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For Hull-based KCOM and Hessle-based cloud service experts Giacom the new partnership signals the creation of a Microsoft powerhouse that will enable firms across the region to access the IT giant’s cloud based products and services more easily than ever before.

This new partnership boosts the cloud application engineering capability that KCOM already offers its large enterprise and public sector customers through its national business.

Sean Royce, KCOM Business Development Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted to be partnering with Giacom to deliver Microsoft cloud services to our customers. It’s great to see two successful, local and award-winning business come together to create a world-class service for the region.

“Giacom offers a level of expertise and direct access to Microsoft that is unrivalled within the region and this will directly benefit our customers together with their superb level of service. And they are on our doorstep. This will also generate opportunities and investment within Hull and East Yorkshire and its thriving digital and tech sector.

“As a business with deep roots in the region we have the best interests of the local economy at heart and always use local suppliers wherever possible. Our buy local approach means we aim to keep as much of the money we spend within the local economy, which makes me doubly delighted to have a thriving local business like Giacom on board.

“We’re proud to be partnering with a company that is a major part of the blossoming tech sector, which is creating jobs and prosperity across this region, all enabled and underpinned by the fastest and most reliable broadband network in the UK.”

As well as delivering world class broadband connectivity KCOM also provides a full suite of communication products to businesses including Microsoft software that enables effective workplace collaboration. These products include Microsoft Teams which has become an essential tool for many businesses to continue operating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Giacom Chief Executive Officer Mike Wardell said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a forward thinking and innovative company as KCOM. There is much synergy between our two companies, especially with KCOM also being a proud, Yorkshire-based company.

“We’re looking forward to starting an exciting journey with KCOM as we become their cloud partner and support them in providing a great service to their customers.”

Established in Hull in 1999, Giacom is a multi-award-winning technology business focussed on the software distribution sector through its online cloud marketplace.

Named “the fastest growing company in Yorkshire in 2020” by Business Insider magazine the company employs more than 70 people and works with global names as well as thousands of small businesses.

Giacom is a certified Microsoft Gold Partner and one of the original Microsoft Indirect Cloud Service Providers.

Founded in 1904 as Hull Telephone Department, KCOM is one of the UK’s oldest and most innovative companies in the telecoms sector.

The broadband and IT solutions provider was the first in Europe with a digital network as well as the first in the UK to offer interactive broadband TV. It has won several awards during the last year including the ISPA award for the UK’s Best Consumer Broadband provider and the European Broadband Award for Quality and Affordability of service.

For more detail about Giacom’s range of services visit www.cloudmarket.com/

For more details about KCOM services visit https://business.kcom.com/products/cloud/