Yorkshire businesses seeing success through crisis

Two listed Yorkshire firms have reported business success during the current crisis.

Managed IT service provider Redcentric in its latest trading update for the year ended 31 March stated that its performance is expected to be in line with its expectations and that during the second half of March it “saw a material increase in sales opportunities as a result of the pandemic”.
Demand was particularly high for increased bandwidth and the Harrogate-based firm’s secure remote access product.

As a result, the business expects April new sales volumes to be as expected for this time of the year. However the firm did warn that it was predicting a reduction in new customers until the end of the Coronavirus crisis but that this should be offset by less cancellations and renewal churn during the same period.

The second, logistics business Clipper Logistics has also reported a new contract win as a result of the pandemic.

The Leeds-based firm has been contracted to provide services to establish a new supply chain for NHS personal protective equipment (PPE) products.

It has rapidly mobilised its warehousing and fulfilment operations since engaging with the NHS, and deliveries have commenced to NHS Hospital Trusts and other healthcare providers across the country.

It reported that from start to finish, mobilisation of the solution took 5 days and included setting up a full warehouse management system for over 200,000 sq. ft. of warehousing space.

Steve Parkin, executive chairman at Clipper commented: “These are unprecedented times, and the support we have received from NHS Supply Chain, Unipart and 101 Logistic Brigade has been outstanding, and has enabled us to create a truly collaborative solution as a result. The solution has required tremendous flexibility and a shared sense of purpose and support in these challenging times. We are all pleased to be able to support the NHS in a critical time for the country, helping NHS staff operate safely whilst caring for those in need.”