This section of the website has been introduced so you can see something of what’s going on behind the scenes at Grant McGregor. We are a growing Edinburgh business with real people at the helm….this is where you can get to know us that little bit better and find out some other things that are going on ‘behind closed doors’ at GM headquarters.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
The festive season has well and truly hit our home city of Edinburgh! Buildings and trees are covered in twinkling lights; the Christmas market is buzzing with both locals and tourists; shoppers are rushing around getting last-minute Christmas gifts; and even Grant McGregor have been getting into the holiday spirit! See our blog here to find out how…
We’d like to take this chance to wish all of our customers, suppliers, blog readers and any potential companies we may work with in the new year, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Grant McGregor!
Scottish Business Resilience Centre – Trusted Partner
This month we received our Trusted Partner logo from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre. The SBRC is a non-profit organisation which helps and supports Scottish businesses offering a range of business resilience services in order to provide the best advice to safeguard your company, customers & employees.
The Trusted Partners scheme launched by the SBRC and endorsed by Police Scotland, consists of companies in Scotland who are independent Cyber Essentials Certifying Bodies, like Grant McGregor. The SBRC promote these Trusted Partners to help businesses in Scotland with cyber security advice and we’re proud to be part of this Trusted Partner group.
If you’re looking to certify for Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus, give us a call on 0808 164 4142.
Grant McGregor reaches a half a million milestone!
Long ago, before the new Millenium was 10 years old in fact, Grant McGregor implemented a Professional Services ServiceDesk ticketing system to help us resolve and track our clients’ IT issues effectively. Since that date some 500,000 different support tickets have been logged onto this system for our clients! These range from automated 24×7 Monitoring Alerts and managed service issues from PCs & Servers, to human customer-logged tickets requesting some help.
Broken down this effectively equates to well over 200 tickets a day flowing through the ServiceDesk to be actioned by this Business As Usual team as everything is tracked until it’s successfully completed!
So we’d just like to say a huge well done to our ServiceDesk team for all their hard work and great customer service over these past 8 or 9 years since we put this vital engine at the heart of our business. Thanks are due not just for helping us reach this milestone, but in delivering the top notch levels of service that our clients tell us that they love…
Here’s to the next 500,000! 😊
Merry Christmas from Grant McGregor!
Last weekend the Grant McGregor team got together outside of work to enjoy a Christmas lunch, where we got the chance to relax, laugh, and reflect on what a fantastic year 2017 has been for us.
You can read more about this here.
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our clients – new and old – for helping make 2017 a great year for us. As well as our suppliers and the other contacts we have worked with throughout the year.
From all of us at Grant McGregor, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Grant McGregor is now Cyber Essentials Plus Certified
During August Grant McGregor passed an exacting exam to become a Cyber Essentials Plus Certified company. Having already become an IASME qualified certifying body for Cyber Essentials, we can now assess and audit other organisations to achieve the CE+ certificate and accreditation.
We are trained and licensed to certify against both the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme and the IASME Governance Standard. We can also offer consulting services to help your business achieve these certifications.
For more information on IASME & Cyber Essentials schemes in general, click here.
And find out how we can help you to achieve Cyber Essentials too!
10 Straightforward Social Media Tips & Tricks
This month at Grant McGregor we’ve been looking at social media what SMEs can do to utilise it successfully.
With the help of Karin Dubois from the Network Group, we created a short guide to 10 tips & tricks for making use of social media for your business.
Advent Calendar Drive
The staff at Reed Technology with their incredible amount of donations to RHSC!
Last month we received an email from Reed – a recruitment company we’ve used before – asking if we could donate to their Advent Calendar Drive.
Reed Technology in Scotland had come up with a lovely initiative, working with The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh to raise over 100 advent calendars for the childrenn who are in hospital over Christmas time.
Grant McGregor agreed that this was a fantastic and worthy cause so donated a dozen chocolate advent calendars to Reed for RHSC. Our contact at Reed, Donna Wilson, then messaged us to let us know that Reed had definitely exceeded their initial target, by donating well over 400 advent calendars as well as donations of toys and books for the children too.
Well done to everyone at Reed Technology for this fantastic drive and for managing to get so many donations for RHSC. We were glad to have helped out a little and it’s lovely knowing that even though these kids are in hospital over the festivities, they still get to open the doors on their advent calendar each day to find a little surprise, just like everyone else!
Pictured: GM Director David Lawrence handing over some advent calendars to Donna Wilson, Business Manager at Reed Technology
Grant McGregor Wins SolarWinds MSP Community Partner of the Year
Grant McGregor are proud to have received another fantastic award and IT industry accolade.
At the beginning of November, three of the GM team; Jon, David L & Paul attended the SolarWinds conference in Edinburgh. And at the very start of the day they were pleasantly surprised to be asked to pick up this prestigious honour as Community Partner of the Year.
Hitting the high spots!
Jon, David & a friend on top of Ben Nevis (above) and on top of the CMD Arête (left).
We like to get away from the computer screens from time to time…
A couple of weeks ago GM’s Directors Jon and David took on the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis.
It wasn’t an easy task, as they climbed the north face of the 4,414ft mountain via the infamous Ledge Route and then walked the precipitous Carn Mor Dearg arête to the top of Carn Mor Dearg – another mountain over 4,000ft!
But their hike over the rocky, rough and boulder terrain was worth it for the spectacular views from the top!
Well done guys – a brilliant achievement! 🙂
Fun at the Fringe!
It’s that time of year again… where the city is full of fantastic, funny, fabulous, fascinating and sometimes freaky events and entertainment… it’s the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
And once again our office building (The Merchants’ Hall) in central Edinburgh has been transformed into a fringe venue. This August it has become the A-Club in the evenings. Run by ADMevents, the A-Club transforms the majestic Merchants’ Hall building into a unique event venue with live music, delicious food and cocktails.
The fringe does make for a very busy commute to work for many of us, but it’s not a big price to pay for the electric atmosphere in this exciting and exceptional city this month!
Grant McGregor feature in the top 250 Worldwide Microsoft Partners…
Grant McGregor are delighted to announce we’ve made the Top 250 Microsoft Partners for Inbound Marketing Excellence in 2016!
According to Demand Metric, inbound content marketing generates 3 times as many leads as traditional outbound marketing but costs 62% less.
At Grant McGregor we really see the value of inbound marketing as a way of reaching new audiences and helping customers find out about the services we provide.
Another UK IT Industry award for Edinburgh based IT Services Company, Grant McGregor Ltd.
Grant McGregor Ltd are very pleased to have received another prestigious IT Industry Award, this time for Outstanding Member Commitment and support to our network of IT peers, the Network Buying Group.
NBG held their annual Gala and Awards event in Brighton on the sunny south coast of England, where Jon accepted the award on behalf of the Grant McGregor team.
This month we have another employee to introduce to you!
Please welcome Miriam Fraser to the team! Miriam is joining us as an Office Administrator, as Kerrie’s replacement.
To find out more about Miriam, please visit her profile on out ‘Meet The People’ section on the website here.
Welcome Ryan & Naz
This month we welcome not just one, but two new employees to the Grant McGregor team! Ryan Shiells joins us as an IT Helpdesk Support Analyst and Naz Ali as an Accounts & Operations Administrator. Please check out their profiles on our ‘Meet the People’ section on the website to find out more about them.
Fraud Prevention Seminar – 3rd December
Some of the team from Grant McGregor were involved in a Fraud Prevention Seminar at the start of the month at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End. Our very own Jon Towers took to the stage as a key speaker, along with Stewart Thom from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Jon shared some real life experiences of digital disasters, whilst offering advice on how to ‘Reduce Your Attack Surface’ in today’s digital world.
The Future of IT Security Conference
This month our Sales Account Manager, David Bell, headed to London for a conference on the future of IT security. The conference had an extensive program with lots of keynote speakers and breakout sessions, concentrating on thought-provoking discussions and engaging attendees with the practical resources and constructive tools to seamlessly integrate cutting-edge IT security solutions within organisations. Infinigate’s Channel Partner Event was a great opportunity to learn more about different vendors products and solutions and to also engage with relevant people on how we can deliver more value to our clients.
To find out more about the exciting IT software and solutions that are available to keep your IT systems secure, contact us to have a no obligation chat and see if we are able to help get the right solution for your business.
Masters of Backup
Congratulations to Daniel Taylor, Darren Smith and Lee Dailly on passing their MAX Backup exams. All three are now certified as ‘Masters of Backup’, covering desktop, laptop and server backup, and bring added knowledge and expertise in this field to pass on to our clients. The whole team is very proud of you all, well done!
If you would like to learn more about this service or how it can benefit your business, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Welcome back Ciara!
We are pleased to see the lovely Ciara back at work this month after 5 weeks off traveling around Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia! Here’s a picture of Koh Nang Yuan in Thailand which was just one of the many places she visited on her travels.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Fun
It’s that time of year when Edinburgh comes alive with hundreds of shows in the Edinburgh Festival. We are very lucky to have a wonderfully central venue for our offices and at this time of year a large part of our building (The Merchants’ Hall) is let out to a company called Spotlites Theatre. They provide a wide array of shows for children & young adults between the ages of 2-18 yrs. The scaffolding is up and the stage is set in venue 278 for the newbies at GM to experience this month long event for the first time. Some of the longer standing members of the team are less enthusiastic about squeezing through crowds and queues to get into the building for work…..there has to be some downside to working in such a fantastic building I guess! Grant McGregor headquarters during the Edinburgh Festival 2015
Lee joins the GM team as an IT Support Helpdesk Analyst.
Want to know a bit more about him?
You can check out his page on the ‘About Us’ section of the website.
8th July – Grant McGregor Making The News!
Very please with the PR this award has generated. How ironic that the front page of todays Evening News was about 13,000 email addresses being stolen by hackers from Edinburgh Council’s database.
Cyber security experts have warned local authorities “don’t stand a chance” against hackers after more than 13,000 e-mail addresses were stolen from council systems in a “malicious cyber attack”.
Flip to page 15… Capital tech firm scoops global IT award for best performing UK partner. It just shows you how important IT security is for all businesses, no matter how big or small!
Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller – Academic Volume Licensing
From the 1st of July Grant McGregor has become a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller (AER). Demonstrating our ability to meet Microsoft academic customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft AER authorization, partners must complete a test to prove their level of academic licensing and market expertise.
The AER program is designed to train participating resellers on Microsoft’s Academic licensing, authorize them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses, and demonstrate to potential customers that they are approved and knowledgeable academic partners.
Annual Team Building Trip
This month we journeyed up to Newtonmore in the highlands for our annual team building trip. We teamed up with Active Outdoor Pursuits for a weekend of canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling and orienteering! When we arrived we settled in and headed to the garden for a BBQ and some relaxation time before the days events on Saturday. It was an early start and the weather was less than impressive but we never let that dampen our spirits! Waterproofs on and teams worked out, it was time to get to work on the X-Adventure challenge the guys at Active Outdoor Pursuits had planned for us. It was a challenging day with lots of obstacles to overcome but with encouragement and working together as a team, we all made it to the finish line! Here are some pictures of our time in Newtonmore.
Check out our Facebook page for all of the photos from the weekend away.
GFI Partner Conference
As one of GFI Software’s key, strategic Gold Partners in the UK, Grant McGregor was invited to attend the Worldwide GFI Partner conference in Vienna earlier in June.
Jon was delighted that the team at Grant McGregor was awarded Best UK GFI Partner at the Conference for our unwavering commitment, strong technical ability and fantastic customer service record.
Find out what we discovered about what the future holds by reading this Award Winning Technology from Award Winning People article that we published.
Whisky & Cheese Tasting Event
Some pictures from our whisky and cheese tasting event on Friday the 29th. A very enjoyable evening had by all. We would thoroughly recommend Justine Hazelhurst as a very knowledgeable and friendly host for the event and who would have thought that whisky and cheese would be such a good combination? Some lovely whisky’s and some amazing cheese that complemented each other so well!
Network Group Gala & Awards Ceremony
Early this month, Jon travelled to Brighton to attend the Network Group’s annual Gala and Awards ceremony. GM became a member of the group last year and we have been enjoying the benefits of access to the best pricing in the marketplace, which we can then pass onto our customers. NBG’s motto of ‘Strength in Numbers’ is very fitting, the collaboration with other members on business strategy, best practice, access to shared resources and training is hugely rewarding for our business…and, in turn, for our customers too.
Grand National Sweepstake
As a bit of fun around the office we had a little sweepstake for the Grand National… today we came into the office to find that Doug had romped home with the winner Many Clouds and bagged himself £30, while Donald scooped the 2nd and 3rd place winners giving him a prize of £20. Well done guys 🙂
We would like to say a warm welcome to Ciara who joined the team on the 1st of April. Ciara has joined us as a Sales and Marketing Intern and we are looking forward to seeing some fresh new marketing initiatives getting put into action soon. Please join us in welcoming Ciara to the Grant McGregor team 🙂
A Spring Clean at GM Headquarters
This week we had our carpets upgraded at GM Headquarters at the Merchant’s Hall and we are very pleased with the fresh new look. However, even a simple job such as this requires pre-planning so that the company stays operational for you, our customers.
Our rooms had to be completely clear of desks and equipment for the fitters, which in turn meant that our whole IT set up had to be taken out as well. Ensuring that everything is taken out correctly and put back where it should be is a task in itself.
We have helped many of our clients with moves, be it from moving desks around an office to moving offices completely to a whole new destination. Completing these moves, while ensuring as little disruption as possible to the day to day running of the businesses is challenging but we’ve had plenty of practice!
If you need help with moving workstations or even whole offices, we can help make this process smooth and stress free, while keeping your business IT operational. To discuss this in more detail please contact us on 0131 603 7910.
Happy 25th Birthday Dan
Today is our Daniel’s 25th Birthday… which means he is now old enough to drive the company car! Happy Birthday from all the team Dan 🙂
Dan’s good run was short lived as he hopped into the office on crutches this morning with severe ligament damage to his ankle after a football tackle went wrong.. Its no longer Dan ‘the man’, its ‘Disaster’ Dan! No football for 6 months…how is he going to cope!
Microsoft Certified – Daniel Taylor
After weeks of revision and preparation, our Dan ‘the man’ sat his Microsoft 70-410 – Installing and configuring server 2012 exam… And passed! Another certificate added to the wall and a relieved Dan can breath easy and have his evenings back for more leisurely activities…anything but studying. This qualification gives our clients reassurance and peace of mind that there equipment is being looked after by certified IT guys who know how to get the best out of the equipment. Congratulations from all the team Daniel, well done!!!
Congratulations Darren Smith
Congratulations to Darren Smith for becoming a dad for the first time… Baby Demi Smith was born on the 15th February weighing 7.5 lbs. Darren has been enjoying some paternity leave with the new arrival and will be back to work soon. Congratulations from all the team Dazza!
The Grant McGregor Referral Scheme Launch
This month we have been busy behind the scenes getting ready to launch our referral scheme. We are now please to announce that it is up and running a ready for you to take advantage of. There is a choice of rewards available for doing the referral scheme…and it is so easy as well!!! What is not to like about this scheme?
Are you happy with the service you receive from us? Do you recommend us to your friends and business associates already? Do you know someone who is looking for the same great IT service that you receive? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have to check out our referral scheme today.
Click here to see THE GRANT MCGREGOR REFERRAL SCHEME
Dan, Doug & Donald’s Mountain Biking at Glentree
You might think they are crazy but some of our (more outdoorsy) team decided to take a trip up to Glentree for a spot of mountain biking. As you can see from the picture, there was plenty of snow about which made the bike ride all the more challenging for them. Whatever floats your boats guys!
Looking back at some of the posts we created in this section of the website since it was introduced in August has reminded us what a good year it has been!
We have seen growth and new additions joining the team, a new company car that cannot be missed and amongst other things, a team building weekend that will be difficult to beat….but we’ll certainly try!
During 2014 we also helped a number of you to start using Cloud services from Microsoft and others. We updated a whole lot of aging PCs that were still running on XP and we helped several of you to successful relocate to new offices – some just before Christmas! The GM team put industry-leading monitoring and protection defences in place for most of you, ensuring your IT infrastructure is safe and secure.
We would also like to thank all of our customers for making 2014 the most successful year in the companies 14 year history! We are delighted to have some great Edinburgh businesses, such as the Dominion Cinema, Marketing Edinburgh and George Christies joining us. We are also delighted to be working with Stoneywood Care and SCRT in the field of social care. It is a joy to be able to work with so many different types of people and companies, across many different sectors.
We are all looking forward to see what 2015 brings and welcome the challenges ahead and tackling them, face on as a team.
Christmas Night Out
Friday the 12th seen us head out for our Christmas night out. We embraced Christmas Jumper Day and made a donation to Save the Children for taking part. We all had our Secret Santa gifts to hand out and there were some really creative gifts! As our office humbug, Paul was especially pleased to have received some gifts that really got him in the Christmas spirit… The detail on the car he received was outstanding!
We then moved on to Chaophraya on Castle Terrace for a lovely Thai meal which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We couldn’t recommend this restaurant more and will definitely go back! Great food, wonderful cocktails, amazing views and excellent service… all of that combined with the great company of all the team made it a very enjoyable evening for all.
Welcome Donald MacPherson
We would like to say a very warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Donald MacPherson! Donald is joining us as a Helpdesk Support Analyst and he joined us on our Christmas night out prior to him starting with us on the 15th December… and we are happy to say that experience did not put him off joining the team! Check out our ‘Meet The Team’ part of the website soon to have a read about Donald’s background and some of his fantastical facts! Please join us in welcoming Donald to the team, we are sure you will speak to him on the help desk soon 🙂
New Look Grant McGregor
Its all being updated and refreshed at Grant McGregor just now! Not only have we now got an eye catching new company car that is looking great, we have also just ordered new clothes for the guys….and to top all of that off, the photos are in from our shoot and the website has been updated with these great images, as well as the creation of a Meet The Team video. If you haven’t had a look at it yet, please check it out here and put a face to the name of the person at the end of the phone. If you like the look of the new pictures and are looking to hire a photographer, we can’t recommend David Tyszko Photography enough. David was very accommodating and totally put us at easy, we all had a good laugh while doing the photos and we think the photos reflect how relaxed we all were getting these done. Not only does David do corporate photography, he also does family portraits and lots of other forms of photography. Feel free to contact him directly for quotes and further information on – mobile: 077469 857 38, Email: email@example.com.
Photo shoot – new pictures coming soon!
This week we had a photo shoot in the office to get some new pictures for the website. There have been some changes in peoples appearances and some new starts this year already, so it was time to give the pictures an overhaul….check back soon to see the updated images….. Click click, say cheese!
You will see us coming now!
Our company car had its livery completed this month and we are extremely happy with the results… What do you think? If you are thinking about giving your company cars a new look then we cant recommend these guys enough…. please click here!
Spot the Difference? GFI MAX & Cloud Conference
David and Jon headed off to London for the GFI MAX & Cloud conference earlier this month, investing three days and two nights of jam packed information sharing and networking. Happily for them the conference wasn’t all technology and terminology. There was an excellent Dinner & Drinks event on the middle evening at which the hosts had organised for pinball machines, 1980s Video Games (like PacMan, Space Invaders and Galaxians) to be available to play and also laid on some more sociable entertainment in the form of three celebrity ‘lookalikes’. And it was very difficult to spot the difference…..to read Jon’s article about what went on at the conference please click here.
Team Building Weekend Away
Here are some pictures from our team building weekend away. To read the full article about what we got up to on this exciting adventure of white water rafting and canyoning, please click here. You can view the full photo catalogue from the weekends activities on our Grant McGregor Facebook page.
Day 2 – Canyoning