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5th December 2018

Thrings meets… James Napp, Head Honcho at Bechtle

In our latest ‘Thrings meets’ interview in honour of the 25th Wiltshire Business Awards, sponsored by Thrings, Swindon-based partner and awards judge Alex Pinhey speaks to James Napp, managing director of IT solutions company Bechtle UK and Business Person of the Year at this year’s awards.

Bechtle has grown considerably in scale and scope since its early days as an IT equipment provider. Now it’s a strategic partner to organisations around the country, offering full IT infrastructure solutions – hardware and software – as well as support services for efficient and secure business operations. James tells us how the company went from £36 million turnover in 2016 to almost double that and is aiming for the £100 million mark in the next few years.

“There’s this idea that IT professionals are the ‘geeks in the corner’ but that’s just not the reality these days – IT now sits on the board of many companies, helping to decide strategy. Without the right IT programmes driving change, flexible working, innovation and process efficiencies, businesses risk falling behind the competition. These days IT couldn’t be more integral to business success,” said James.

Reflecting on his experience with the Wiltshire Business Awards this year, he said: “Having somebody come and look at your business with fresh eyes is incredibly valuable. Since the judges tend to be high up in their own companies, they have a lot of business experience themselves. It’s like having consultants come and ask you lots of difficult questions that really make you think about how you run things day-to-day. We’ve built some great business links through the awards too, like with sponsors RSM and Thrings, but also with participating businesses like Active Potential Therapy who now run monthly yoga classes for us.”

Click here to read the interview in full, as published in Wilshire Business magazine.

Businesses have until the 28 January 2019 to submit their entries. The awards gala dinner will be held on 10 May 2019.

Find out more about the awards and how to enter here: www.wiltshirebusinessawards.co.uk

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