Lanway builds Polish business alliance

Burnley-based IT solutions provider Lanway has announced an alliance with Polish company Netwise aimed at improving services to new and existing clients.

Lanway Andrew HendersonThe two companies, both official Microsoft Gold partners, are combining their expertise to develop a portfolio of services to help clients reduce costs and increase profitability.

Lanway managing director Andrew Henderson explained: “At present, many clients use disparate platforms from multiple suppliers to manage relationships with their customers. We will provide them with a single source solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which drives sales and marketing by delivering amazing customer experiences”.

The announcement has been welcomed by Microsoft. Vanessa Kyte, Microsoft Dynamics UK partner lead said: “This strategic alliance brings together two Microsoft partners who have customer service at the forefront of their core values. I congratulate them on this significant partnership which is a great example of our partners realising the cloud opportunity and seizing the moment.”

Lanway is expanding rapidly, with turnover rising from £12m to £16m in the past year and forecast to reach £21m next year. Last year it took over Altham-based Profile IT and staff numbers are growing too, with 10 new jobs to be created this year.

The company has just completed a six-figure full IT overhaul of systems at engineers Futaba Tenneco and is putting the finishing touches to a £500,000 transformation of IT systems at Burnley Football Club, in order to meet the increased demands of Premiership football.

At the same time, the company is launching the Lanway Academy, which aims to fill the skills gap by identifying future stars and by stepping up training for existing staff.

Andrew Henderson said: “We’ve set up links with Themis at Burnley College, Training 2000, Accrington and Rossendale College and Positive Footprints. Courses begin next month. We’ve also done a skills audit of all of our staff, including me, and have developed personal e-learning systems for everyone. “These are exciting times and it’s important that we help training providers to develop courses and content which prepare young people well for future careers.”