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CompTIA's UK Channel Community is the focal point for our industry-based activities. Formed in 2011, it provides a platform for thought leaders from across the UK IT channel (including resellers, solution providers, distributors, vendors and channel associates) to network, share ideas and develop best practices. The Community aims to be a valuable source of business education and resources for companies engaged in the delivery of IT services in the UK.

For more information on the CompTIA UK Channel Community, please contact us at communities@comptia.org.

Community Goals

  • To provide participants with face-to-face and online networking
  • To pursue common goals for the industry through the development of association designed and/or managed initiatives
  • To provide a voice for the concerns and issues of UK members and represent these views in appropriate environments
  • To help CompTIA understand how it can best serve the members within the UK IT channel and the UK IT Channel itself

Current member-driven initiatives

  • Driving professionalism and accountability into the industry by introducing  UK specific organisational credentials that  identify quality IT businesses and help them drive improvement
  • CompTIA IT Business Trustmark is our entry-level credential, and is designed to validate an IT company’s ability to demonstrate sound business practices and provide quality service
  • CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark is our high-level credential, fully audited by approved external assessors. It is the premier benchmark for IT companies wishing to prove their procedural excellence and adherence to proven best practices.
  • Localising our Member Resource Centre for UK members, providing a relevant and immediately usable set of world-class guidance, advice, templates and related materials for IT suppliers

Members include businesses that are active in the UK IT Channel including:

  • Resellers
  • Solution providers
  • Distributors
  • Vendors
  • Channel associates

Community Initiatives

 

Community Resources and Documents

Doc_IDDoc_TitleDescriptionDate_PostedFile_Size
UK Channel Community Meeting Minutes - February 27, 2013

Meeting minutes from the February 27, 2013 UK Channel Community meeting in Leeds.

Added on 28/02/2013 Document Type : Meeting Minutes File Size : 125 K
Author : William Linard

5 total downloads

1 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Social Media for Marketing

We live in a social media world. Social media provides new channels for IT professionals to establish their expertise. This guides goes over the ins & outs to start taking advantage of these new avenues to grow your business. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 539 K

40 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Mobility Management and Strategy

This 10-Week Guide offers solution providers a framework for exploring the various components of a comprehensive mobility strategy. Rather than focusing on products, this guide works to establish a structure for addressing mobility needs from your customer’s point of view. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Sales Guide File Size : 483 K

20 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Social Business

This 10-Week Guide introduces the concept of a social business with social media being just one component of the bigger picture. This guide offers tactics for leveraging social tools and techniques to gain efficiencies and productivity improvements in your business. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Sales Guide File Size : 531 K

18 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Crafting a Mobility Strategy

Smartphones and tablets are accelerating businesses’ move to mobility. This CompTIA Quick Start Guide provides channel partners with an introduction to deploying and managing increasingly complex mobile work environments and the key steps for building a successful mobility strategy. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 492 K

19 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Entering a New Vertical Market

What does it take to tackle a niche market? The following ten steps will help you build an effective plan to assist your organization in becoming a dominant provider of IT solutions to your chosen vertical market. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 458 K

17 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Social Strategies for Business Use

The social enterprise is one that understands the power of individuals, either in helping tell its story or in working towards its objectives. This guide covers seven steps towards becoming a social enterprise. UK EDITION

Added on 17/10/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 561 K

22 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Virtualisation

Virtualisation has become a critical component of many IT strategies and is a foundational technology in cloud computing. This Guide helps you to understand this element of the cloud & help better address issues such as cost structure and security. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 919 K

22 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Accelerating your IT Security Business

This 10-Week Guide provides small to medium-sized solution providers with a structured approach for building comprehensive, appropriate security solutions. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Sales Guide File Size : 913 K

22 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to IT Security

The IT Security quick start guide provides easy guidelines to follow so that you can make better security decisions for your customers and for your business. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 880 K

21 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Transitioning To Managed Services

This 10-Week Guide provides solution providers with a structured approach for launching managed services. It’s intended for companies that plan to add a MS to an existing service provider operation or those pursuing a complete changeover to the MSP model. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Sales Guide File Size : 683 K

92 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Managed Services

The Managed IT Services quick start guide for solution providers goes over how developing new services lines isn't just an idea, it's a business necessity. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 876 K

76 total downloads

1 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Managed Print Services

The Managed Print Services quick start guide outlines the steps you need to make to successfully break into the managed print market and be profitable. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 1028 K

44 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Unified Communications

This guide will provide some of the insight and information you will need to choose the path that will work best to take your business to new heights.Think of this 10 week guide as a roadmap that will start your business on the road to those new heights. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Sales Guide File Size : 965 K

10 total downloads

0 downloads this week

UK - CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Unified Communications

The Unified Communications quick start guide helps solution providers answer the call for integrated voice, data, video, collaboration, and mobility. UK EDITION

Added on 14/06/2012 Document Type : Quick Start Guide File Size : 877 K

11 total downloads

0 downloads this week

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UK Channel Community Staff Leader

Vaughan Shayler

Vaughan Shayler is Director of Channel Strategy for CompTIA in the UK. He is responsible for ensuring the organisation represents and engages with the entire UK Channel including Distributors, Vendors, and Partners. Going forward he will also be looking into how CompTIA can represent the Channel’s needs with legislators and government.

Before joining CompTIA, Shayler spent seven years leading the design, development and implementation of a specialist ICT certification scheme (credential) for SMEs in the UK. This was initially on behalf of The National Computing Centre (NCC) and then as a stand-alone business, which he later became proprietor of. He joined the NCC specifically for this purpose, as it combined two of his career-long passions – effective use of ICT to improve businesses and commitment to customer and service quality. He has a background in both ICT service delivery and general management, occupying roles from ICT Director in both public and private sectors through to general manager of private companies.

Away from work, Shayler spends most of his time involved in junior sport. He is chairman of his local junior football club, which provides training and matches for over 180 players aged 4 to 18, in 13 different teams, and also helps out in the cricket and rugby clubs where his 14 year old son plays.

UK Channel Community Leadership

Scott Barlow

UK Channel Community Chair
Lee Evans 
Managing Director, Vital Technology Group

Grant F. Johnson

UK Channel Community Vice-Chair
Jim Harrower 
UK & Ireland Sales Manager, GFI Software

 

UK Channel Community Executive Council Members
Mark William, Managing Director, Pensar IT Management 
Matt Barton, Technical Director, Ostrich IT Services 
Andy Dow, Marketing Director, Computer 2000 
Ian Moyse, Sales Director, Workbooks.com 
Les Billing, Sales Director, netPrefect