Converge TS eyes national expansion
January 15, 2015
Cheshire-based Converge Technology Specialists (ConvergeTS), the country’s only dedicated Cloud computing provider for law firms, is planning major expansion across England and Wales as it builds on its success in the North-West.
After significant investment in its own infrastructure during 2014, Converge TS expects to recruit 12 more people to its expanding team this year as it bids to grow turnover by at least 50%.
Converge TS has over 50 UK-based clients including JMW, Linder Myers, O’Neill Patient, Pannone Corporate and Total Conveyancing Services. Its investment strategy, aimed at maximising the growth of its Cloud services across the UK, was backed by recent research which pointed out that while only 10% of UK law firms currently use hosted services, by 2018 the figure will rise to close to 90%.
During 2014 Converge TS invested £800,000 in new premises in Daresbury Park, helped by a £160,000 Business Growth Grant from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. This enabled the company to build a state-of-the-art data centre – ensuring it complies with the strict requirements of the regulations governing solicitors using Cloud-based services – and invest in people to guarantee that ConvergeTS has the tightest service-level agreements in the market.
Founder and managing director Nigel Wright, says: “We have laid strong foundations over the past nine years, and so our business is ready to take off nationally and exploit the opportunities available with law firms. The Cloud is the future for the legal industry for a multitude of reasons and as the only provider dedicated to law firms, we are in prime position to expand our reach. It is a major step for law firms to move to a hosted solution, but we have the experience to ease them through the process.
“As well as increased productivity, moving to the Cloud with Converge TS brings a range of benefits including compliance peace of mind and our unrivalled experience in managing a wide range of existing law firm applications. At a time of unprecedented competition in the legal market, our clients can attest to the improvements that going hosted has made to their businesses.”
Bill Jones, Chair of JMW Solicitors, says: “We realised the importance of having a good IT infrastructure, you need it for every aspect of your business. Following a strict tender process, we found that Converge came up with the best solution. To have all our data away from our premises in a secure environment and where we knew we could get instant access was very important.
“We particularly liked Converge’s knowledge of our industry; they have experience of working with many law firms. It quickly became apparent that we were dealing with people who wanted to be our business partners and help us move forward. It gives us comfort to know that we can outsource a lot of responsibility to Converge and our business will be more efficient as a result. Our partnership with Converge is vitally important.”