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Turnover and jobs boost puts IT firm on course for further growth

Ochiba Business Solutions is set for further expansion after it doubled employee numbers and boosted turnover thanks to a successful growth strategy.

Ochiba, supports small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) through the implementation of integrated IT business solutions from world leading provider SAP. The firm focuses exclusively on SAP Business One and has developed a software portfolio for clients in sectors including manufacturing, service, wholesale distribution and retail.

Ochiba experienced an increase in turnover from £970,000 in 2013 to £1.8m last year, and is now forecasting a £2m turnover for 2016.

The company has also welcomed three new faces to the workforce, bringing staff numbers to 25 compared with 12 in 2013.

Director and Co-Founder Gordon Wood said: “We moved to our bigger premises in Barlborough Links Office Park two years ago and, shortly after, created the management team behind our growth strategy.

“From there we extended our support teams, as well as increasing consultancy capabilities. This was an important platform for our growth to date and will serve us well for further expansion plans in 2017.

“Following our recent growth, the next step is to extend the business development capabilities again for increased sales potential.  SAP Business One occupies a unique position within the SME market and is the fastest growing product in the manufacturing, distribution, and service sectors.

“We are now in a position to look at further market expansion targeting the larger end of the SME market, while the new job roles and staff will enhance the Ochiba team and allow us to continue to focus some of our sales effort on those larger SME projects, too.”

Left to right: David Johnson, Rebecca Long & Simon Lacey

Left to right: David Johnson, Rebecca Long & Simon Lacey

Account Manager David Johnson replaces James Thompson who has moved on to Business Development Manager. David, who has three years in an Account Management role and 16 years’ IT experience, joined Ochiba as he wanted to work for a close-knit, growing team.

Two newly created jobs see Simon Lacey and Rebecca Long joining to the team as Senior SAP Consultants. Simon has worked in IT more than three decades, most recently in the USA as a management consultant for KPMG, managing large projects.

Rebecca moved from Hertfordshire to work for Ochiba as the local firm is the UK’s leading SAP Business One company for the manufacturing industry. She has been implementing SAP in companies in that sector for the last seven years and also brings with her strong project management experience.

A leading UK SAP Gold Partner, Ochiba has one of the largest dedicated SAP Business One teams in the UK and has been creating innovative, industry-specific software solutions for customers for more than decade.

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