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Contract wins spark recruitment drive at Opal

A fast-growing IT firm has boosted revenues by £1.2m in the last six months on the back of a series of lucrative contract wins.

Edinburgh-based Opal has won substantial work in the retail, education, financial services and creative sectors as it looks to increase its share of the UK’s burgeoning IT services market. The work includes contracts with one of the biggest names in UK fashion and a national retail banking and insurance giant.

These positive developments have enabled the company to strengthen its team with five new appointments. Jake Reilly, Daniel Lee and Ian Richardson have joined as support engineers to bolster Opal’s technical expertise, while Daniel Charman has been hired as an IT sales and account manager to capitalise on new business development opportunities. Colin Watson has also been appointed as business development director and in this role he will be responsible for spearheading Opal’s cyber security offerings.

The appointments coincide with a period of strong growth for Opal. Earlier this year the company broke through the £2m turnover barrier for the first time and the recent contract wins have put the firm on course to top that figure in the current financial year.

Andy Metcalfe, managing director of Opal, said: “The work we’ve won in recent months has enabled us to recruit five high-calibre people to add to our excellent team. They will play a major part in helping us reach our ambitious future growth targets. These plans include a further expansion into the financial services and independent school markets, where we have already had some notable results. It will enable us to expand our service offering and geographical footprint as we look to cement our position as one of the country’s premier IT specialists.”

Opal provides a wide variety of technology services and specialises in delivering IT solutions regardless of the client’s environment and type of devices it uses. An Authorised Apple Premium service provider, a leading JAMF Integrator and an approved Microsoft partner, the company works with a number of high-profile clients in the creative industries as well as those operating in the education, retail, legal and financial services sectors. Its biggest client has more than 50 global sites and 25,000 employees worldwide.

From L to R: Jake Reilly, Daniel Lee, Ian Richardson, Michael Thomson (Opal technical director), Daniel Charman, Colin Watson

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