Press Releases

  • 8 in 10 Businesses are Operating Without Correct Software Licenses says Probrand

    A survey by technology services provider, Probrand, has found that 87%* of businesses do not have the correct software licenses to cover the number of users.  This is leaving many organisations either wasting money on over-licensing or on dangerous unlicensed and illegal territory. 

  • Autumn Statement: ‘Let’s reform our apprenticeship system’

    Comment from Chris Griesbach, Commercial Director at technology provider Probrand.

    Another year nearly over, another Autumn Statement due from the Chancellor. Much talk in the build up to the statement has centred around cuts to tax and business rates for SMEs. But it’s the potential reforms to apprenticeships that could also deliver significant benefits to UK businesses. 

  • Probrand and Mercato celebrate Civil Service Awards 2013 with PM David Cameron

    Growth award sponsored by Birmingham based IT companies is awarded to The GREAT Britain campaign teams.

  • Probrand warns over growing counterfeit IT products

    Businesses are being warned about the dangers of counterfeit parts and products creeping into their IT following following a report from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), recently published.

  • NHS Saves £5M with Best Practice Procurement

    The NHS has saved in excess of £5M on secure USB sticks and IT peripherals thanks to technology services provider, Probrand.

  • Probrand Reaches New Heights

    On Friday 21st June 2013, a team from Midlands-based IT provider, Probrand, and sister companies, Icomm Technologies and Mercato Solutions, will attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Birmingham’s Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

  • Birmingham Based IT Business Wins Award for Olympic Legacy Effort

    Technology services provider Probrand has won an award for its role in helping schools to own a piece of the 2012 Olympic legacy.

  • Birmingham Tech Leader Invests £320,000 to Create New Jobs

    Birmingham-based technology services provider Probrand is investing £320,000 to redevelop its Camden Street headquarters, in a move that will immediately create new jobs as the business and its sister companies meet current and future growth prospects.

  • 3D Visualisation Open to More Learners

    Affordable 3D technology has revolutionised classroom engagement and learner attention spans.

  • Growth of tablets exposing wireless shortfall

    An issue that is seeing the commercial world race to upgrade wireless infrastructure is now impacting the interactive classroom with slow download speeds, frustrated pupils and poor technology education experiences, says technology services provider Probrand.    

  • One in six vulnerable through unsupported XP
    Educators have one year and one budget to upgrade or face the perils of an unsecure operating system in the classroom, says leading IT provider Probrand, following Microsoft’s official announcement to end support for the XP operating system.    
  • Probrand Named Reseller of the Year
    Leading technology services provider, Probrand, has been awarded Reseller of the Year 2012 by Acer.    
  • EduTech Showcase Breaks Cover
    With education budgets under pressure and no ICT curriculum to direct technology in education, ICT provider, Probrand, has partnered with Education Technology Centre of Excellence, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, to deliver an informative one day regional event – EduTech Showcase.    
  • Probrand Leads Midlands' Technology Apprenticeships
    The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines, has hailed leading technology services provider, Probrand, as an emerging hero having visited the company to understand how the business is quickening apprenticeship learning with technology.    
  • Olympic Opening Guard of Honour for Arden
    Pupils from Probrand-backed Arden School form part of the official Guard of Honour for the Olympics.    
  • Probrand meets Vince Cable
    Birmingham based technology services provider, Probrand, met with Vince Cable and the Lord Mayor of London as an honoured  Queen’s Award winner.    
  • Probrand chalks up G-Cloud Status
    With a track record of optimising procurement of ICT with simple online software tools, technology services provider, Probrand, has achieved G-Cloud status to provide the public sector with Software-as-a-Service.    
  • Schools need to beat the consumerisation of ICT to engage pupils
    With ‘at home’ technology often outperforming that in the classroom and the shackles of the ICT curriculum off loaded, education is free to use cutting edge technology to truly engage pupils, says technology services provider Probrand.    
  • SafeXs to Secure NHS Mobile Data
    Probrand secures two year sole supplier status to provide NHS Hospitals with SafeXs data security.    
  • Microsoft Congratulates Queen's Award Innovator
    Microsoft congratulates Probrand for Queen's Award for Innovation    
  • Queen's Award Presentation
    Duke of Kent Presents Queen's Award for Innovation Saving Organisations £Ms on Buying IT    
  • Procurement Tool Saves 'Bread' for Warburtons
    Britain's favourite family baker, Warburtons, is saving time and money previously spent procuring ICT, thanks to the implementation of www.theITindex.co.uk.    
  • Thai Hard Disk Drive Production Down For 56 Days Say Forecasts
    As Thailand takes stock of the worst flooding on record due to the confluence of high tides over the weekend, the supply of Hard Disk Drives (HDD) is forecast to hit rock bottom as the area producing around 70% of the world's demand is set to be out of action for 56 days.
  • Probrand Highly Commended At CIPS Awards
    Probrand recognised for delivering in the 'Best Purchasing Initiative by a SME' category thanks to its innovation in procurement processes.
  • Print Management and Virtualisation Biggest ICT Savings Schools Could Make Today Finds Probrand
    Ongoing trend research by technology services provider, Probrand, has found that progressive schools are investing in technology that delivers long term operational savings as opposed to slashing Capex and associated services for perceived quick wins.
  • Probrand Supports 12 Riders, 300 Miles, One Day for the Vision Charity
    Technology services provider, Probrand, is supporting a megathon of a bike ride in aid of the TV Industry's Vision Charity, which raises funds for blind and visually impaired children to give them a better chance to succeed in life.
  • SME Supply to the Public Sector still met with Barriers
    IT procurement specialist and Probrand MD, Peter Robbins, explores the barriers restraining the public sector from doing more business with SMEs.
  • Probrand launches free toner recycling initiative
    Probrand has launched a direct collection free of charge scheme for all customers looking to dispose of old toner cartridges in association with delivery partner ERS Europe.
  • Procurement site receives Queen's Award for innovation in driving down the cost of ICT
    An online ICT procurement site that has a track record of saving government and business time and money totalling £Ms, has won a Queen's Award for continuous innovation.
  • Japan Pinch on Printed Circuit Board Production Forecast to Ease
    Two key plants that produce 70% of the World's copper-clad laminates, which have been shut since the Japan Tsunami devastated the Sendai prefecture, are hoping to re-open in early April.
  • Worldwide Manufacture Braces Itself for Semi-Conductor Shortage
    Technology prices are set to rise after a chemical plant damaged by the Tsunami has been highlighted as a core producer of a unique resin used by nearly half of the World's semi-conductor manufacturers.
  • Probrand Signs Landmark Deal in Scotland
    Technology services provider, Probrand, has secured a landmark deal to provide computer hardware to a consortium framework covering Central and Southern Scotland led by Falkirk Council.
  • Buyers urged to get ahead of 2011 IT price increases amidst the most volatile market yet
    Ongoing trend research conducted by market analysts at technology services provider Probrand, has concluded that raw material costs (up 27%) and manpower costs in China (up 30%) are the base factors driving price up combined with the current volatility in exchange rates.
  • Probrand Ensures Business Continuity for HBJ Gateley Wareing with Major ICT Infrastructure Move
    Following HBJ Gateley Wareing's acquisition of part of Halliwell's Manchester operations, the business has achieved another landmark, moving its entire IT infrastructure and over 200 staff from the Hardman Square offices to Ship Canal House with the help of end-to-end technology services provider Probrand.
  • Probrand Up One in Britain's Fast Growing Tech Stars Table
    Birmingham based technology services provider, Probrand, has leapt one place to 61 in the latest Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100, which ranks the fastest-growing private technology companies in Britain by sales growth over a three-year period.
  • Buyers Reaching for Hardware over Software Encrypted Sticks
    The hardware versus software encryption debate continues across many categories, but the market is speaking when it comes to encrypted USB devices, says leading technology services provider Probrand. Ongoing trend research, conducted by Probrand's specialist Security department, has found that adoption of hardware encrypted USB devices has risen by 60% in the last quarter over approaches that use software to encrypt.
  • Pressure coming on supply chain sustainability information says Probrand
    Ongoing green IT research by technology services provider, Probrand, recently found a lack of one consistent green measure is hampering the industry's approach to inform IT buyers of what is green or not.
  • Growing trend sees schools reach for it eProcurement
    Leading IT provider, Probrand, believes current pressure to get more from existing budgets and faster is driving a spike of interest in procuring IT through a simple eprocurement process. A trend that matches current Transformational Government aspirations.
  • Probrand Technology used as University teaching aid
    "Behind every successful enterprise system lies a good database system," says Dr Anne James, Professor of Data Systems Architecture, who is launching a new final year Enterprise Systems Development module for Coventry University undergraduates using Probrand's www.theITindex.co.uk technology as a real-world teaching application.
  • East Midlands Public Sector Steps up Security
    NHS re:source, the NHS procurement hub to 29 NHS organisations across the East Midlands, has saved the region over half-a-million pounds on its security budget after signing a sole supplier deal with technology services provider Probrand.
  • Re:source Saves NHS £2M on Secure USBs
    Best practice best value procurement methods have saved the NHS £2M on orders of government approved Safestick USB devices thanks to technology services provider Probrand.
  • Probrand awarded government framework agreement
    Buying Solutions, the national procurement partner for UK public services, has awarded IT reseller Probrand a place on the Commoditised IT Hardware and Software framework agreement to supply Desktop Hardware (Lot1) to the public sector.
  • MBI - Growth 100 Feature
    As a major supplier of top branded computer products at the right price, Probrand has remained true to its roots in providing end-to-end customer service excellence to grow the business. Our approach has maintained growth over the last few years against the background of a flat market.
  • Probrand Launches Mobile Security department with specialist helpline
    With mandation of £500K fines being muted for data loss and mobile storage device security firmly on the public sector agenda, technology services provider Probrand has opened a specialist device security department.  
  • Probrand triumph for the Midlands on league table of Britain's fast-growing tech stars
    Birmingham based Probrand Ltd, has stormed onto the latest Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100, which ranks the fastest-growing private technology companies in Britain by their sales growth over a three-year period.
  • Global first procurement presentation at Birmingham council
    The Lord and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham joined the Chartered Institute of Purchase & Supply (CIPS) Director of Customer solutions, Chris Gallagher, in a landmark presentation to two local technology businesses, Probrand and Mercato.
  • Probrand shortlisted for prestigious IT Channel award
    The progress of emerging technology services provider Probrand shows little sign of abating as the firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious IT industry award, the CRN Awards 2009.
  • Probrand chalks up CIPS accreditation
    Within a year of being accredited as providing Best Practice Best Value by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Birmingham technology services provider, Probrand, has chalked up a major procurement approval with an accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS). CIPS is an international organisation, based in the UK, serving the purchasing and supply profession.
  • Birmingham Business Talks Higher Education
    Birmingham based technology services provider, Probrand, joined the elite of data systems education professionals to deliver a paper on 'teaching, learning and assessment of databases' at the Higher Education Authority's 'Information and Computer Sciences' at Birmingham University this week.  
  • Birmingham business talks at higher education authority event
    Birmingham based technology services provider, Proband, is set to talk about teaching, learning and assessment of databases at the Higher Education Authority's 'Information and Computer Sciences' event.  
  • Probrand puts up £70K+ prize draw for best practice best value IT buying at GC live
    As the complete technology reseller approved by Buying Solutions', Probrand is set to offer numerous prize draws to celebrate the launch of best practice IT procurement savings seminar programme at GC Live. The seminars aim to impart knowledge that will help IT procurers achieve cost reduction, minimising the impact of current IT price rises on budgets by saving time and money.
  • MP visits Green IT procurement company
    Clare Short MP met with Birmingham based technology services provider, Probrand, to understand how the business is working with www.DestinationGreenIT.com to identify and deliver vital green information to buyers for more informed and efficient IT procurement decisions.
  • Wragge & Co Partner joins Data Management software house
    In a landmark move, Wragge & Co LLP mergers & acquisitions specialist, Andrew Lawton Smith, is stepping down as partner of the award winning commercial law firm to take up a senior director role with Birmingham based data management technology provider, Mercato Solutions.
  • Better IT procurement puts existing schools on footing with BSF
    IT spending in schools is forecast to hit £1.05bn in 2009 as the government's £45bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) program rolls out. But says technology services provider, Probrand, with more efficient IT buying methods schools and local authorities can stretch the reach of their IT budgets by at least 15% to get more ICT for the same money.  
  • Procurement Information key to Green IT implementation
    With the business community under pressure to adopt green IT in all its forms, technology services provider, Probrand, is urging buyers to consider the depth and breadth of their supply chain and not just the product to ensure they are buying genuinely green IT.

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