Buckfast Abbey is home to an English Benedictine Congregation of Catholic Monks. The site boasts a tourist attraction, a manufacturing plant, multiple retail outlets, recently re-developed conference centre facility, 32 room hotel, and multiple guest accommodation facilities.
2018 saw Buckfast celebrate its thousand year anniversary. The original monastery at Buckfast was founded during the reign of King Cnut in 1018. This stunningly located Devon based Abbey have worked tirelessly throughout time in order to become a hub for religion, hospitality, and education.
“We have been working with Diana and the team at AMC since 2010 and the support and quality product that they have supplied, has allowed us to continuously develop the IT services at Buckfast with the current trends and requirements. AMC have never failed to source the obscure equipment we require as well as the generic off the shelf hardware and software.
We look forward to continuing the wonderful working relationship that we have had with Diana and AMC for many years to come. We highly recommend them as a very high quality and reliable supplier of IT hardware and infrastructure for all varied ranges of company types.”
Gordon Wells – IT Manager – Buckfast Abbey
Oasis and Warehouse are among the UK’s leading womenswear fashion retailers, with hundreds of High Street stores and a strong online digital presence. The brands are well known for their ability to adapt to the ever changing retail landscape, by always ensuring that they provide inspiring, affordable and original fashionwear for all occasions.
The brands engaged with AMC to supply hardware for a major project, in order to refresh their critical IT infrastructure for their office environments. Supplying a new virtualised server, storage, backup and networking environment. This business critical project has become an integral part of the brands IT strategy allowing them to grow exponentially with minimal future investment.
“I have been extremely impressed with how quickly AMC have turned around their proposals for complicated solutions. We receive urgent quotes back within hours instead of having to wait days/weeks from other competitor IT companies, which has allowed us to avoid delay’s and deliver our projects within extremely tight deadlines and time constraints
AMC have gone above and beyond to make sure the kit has arrived on time for us. Using their expertise, knowledge and working alongside HPE, our solutions have arrived correctly and to the exact specification that was requested.“
Comments , Richard , Head of Business Systems for the Group
The Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) was born out of the success of Outwood Grange, a large school of 2,200 students which has achieved record exam results every year for the past 10 years, culminating in 84% including English & Maths. Outwood Grange is an Outstanding school recognised by Ofsted – achieving all Grade 1s – and was one of the first National Leader of Education Support Schools. OGAT is a multi-academy sponsor and the Family of Schools currently comprises of thirty schools who work together to ensure that all children irrespective of their starting point receive an excellent education.
”We relish the opportunity to be part of the much needed regeneration of all areas we work in and wish to play a full role in the wider community. Outwood Grange Academies Trust have worked with AMC for over 6 years. Throughout this time, they have always understood our needs and provided us with reliable, honest advice and pricing. AMC have been able to source everything we have ever asked of them, including end of life products. From consumable and peripheral products through to enterprise solutions, they have never let us down. Their standout quality is their willingness and drive to go the extra mile no matter how big or small the issue.
”This drive has helped us to complete projects on time for the benefit of over 23,000 students. So now we have got more projects coming up for which we plan to work with AMC. As I feel confident that whatever I throw at them, they can help. The relationship with Chris at AMC is more like working with a friend or colleague than with a supplier – it’s always a good, friendly atmosphere, and I can phone, text, email, IM whenever I need.
Over these past years Chris has helped us implement new desktop/laptop rollouts, consolidate licensing trust wide for Adobe, Microsoft and VMware, deliver replacement servers ready to install straight from the box, reliably deliver day to day requirements for AV, print and general maintenance/upgrades, not to mention some of the work he does in the background such as provide manufacturer datasheets/specifications to help write our tenders and arrange conference calls with specialists should we need any technical support in the channel.”
CMAT (Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust) is a multi-academy trust with schools throughout Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Northants. With a mixture of primary, secondary and SEN schools currently in the family, CMAT is growing steadily with 4 new schools builds underway and 2 extension projects. The Trust decided to retain IT skills in house and setup a forward thinking IT Team to manage the IT facilities for it’s schools and also provide IT services to other schools in the area which is growing year on year.
CMAT were looking for an IT reseller who can accommodate both the simple and the complex from simple box shifting and cable ordering right up to consultation and purchasing of a trust wide IT projects, such as server refreshments. CMAT have been working with AMC since its conception in 2011 and over that timethey have really valued and benefited from the open and honest approach AMC have at the core of their business ethos. Funding and education are two words not usually associated together in a positive light, however AMC understand the educational landscape and work with CMAT to ensure they provide competitive opportunities and solutions to work within the budget.
”AMC have provided support in many different projects including: – A trust wide PC/Laptop refresh, CMAT required pricing for replacing laptops and school IT Suites. By combining all the schools requirements and working with AMC, CMAT had access to experts and managed to use the economies of scale to gain a much better pricing structure. – As CMAT grew, they undertook a large server farm replacement project across 11 schools.
The CMAT technical team required not only expert advice on current technology but also access to the new technologies released by IT partners. Working with AMC and their technology partners, CMAT invested in a range of new servers based on the latest version of Windows server and Storage Spaces Direct.
As part of the IT services CMAT provides to other schools, CMAT’s education specialists work with dedicated account managers at AMC to provide schools of varying sizes with the best value provision of technology, ranging from a simple cable to full server farm replacements.”
IT Director, CMAT