MTI raises more than £1,000 for Children In Need

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The MTI team poses in its yellow Children In Need outfits

I am delighted to report that MTI staff raised an amazing £542.72 for the BBC’s annual Children In Need appeal last week. MTI has matched this amount, giving us a fantastic grand total of £1,085.44 to donate to the charity.

We encouraged all staff to do their bit for charity and dress up in yellow outfits or snazzy polka dots, with some outstanding creative results.

In addition to some wild and wacky outfits, staff in the Godalming office organised a Pudsey-themed cake and snacks sale. A photographer from the Surrey Advertiser also came into the office to capture staff’s efforts, and the newspaper included us in their round-up of Surrey’s Children In Need fundraising.

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MTI staff organised a Pudsey-themed cake sale at the Godalming office

I am truly proud of the fundraising efforts of the MTI team, who also helped us raise £1,150.26 for Comic Relief in March. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped us raise such a great total towards this year’s record-breaking Children In Need appeal, which raised £31 million in total nationwide.

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The MTI team hit the phones on Children In Need day

MTI execs named in CRN A-List 2014

Every year CRN announces a shortlist of the top players in the IT channel industry, the A-List. It gives me great pleasure to announce that MTI has not one, but two execs featured in the A-List 2014.Image

The report, which gives an insight into IT leaders’ personalities in the form of a short Q&A, named Ian Parslow, our long-serving Senior Vice President of Sales EMEA, and David Hobson, Head of MTI’s Security Practice, as two of the most influential people within our industry.

This is a great accolade for the two of them personally, and it is also a demonstration of the fantastic progress that MTI is making as an organisation.

I encourage you all to head over to CRN to read Ian and David’s profiles as I’m sure you’ll all learn a bit more about the pair, no matter how well you may know them. Personally, I now know that should the occasion arise I have a ready made lorry driver in Ian, and I certainly won’t be asking David to chip in and wash up any dirty dishes in the office. But he should be expecting a call regarding borrowing that powerboat…

Ian’s profile is at: http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/profile/2307391/ian-parslow

And David’s profile is at: http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/profile/2307285/david-hobson

A great night for a great cause

The Prince's TrustI admire EMC for many reasons. Their team and their technology play a fundamental part in MTI’s business and I am proud of the partnership that we enjoy which is now in its 10th year.

Team MTI at The Prince's Trust Dinner

Team MTI at the Prince’s Trust Dinner

Last night we had another opportunity to celebrate with EMC as they hosted their annual event to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. They work with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

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Team MTI at the Prince’s Trust Diner

The dinner, MC’d by Chris Gould, Director, EMC, at The Savoy in London, started with live jazz and included stand up comedy, mostly at the expense of people living in Oxford. The highlight was an ambassador from the Prince’s Trust who shared with us her life experiences and the role the charity had played in helping her getting her life on track. It was a very moving and courageous presentation which then led to a charity auction which saw our table successfully bidding for FA Cup final tickets at Wembley next year.

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Team MTI at The Prince’s Trust Dinner

All in all, a great night for a great cause, raising more than £30,000 in the charity auction alone for the Prince’s Trust.