Circle Cloud expands again after fresh contract wins

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Growing Stockton cloud computing business Circle Cloud has expanded its workforce and office space following two important contract wins.

The Fusion Hive-based business – which provides cloud computing systems – has landed major contracts with national environmental, waste and recycling service provider NWH and Middlesbrough College.

It means the business – which emerged from Teesside University’s Launchpad incubator – has geared up for growth with the appointment of senior consultant Chris Armstrong and service desk analyst Alan Green.

Circle Cloud is just one of many thriving technology companies at Fusion Hive – the Northshore-based innovation hub managed by Teesside University – where tenants can access university skills, knowledge and contacts.

Chris brings with him experience of enterprise infrastructure management, in particular security.

Tomas Roberton, 26, one half of the entrepreneurial duo behind Circle Cloud (pictured above with analyst Alan Green), said the contracts and hires represented an exciting time for the company.

He said: “We’ve added to the success of the last 12 months with two important client wins.

“NWH is a high profile, national operator that can really benefit from our expertise and Middlesbrough College has a complex IT infrastructure with many users.

“Middlesbrough College was impressed by our work for the North East Chamber of Commerce, which is a great example of the regional support out there.”

To support a new phase of Circle Cloud’s growth, Chris Armstrong joins its Fusion Hive headquarters as an experienced cloud consultant.

Meanwhile apprentice Alan Green is on a one-year programme that will prepare him to move into a more senior, full time role.

He is learning particular Microsoft skills and knowledge through specialist training company Firebrand.

And to top it off Circle Cloud has expanded its office space at Fusion Hive by 35%.

Laura Woods, director of academic enterprise at Teesside University, said: “It’s great to see Circle Cloud continuing to grow in Fusion Hive.

“This is a business that has been supported by Teesside University’s knowledge and resources, and is now thriving.

“Fusion Hive is a hotbed of digital entrepreneurship where tenants benefit from an open, collaborative community which includes Teesside University’s world-leading resources.”

Tomas added: “It’s important that we keep the Circle Cloud team up to date with the latest skills and know-how, and Alan’s training through Firebrand is an important part of that.

“We’re also really pleased to be able to grow within Fusion Hive, and having the option to expand into more office space has been so valuable to us.

“The environment here in Stockton is perfect – we’ve got great skills on the doorstep, good transport links and a network of high quality businesses next door.

“We’re confident these latest contract boosts are a further sign of Circle Cloud’s future on Teesside and beyond.”


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