Workspace Transformation and Security Solutions and partners with Dell EMC, VMware and Microsoft amongst others.
ComputerWorld had a turnover of £14.5 million in 2017 and is headquartered in Bristol. It also has an office in Cardiff and employs 42 people.
The management team, comprising John Armstrong, Barry Coombs, David Wynn and Jonathon Pine, has led the company for over ten years and the buy-out is the result of a long-term succession strategy. The vendor, Mrs Emma de Haes-White and Chairman John Hollingdale will retain an involvement in the business.
John Armstrong commented, ”the team is very proud and honoured to have successfully completed the MBO. We are delighted to have retained the involvement of all previous stakeholders whilst giving a new ownership structure that will enable the management team to deliver the strategic plan for the business over the coming years. Computerworld is committed to providing a premium service and the MBO will enable this focus to continue and for us to build on our range of services which we see as a real plus for our customers“.
Gambit Corporate Finance LLP has acted as lead advisors on the transaction. Gambit’s team was led by Geraint Rowe and Tim Brotherton. Legal advice to the MBO team was provided by Acuity Legal, led by Stephen Berry and Tom Saunderson and legal advice to the Vendors was provided by Bruce Roxburgh and Philip Edmunds of Roxburgh Milkins.
Tim Brotherton of Gambit Corporate Finance commented, “The management team has guided the company through a successful growth period in recent years with the company building a reputation for its quality of service and expertise in specialist areas. The buy-out will enable the management team to continue to ensure that the company provides its customers with the level of service and in-depth knowledge that they have experienced to date”.
Phishing is one of the greatest threats to your organisation because it targets everyone – from the receptionist to the CEO. That’s why IT security teams need holistic phishing defense solutions that provide detection and protection from the Inbox to the SOC.
Computer World has teamed up with PhishMe, the leading provider of human focused phishing defense solutions, to help organisations combat and successfully stop dangerous threats by:
Preparing employees to be more resilient and vigilant against targeted cyber attacks
Empowering employees to easily report suspicious emails to the internal security teams in a timely manner
Providing incident responders with the ability to effectively prioritize, analyse, and act on suspect email reports detected by employees
Providing human-vetted phishing threat intelligence to quickly verify and validate reported threats for faster incident response
Here at ComputerWorld we are using the PhishMe product internally to educate our own team about the risk that faces them through Phishing attacks. The product and just-in-time training also teaches the users how to spot an attack before it is too late and since using the product internally, our team are much more alert and cautious when receiving emails or messages.
With requirements to combat Ransomware and Malicious Insiders increasing and the need to meet the ever growing list of compliance needs becoming more critical than ever before, Computerworld are pleased to announce our Partnership with Netwrix.
Netwrix are a leading provider of change auditing software for security, compliance and operations across the entire IT infrastructure and focus exclusively on providing complete visibility for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid IT environments.
Netwrix Auditor enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.
The platform allows you to:
- Gain complete visability and control over what's going on in your hybrid IT environment
- Prove security controls are in place with hard data
- Get easy access to compliance reports
- Reports for GDPR, CJIS and more
- Keep a complete audit trail archived for more than 10 years
- Role-based Access Control
- Alerts on Threat Patterns
- Add-on for Cisco
Netwrix Auditor offer the broadest coverage of supported systems - whether on-premises or cloud based.
The short video below provides a great overview of the solution.
We can offer a 20 day FREE TRIAL of the Netwrix Auditor platform. If you could like to claim the trial, complete the form below...
Emma Osborne, ComputerWorld owner, co-founded a charity called 'The Transplant Association' in 2015 with Kevin Mashford as they were both personally affected by organ transplantation. Emma, who tragically lost her husband Jonathan to Pulmonary Fibrosis, was afforded some more time with her late husband, Jon Osborne, thanks to a lung transplant. ComputerWorld are a proud and humble partner of The Transplant Association with the charity close to our hearts in memory of our late Managing Director, Jon Osborne.
The Transplant Association has launched a brand new website. The charity, that among other activities provides counselling courses for nursing staff working within transplant departments, has created the website to offer an informative online destination for transplant patients, and their friends and family. Filled with helpful information relating to all matters of the transplant process and also serves to raise awareness of the importance of donor register, and why people should sign up for it.
Emma Osborne, co-founder of The Transplant Association, has said “The charity has only existed for a couple of years now, and getting this website up has been a long process. But, I am confident it will provide an informative resource for everyone who has been affected, in some way, by the transplant process.” She also added “Speaking from personal experience, I know just how tumultuous the transplantation process can be to the lives of all those affected. I hope this website can in someway help”
Emma states “The words ‘roller coaster of a ride’ are words you will hear time and time again if
listed for transplant. I wanted to use all of my experiences and turn a sad outcome into something positive for other people going through a similar journey to me and my family.”
Kevin, was born with an extremely rare condition Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the
Greater Arteries (CCTGA). Despite countless operations to rectify his problems in early life, it
became clear his only chance was a heart transplant. After sitting on the waiting list for a period of time, Kevin successfully received a new heart. Since then, Kevin has gone on to cycle a series of fundraising journeys, including a 342 mile cycle from Bristol to Newcastle in memory or his donor, John, who died in a cycling accident.
For the second year running, ComputerWorld has been recognised in the London Stock Exchange's prestigious '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' report. With under 100 of these companies being within the IT industry, it is a great accolade for the company.
The report is a celebration of the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. In order to be included in the list, companies have to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, and significantly outperform their industry peers.
Over the past year the technology industry has been through a mass shift and is continuing to change. As such, ComputerWorld have had to adapt their strategy and vision to remain current.
Therefore over the twelve months ComputerWorld have held four customer facing events where they bring some of the biggest names in UK technology to Bristol and surrounding areas to tell the audience what is changing within the industry and how technology can help their business adapt to these changes. The ComputerWorld team have also been recognised over the past year by the industry and partners by being nominated and winning some prestigious awards:
- Winner Best Online Marketing Innovation/ website, CRN Sales & Marketing Award for Define Tomorrow
- Winner Marketing Campaign Of The Year, Bristol Post Business Awards for Define Tomorrow
- Runner up VMware Specialist Partner of the Year for our work with desktop virtualisation
- Runner up Reseller Of The Year, CRN Awards
Andy Holmes ComputerWorld's Finance Director, said: "The whole team at ComputerWorld are extremely proud to have been named as one of the inspiring companies in Britain for the second year running. With all the change that we have made to stay current within the industry, it is great recognition of the hard work our team put in over the past year".
After an extremely successful year in 2016, winning two industry awards and being listed as one of one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange. ComputerWorld has started 2017 with a bang by being shortlisted for the PCR Awards, which seek to celebrate excellence within the PC and tech industry.
ComputerWorld have been shortlisted for the Corporate Value Added Reseller award, against four other finalists.
PCR delivers priceless trade information for both the home and business computing sector. With their highly regarded industry publication and trade specific website being considered by many as authorities on the subject.
ComputerWorld Director, Barry Coombs commented on the nominations stating ‘Everyone at ComputerWorld is thrilled to have been nominated for an award so early in the year. We set the bar high last year and we are excited to see what the next 12 months has in store for us and the technology industry’.
The PCR Awards winners will be announced at The Brewery, in London. On Wednesday the 8th of March 2017 at a special event hosted by Jo Caulfield, which will boast a brilliant mix of networking, partying and of course recognising the achievements within the UK tech industry.
“A touching memoriam to a courageous man” is how Dr Gerard Meachery, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in the Freeman Hospital’s cardiothoracic unit, described a donation made by Emma Osborne in November.
The donation of £10,000 to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity, along with funds from the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association and support from the Trust’s Estates Department, has enabled the refurbishment of the visitor’s room on Ward 21, the adult cardiothoracic critical care unit which specialises in the care of patients following complex heart and lung surgeries. The refurbishment includes a new kitchen, modern, comfortable furniture, dining table and chairs and a specially commissioned piece of artwork by Emma’s sister Victoria Curling-Eriksson from her studio in Sweden.
Jonathan Osborne was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis at the age of 40 but managed to continue leading an active life in the early years of his diagnosis. In August 2013, after 9 weeks on a priority list, Jon was air-lifted to Newcastle from his home near Bristol and received successful lung transplant surgery at the Freeman. He managed to regain a better quality of life and spent valuable time with his friends and family following surgery. However, a year to the day of his transplant, Jon became ill with pneumonia and further complications with his heart and kidneys and had to undergo more, very complex surgery back at the Freeman. He sadly lost his courageous battle after a week in ITU at the age of only 47.
Emma spoke movingly about Jonathan who was described as “a keen sportsman, successful businessman and devoted father and husband who had a cheery smile and sense of humour.” She explained how she had spent many hours in the Ward 21 visitor’s room when Jon was really poorly:
“I realised that everyone using that room was undergoing the same traumatic experience as me and after Jon died, I wanted to make a personal gesture of goodwill to say thank you to the Freeman for giving us an extra year with him. Improving the facilities for others going through a similarly traumatic time seemed appropriate and I’m so happy to see how much brighter and more comfortable the visitor’s room is now.
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We are extremely excited to announce that our latest Define Tomorrow event was our greatest yet with over 200 people in attendance. Over the past 12 months, we have held 3 events and they have all grown to be bigger and better than the last.
We were incredibly lucky to have our keynote presentations delivered by industry leaders including VMware CTO and VP, Joe Baguley and AppSense CTO Simon Townsend. Joe and Simon presented some of the most pressing topics within IT recently, Mobility and Virtualisation and the security within these two areas. Over ten of our key partners also joined us at the event to showcase their technology and discuss how they can help businesses exceed expectations and ensure their IT is reliable to keep data safe and the users happy.
ComputerWorld's Operations Director and Define Tomorrow Host, Barry Coombs stated "Define Tomorrow has grown with every event and we are delighted to finally be able to announce that next year we will be taking Define Tomorrow on tour, with some regional deep dive technical events"
If you missed our event and want to catch up or if you attended and wanted to recap all the content, take a look at our on-demand virtual event where you can watch all the presentations, take a look around the solutions exchange, sign up to webinars and more.
To read the full story, click here.
Take a look at our video montage from the event.
After an extremely successful summer for ComputerWorld, winning two industry awards, the season has been capped off by being shortlisted for the prestigious 'CRN Channel Reseller of the year' award.
The awards seek to celebrate the excellence and innovation found within the sector and are considered to be some of the most important accolades within the industry.
This news follows suit from the previous week, where at the Dell TechSummit EMEA 2016 in Barcelona, ComputerWorld Director Barry Coombs, was invited onto the stage with Michael Collins, the Vice-president of Dell Channel, to give his opinions on being a Dell Partner, as well as to give his insights into technology and the future of the industry.
Commenting on recent events Barry Coombs remarked “It has so far been a fantastic year for ComputerWorld, and the CRN Awards shortlisting is certainly a highlight. It was an immense honour to join Michael Collins on stage in Spain — being one of just two Dell Partners selected to speak about what it means to be a Dell Partner, I feel illustrates ComputerWorld’s ever increasing establishment within the industry.”
Barry also added, “Looking forward, towards the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, I wholeheartedly believe things will continue in a similar way for ComputerWorld in the build-up to our next Define Tomorrow™ event which will be held in November and has already sold a third of all tickets.” To register for the Define Tomorrow event visit; computerworld/events.
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ComputerWorld's industry-acclaimed technology conference Define Tomorrow™ is returning to Bristol this year on 16th November at the @Bristol Science Centre.
Leading this year's keynote presentation is VMware's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Joe Baguley. Joe is considered to be one of the UK's top 50 most influential IT leaders. His presentation will offer business leaders a unique insight into the future of enterprise technology.
Barry Coombs, Director at ComputerWorld commented "We are absolutely thrilled to have secured Joe Baguley as the keynote speaker. I cannot understate his prominence within the industry and I am certain his unique insight will make this the best Define Tomorrow™ event ComputerWorld has held yet".
The day-long event will condense the most exciting announcements and updates from VMworld 2016 and the industry into one jam-packed event full of presentations, demonstrations and specialised discussions.
For more information about the event and speakers please visit: ComputerWorld/Events
ComputerWorld expects this to be a sell-out event with space already limited, so interested delegates, please register now.
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To see our published Press Release in the Bristol Post: click here.
The risk of cyber-attacks to businesses of all sizes is ever increasing and is now more focused and intelligent than before. Attacks are now targeting your data and ultimately your money. Microsoft state that on average it takes more than 200 days to detect a security breach and a further 80 days to contain it! Businesses need to become more aware and educated around the risks that face them and how to prevent them however this urgency is overlooked by a large number of organisations.
Allianz insurance create a risk barometer each year. The 2016 report indicates that cyber inceidents have increased over 25%, making cyber security one of the top 3 risks posed to businesses, above natural causes and theft.
We have written a White Paper on Cyber Security. Download the whitepaper to understand the risks that your business face and how to mitigate them.
Below see a summary of our White Paper in an infographic format:
ComputerWorld has picked up the highly coveted award for ‘Best Online Marketing Innovation/Website’ for its Define Tomorrow website and events at the 2016 CRN Sales and Marketing Awards, one of the most prestigious annual award ceremonies within the industry.
The award is in recognition of the innovation behind ComputerWorld’s business IT thought-leadership brand, Define Tomorrow, whose event became the largest business-tech conference in the entire South West and was immediately recognised by a number of industry titans including Microsoft, Dell and VMware.
ComputerWorld worked closely with content marketing agency Vivid (who recently took away the award for ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ at the Bristol Post Business Awards for the same project) to create a multi-faceted, long-term marketing strategy that’s focussed on storytelling and the creation of engaging technology content for business leaders. ComputerWorld’s Define Tomorrow brand is made up of major events, webinars, videos, emails and a dedicated website – all of which didn’t exist a year ago.
Commenting on the award, ComputerWorld’s Operation Director Barry Coombs stated “Everyone at ComputerWorld is completely thrilled with the recognition that Define Tomorrow has so far received, but we’ve always considered the CRN Sales and Marketing awards to be one of the most important accolades within the industry, and also one of our favourite nights of the year, so this award is the highlight for us”. Adding “Our approach has always been that great marketing is simply great storytelling, it’s about understanding your audience and sharing knowledge in a way that captivates and inspires. That was the guiding principle behind Define Tomorrow and I feel winning this award is testament to that”.
Check out the multi-award winning website for yourself here: DefineTomorrow.co.uk
This week ComputerWorld held an event in partnership with Dell and VMware with the aim to help attendees understand how to architect their network and security solutions to keep up with the demands and risks encountered by businesses today. With a clear, streamlined focus on Dell Networking and VMware NSX technologies, the event welcomed 40 guests.
The event was held at the award winning Williams F1 conference centre. The attendees also had the opportunity to look round the largest collection of Formula 1 cars in the world and drive a Formula 1 simulator.
The event started with an introduction by ComputerWorld's Operations Director and vExpert, Barry Coombs. Barry set the scene for the day, giving an insightful look into the industry trends within virtualisation, business continuity and security. Barry discussed the pressure the business places on IT and the importance of ensuring that your network architecture is able to deliver a secure, flexible layer to the modern applications that users demand whilst protecting the business against the major threat of cyber attacks. Download our Cyber-security white paper for more information.
Our first keynote presentation was delivered by Dominique Vanhamme, Dell Networking EMEA Director. Dominique delivered a reflective presentation with a Formula 1 theme, reflecting on how far F1 cars have come with the advancements of technology and comparing this to advancements in networking technology. Dell are seen as the market leaders in open networking, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging technology that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable, making it ideal for the high-bandwidth, dynamic nature of today's applications. This architecture decouples the network control and forwarding functions enabling the network control to become directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services.
Dell Networking have ensured that all of their enterprise switches support Open Networking, so businesses can run their choice of networking operating system and applications on their switches combined with Dell's leading networking hardware. If a company is slow to adopt the technology you can still run Dell Networking enterprise operating systems on your switches before transitioning into SDN. Dell not only supports Openflow but they have designed their switches to be SDN vendor agnostic, protecting your investment.
The VMware NSX presentation was delivered by Josh Coulling, Systems Engineer at VMware Josh. Josh delivered a deep dive into VMware's fastest ever growing solution, VMware NSX. This presentation also included a demo of the technology giving the majority of the audience a deep overview of the technology for the first time. Commenting on the event, Josh stated:
“It was an absolute pleasure to come and talk alongside Computerworld & Dell at this extremely well attended event set in the very impressive Williams F1 facility. Hopefully it was clear that NSX has come a long way from VMware’s original acquisition of Nicira and the ‘Virtual Cloud Networking & Security’ - vCNS Days. I think this is best evidenced by the level of interest & interaction with the audience!”
ComputerWorld Director, Barry Coombs stated:
"We at ComputerWorld believe that Software Defined Networking is the next important step in the evolution of our infrastructures. Not only is SDN able to deliver greater flexibility and control to businesses, but it also offers a revolutionary way to be able to secure your infrastructure. We are pleased to be working closely with Dell and VMware to deliver solutions incorporating both Dell Networking and VMware NSX to their customers. Here at ComputerWorld we have and will continue to invest in building a robust networking division, focusing on Dell networking technologies across physical and wireless solutions. The next logical expansion was to focus on virtual networking solutions in partnership with Dell and VMware. We were pleased to be selected as the first Dell partner to host a VMware NSX event and hope to repeat these again in the future."
If you would like to receive a copy of the presentation slides from the day complete to form below, or call me on 01454 338350:
To see what other events are we holding, visit: ComputerWorld.co.uk/events
We’re positively delighted to announce that Vivid Content Marketing have received the award for Marketing Campaign of the year at the 2016 Bristol Post Business Awards, for their great work on our Define Tomorrow™ website and events!
Our friends at Vivid worked closely with us to conceive the campaign and ultimately created a vibrant new thought leadership sub-brand. The multi-faceted campaign involved the design and construction of an entirely new website, along with responsive email, social and video campaigns culminating in ComputerWorld’s very first Define Tomorrow event which instantly became the largest business-tech conference in the South West! And gained recognition from an unprecedented number of industry-giants including the likes of Microsoft, Dell and VMware.
Vivid’s Managing Director, Jayne Caple, stated “We’re absolutely delighted that the Define Tomorrow campaign has received such recognition for both us and ComputerWorld, who are always a pleasure to work with. We hope this demonstrates to brands, large and small, that great marketing is simply great storytelling, and if you want to get your brand’s story out there, you need compelling content. The principle upon which we founded Vivid just 18 months ago.”
To discover why Define Tomorrow won Marketing Campaign of the Year head over to www.definetomorrow.co.uk
Here at ComputerWorld, we are looking forward to exhibiting at the South West Business Expo in Swindon on June 30th. With over 90 exhibitors this event promises to be the biggest business show in the South West and is aimed at businesses that want to improve and expand their business. There are also 5 expert led workshops for attendees to attend on the day.
At the event we will be focusing on technologies to help enable businesses. The IT industry is going through a major shift, with the cloud changing the way we work and collaborate with customers and colleagues. Office 365 gives you the ability to move with this paradigm shift and empowers business and users to become mobile allowing them to access their data on any device, anywhere and at any time, giving your business an advantage over competitors.
We are also hosting a workshop at 10:00am called 'The critical reasons that your business can't afford to ignore the cloud'. In this workshop industry recognised author, blogger and evangelist Barry Coombs will discuss, at a business level, the benefits and concerns of the cloud and how, if implemented correctly, your customers, employees and business will benefit.
We are in the middle of a major shift in how businesses are consuming IT services. We are seeing more possibilities than ever before, including true utility-style pay-as-you-go pricing, but this rapid rate of adoption is also creating complexity and competition.
Cloud technologies are changing the way we interact with our customers and are expanding our ability to offer ever more innovative new products and services. Smaller organisations can now compete technologically with their biggest competitors and instantly scale technology against real-time business demands.
Against these proven benefits, many organisations are concerned by security risks of cloud adoption. Such concerns can now be confidently addressed to avoid the potentially much riskier 'do nothing' approach.
In addition to being named as one of the '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' in the London Stock Exchange's 2016 annual report earlier this year, ComputerWorld has been placed on the short-list for three further awards.
ComputerWorld are excited to have been short-listed for the VMware 'Specialist Partner of the year' award. This is for their work and knowledge within Desktop Transformation. This is a highly respected award within the industry and ComputerWorld are honoured to be recognised for their hard work and to be seen as a key player within this area.
ComputerWorld have also been short-listed for the CRN Sales and Marketing Awards 2016 for the 'Best Online Marketing Innovation/website' award for the work that has gone into the Define Tomorrow website, webinars and live events. Finally, alongside Vivid (ComputerWorld's content marketing partner) ComputerWorld have lastly been short-listed for the 'Marketing Campaign of the year' award in the Bristol Post Business Awards 2016 again for the work that has been undertaken for the Define Tomorrow website.
Following on from last years rebrand and the recent success, ComputerWorld have unveiled their new website. The new site has been designed to suite the modern approach to business IT that ComputerWorld hold and now has a simplified, responsive design organised around the companies six key pillars; Virtualisation and Cloud, Desktop Transformation, Microsoft Technologies, Networking, Security and Training. The new site is interactive and packed full of videos, whitepapers, case studies and quick guides. Take a look at the new site at www.computerworld.co.uk
To see our full press release, click here.
As we’re sure you’ve already noticed, we’ve made some changes and improvements around here. After months of planning, scheming, streamlining and coding, we're delighted to welcome you to the brand new ComputerWorld website!
The new simplified, responsive design was conceived to help businesses find IT solutions that will help them save money, work more efficiently and empower employees – quicker. The new ComputerWorld website is full of videos from experts in each of our core pillars clearly explaining how business can benefit from each technology. We've also added an instant chat function that's linked straight to our team of experts, together with a range of new case studies, white papers and quick guides – all designed to help businesses define tomorrow. The site is optimised for all platforms and devices, and we've simplified the navigation – a lot.
Take a look around, let us know what you think, oh and don’t forget to check our sister site Define Tomorrow™ – the home to all the latest news, innovations, insights and resources from ComputerWorld's crack team of experts and engineers. Enjoy.
The second event in our Define Tomorrow™ series and was our most successful so far with over 200 people in attendance. We're also happy to announce that our events are being recognised as the biggest technology conference within the South West.
This event focused on Microsoft technologies and product releases, including Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure and Windows Server 2016. We were extremely lucky to have keynote speakers from Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Ed Baker and Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Lead at Dell, Mark Mulvany who both talked around their specialist subjects in great detail.
ComputerWorld also unveiled two new services at the event Migrate365 and Cloud Backup 365. Both of these services are focused around helping you mobilise your business and backup your data within the cloud. Visit www.migrate365.co.uk for more information.
To see our full press release about the event please click here.
To see our published Press Release in the Bristol Post please visit SouthWestBusiness.co.uk.
ComputerWorld has been recognised in the London Stock Exchange's prestigious '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' report, being among just 14 companies to inspire in Bristol. The report is a celebration of the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.
In order to be included in the list, companies have to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, and significantly outperform their industry peers.
Barry Coombs, ComputerWorld's Operations Director, said: "all of us at ComputerWorld are extremely proud to have been selected as one of London Stock Exchange's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and to be one of only 14 Bristol based companies is the icing on the cake. This is recognition of the company's hard work in the business IT sphere over the last three years, and also how ComputerWorld has outperformed its many competitors in that time."