Sky's the limit for ambitious IT firm offering Cloud services to Hull firms

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2019

A pioneering Hull IT company is reaping the rewards of its move to The Deep Business Centre, as it targets ambitious future growth.

Think Cloud, co-founded by Scott Clark and Leon McQuade, has grown from a team of five to today employing 11 people.

The tech firm is on a mission to offer innovative IT services which can transform businesses and save hours of time every week, and has earmarked the manufacturing sector as a target for growth.

Leon said: “My dream is to make a dent in the universe by helping people to understand technology as a tool and enabling them to unleash their full potential.

“We are also on the doorstep of the digital community at C4Di but what we like most about The Deep is that it allows us to expand.

Think Cloud has moved to The Deep Business Centre and doubled its staff base as it targets ambitious growth (Karl Andre Smith)

“We offer training courses to businesses, which are designed at helping people understand more about the technology they work with.

"We then provide a digital training manual, which businesses can then use as a step-by-step guide to develop the staff they already have."

Think Cloud’s origins can be traced back to a different company launched as a start-up by Scott in 2003 from his parents’ bedroom.

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Virtual Networking Ltd grew to support more than 150 customers, including the Humber Bridge Board, KCOM Stadium and charity Andy’s Man Club.

The business re-branded as Think Cloud, moved from its home in Melton to The Deep Business Centre, and now offers services beyond traditional IT support.

Think Cloud has moved to The Deep Business Centre and doubled its staff base as it targets ambitious growth (Karl Andre Smith)

Think Cloud’s approach is based on a belief that traditional IT support is outdated, and that the changing digital landscape will see a merger of the accountancy and IT sectors.

The new-look company has invested heavily in adding other services as a re-seller partner for Google Apps, Xero for cloud accounting, Unleashed for inventory management and Hubspot for marketing automation.

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Scott said: “Nobody else is selling that app stack in this way.

“In the past five years we have seen a massive drive towards the cloud and one that I feel is set to revolutionise and digitally transform business forever.

“This change is one that we need to be a part of and our old model no longer fitted our clients of today, let alone tomorrows clients.”

Leon said Think Cloud’s aim moving forwards was to grow organically, and said its home at The Deep could provide the perfect place to expand.

“We have some really ambitious growth plans lined up. Moving forwards we would like to develop our own Centre of Excellence, and work closely with the manufacturing sector.

“Our IT solutions could save a business hours of time every week. Think of what that new time could be used for."

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