Last month, PrintIT Reseller announced the launch of the industry’s first ever dedicated awards programme. The response has been fantastic – here’s a round-up of what some of the sector’s key players had to say
Kerrie Spalding, General Manager for Print & Supplies, Ingram Micro (UK)
“We are delighted to be the Platinum sponsor of the PrintIT Awards 2020. Our relationships with both our vendors and resellers gives us a close-up view of the ever-changing role that print continues to play as a core part of the IT industry; and the ongoing need for efficiency and sustainability improvements, productivity enhancements and digital transformation, as well as the obvious need to cut costs and provide value added services to differentiate in the market place.
“Having a dedicated industry awards for the printer/MFP industry is long overdue and a great opportunity to celebrate success and best practice in the company of colleagues and industry peers.”
Stuart Sykes, Managing Director, Sharp Business Systems UK
“Sharp Business Systems is thrilled at the announcement of the inaugural PrintIT Awards. The event will provide the perfect opportunity to recognise the achievements made and innovations being driven across the industry.
“We’re delighted that the nation’s printer and MFP vendor, reseller and supplier community now has dedicated awards to celebrate their outstanding achievements, and we look forward to connecting with the wider network later this year.”
Steve Todd, Director, Karlson
“We are very excited about the launch of the PrintIT Awards. The industry has been crying out for this type of opportunity to promote and show what ‘great’ looks like. We are very much looking forward to showcasing the journey that we take customers on, helping them to become paper-lite, how we add real value and what makes Karlson different. October 8 is in our diaries, our (hopefully winning) team will be there on the night, poised to celebrate the successes of this incredible industry.”
Martin Randall, Sales and Marketing Director, Vision
“We are really pleased to see the introduction of awards dedicated to our industry. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate success, Vision will absolutely be entering and we look forward to enjoying the event!”
Laryssa Alexander, President, Field Service Division, ECI Solutions
“It’s great to see these awards set up to recognise those in our industry who continue to innovate and excel. We have such an amazing, diverse community working across vendors, service providers, resellers and distributors – it’s exciting that those businesses and people who make such a big difference can now be fully rewarded for their achievements.”
Alastair Adams, Director, Commercial Group
“We have talked a lot about the need to innovate, and we’re delighted that there’s an award that recognises this. Resellers must continuously adapt and improve their service offering in light of the accelerating process of digital transformation.”
Peter Silcock, Business Manager Business Imaging, Epson
“News of the awards was on our radar quickly after its announcement. Print has a very promising future and Epson has every intention of working with its channel partners to continue disrupting the market with its sustainable, reliable and productive product offering.”
Michael Farrah, Senior Commercial Director, Ingram Micro
“Ingram Micro enjoyed a very successful year in 2019 within our print & supplies division and we expect to continue growing and adding value in 2020 to both our vendor partners and our customers. These awards are a perfect way to showcase our successes, and remind the industry that Ingram Micro is very much a leader in this sector of the market.”
Phil Jones, MBE, Managing Director, Brother UK
“I’m a really big supporter of the new awards. We’ve got so much best practice in the channel right now and to celebrate that, to surface some of the great product technologies, the resellers that are actually doing some of the best work in the channel, and some of the personalities that are making all of this happen; is really really good.
“Everybody wants to be excellent. Everybody wants to be good at what they do. And when you have an awards ceremony there’s one thing it does – and that is to surface excellence across an entire industry. It will be a great networking event, it’s always good to know each other, and for an industry to meet. Attendees will not only professionally benefit by meeting some of the industry’s top people, but will also see some of the best practice that exists in the industry today.”
Mark Bailey, Managing Director, EBM
“As a business we do find awards very valuable. Whilst awards are not businesscritical it is a good way to establish yourselves as a reputable business by receiving recognition from a third-party.”
James Pittick, Director of B2B Indirect Sales, Canon UK
“It’s great that the printer and reseller industry is getting its first, dedicated awards event in 2020 with the inaugural PrintIT Awards. Working in this field, we know how hard everyone in this community works, from vendors to resellers, to make a success of their business. It is fantastic that all this hard work will be recognised and celebrated.
“At Canon, we’re excited to get involved and champion the great work our team and partners produce year on year to deliver the best results to our customers. Partners are at the very core of Canon’s strategy for 2020, and working in close partnership, we deliver the best solutions for businesses, these awards will help us recognise these ongoing relationships.”
Mark Smyth, COO, Apogee
“We are currently considering an entry to the PrintIT Awards and will be attending the event. I am also supporting some of our partners with their award entries. It will be very exciting to see some of the entries and the innovations from resellers.”
Stuart Bleese, Category Director – EOS and Technology, VOW Wholesale
“It’s great to finally have an awards ceremony that recognises the UK printer and consumables market and acknowledges the amazing work our resellers, distributors and OEMs do. We are especially proud to be sponsoring the OEM Marketing Team award, as we work closely with our OEMs and understand the hard work and dedication they put into these campaigns to make them a success.”
Neil Sawyer, Channel Director, HP
“HP welcomes the launch of the inaugural PrintIT Awards and our team will be there in force on the night! The print industry witnesses some of the best examples of business innovation, as players in the sector tackle the various challenges or capitalise on the associated opportunities. Too often these acts of creativity, collaboration or customer service excellence go unheralded. The PrintIT Awards should help address this and reward the people making a genuine difference in the industry.”
Martin Fairman, UK & Ireland Managing Director, Lexmark
“It is fantastic that finally our industry is getting the recognition it deserves with the announcement of the PrintIT Awards in October.
“I am extremely proud that the talents and entrepreneurialism of individuals in our industry is going to be recognised and rewarded. Lexmark have already booked our places, so I can’t wait to attend the event alongside our fellow vendors, partners and suppliers, in celebrating this amazing industry.”
Amanda Holmes, EMEA Marketing Director, Kodak Alaris
“Kodak Alaris looks forward to participating in the first ever PrintIT Awards. As avid readers of Managed IT, Business Info, Technology Reseller and PrintIT Reseller , our employees, partners and customers recognise Kingswood Media as one of the UK’s premier publishing houses serving our industry. We value our relationship with Kingswood Media and are thrilled to be competing in the Scanner of the Year and Best Partner Programme categories. A win will serve as tremendous validation for Kodak Alaris from one of the most trusted sources and powerful influencers in the region.”