Portico Doors invests in new connectivity

Advantex’s Scott Duncan (left) and Portico Doors’ Charlotte Craggs mark the completion of the installation of a turnkey IT solution

Startup door manufacturer Portico Doors has invested in a package of new digital connectivity and technology services, to support growth. The north east firm, which produces and supplies a range of composite doors for residential housing across the UK from its new Washington facility, has completed the installation of a turnkey IT solution from Advantex.

Part of an undisclosed five-figure contract, the work saw Advantex resolve several business-critical connectivity issues from the outset to enable onsite production to begin as planned earlier this autumn. The project provided server hardware, wireless local area network, switching infrastructure, firewall and cybersecurity, network infrastructure and Backup subscriptions with a package of ongoing IT support.

The investment sees Portico Doors benefit from superfast production connectivity as well as cybersecure IT services as it ramps up door production at its 40,000ft² factory on the Pattinson Industrial Estate. Portico opened for business in October by brother and sister Tony and Charlotte Craggs, and reports robust demand.

Charlotte, the company’s services director, said: “Advantex pulled out all stops to overcome some complex business critical connectivity issues, its engineers working quickly to help us get started. We were impressed by their service and rapid grasp of our requirements, delivering effective solutions that will meet our current requirements and future needs as we continue to establish the business.”

This is the latest contract success for Advantex, which employs more than 50 people and is targeting a £6m turnover this year. Scott Duncan, its business development manager, said: “We are delighted to support new startups in the region, leveraging our expertise in the manufacturing sector to deliver advanced and high-performance services as part of integrated turnkey solutions. Advantex is seeing a growing number of northeast and national manufacturing clients switching to our managed service solutions to drive their business performance.”

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