The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 21: Oct/Nov 2015 - Page 5

BUSINESS NEWS Exceptional growth for local IT firm Faringdon based IT firm Computing Information Systems (CIS), which works across the South West, is celebrating substantial growth. The firm which provides disaster recovery services, cloud solutions, data management, IT consulting and IT resource monitoring has grown in size to a 21 strong team. The firm started out in 1989 providing traditional IT support services and has built itself on strong client relationships that have generated steady referrals over the years. CIS has just celebrated supporting one particular client for 20 years. Locally CIS‘s clients include Motaquip and B4 Magazine and they also have a number of clients with a global footprint including St Paul’s Cathedral and Force India F1. In the last two years CIS has diversified to offer a bespoke cloud computing offering and hosts a private cloud in a data centre situated inside an ultra-secure nuclear bunker near Newbury, ensuring businesses are resilient at all times. CIS is currently offering Wiltshire firms the opportunity to learn the importance of security, ease of management and REG0233_Swindon half page advert F.indd 1 functionality in cloud computing by inviting them to tour the firm’s data centre (see full details on page 17) Talking about the firm’s recent growth, Chief Information Officer at CIS Neill Lawson-Smith said: “Growing the business has always been our main goal since CIS started over 25 years ago. We’ve come a long way from where we started, with a management team which drives more business, delights more clients and increases our brand exposure.” Richard Marsh CEO of CIS added: “To say CIS is growing is an understatement. We are working with increasing numbers of local, national and international businesses who need IT and cloud services delivered in a cost efficient and business-focused manner.” CIS is currently in year two of their planned expansion programme and is on target to grow to a team of 30 staff by April 2016. MILSTED LANGDON EXPANDS INTO WILTSHIRE Set up in 1988 by Jonathan Langdon and Simon Milsted, Milsted Langdon Chartered Accountants has grown significantly and now has 28 partners and directors and over 200 members of staff in offices based in Bristol, Taunton and Yeovil, as well as a satellite office in London and a rapidly growing Bath office. With a strong presence in the south west, Milsted Langdon acts for, and with, owner-managed businesses and this client base continues to expand. The firm’s mission statement is to be the pre-eminent, independent, full service regional firm of accountants and business advisers, providing cost-effective proactive advice for ownermanaged businesses and high net worth individuals. Milsted Langdon’s specialist teams work closely together to ensure that clients receive the most comprehensive service at all times. And the firm’s membership of global accountancy alliance MGI gives it access to the expertise of hundreds of member firms across more than 80 different countries, meaning that an answer can always be sourced. To ensure that it offers a variety of services, Milsted Langdon has developed a range of specialisms in niche sectors and continues to look for new markets to expand into. Recently, it launched a service for academy schools, and the academies team – which is led by partner Gill Freeman – acts for all the secondary academies in Yeovil as well as several other local academies, including a multi-school trust. In addition to audit and accountancy services, Milsted Langdon provide VAT advice, governors’ training, finance department training and budget forecasts, as well as assisting with the various returns that academies are now required to submit to the Education Funding Agency. Ian Lloyd is going to be very familiar to business leaders in Wiltshire and the Milsted Langdon Partner is closely associated with the Business Growth Service, the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Business West. As a trained Mindshop business facilitator, Ian is also able to assist companies in developing strategic plans to help improve growth, profitability and business development. Ian said: “Our Bath office is thriving because of its range of specialist services, strong long-lasting relationships with clients and the quality of its people. Bath is a place to get business done and we’re proud to be part of that landscape, serving clients across the city, and expanding into the county of Wiltshire and surrounding areas.” 13/11/2014 THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE 201515:195