Cloud computing is radically changing the way companies buy and use technology. Founded in a Wimbledon spare bedroom just three years ago, TechQuarters has grown to win the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Cloud Small and Medium Business (SMB) Partner of the Year award for its innovative approach in helping businesses migrate to the cloud.

After 15 years in the technology industry, TechQuarters founder Chris Dunning saw the opportunity that the cloud provided and the benefits it delivered to small businesses. He wanted to create a new style of IT services company, staffed by personable, helpful, and reliable engineers and driven by enthusiasm and a desire to help customers do more with technology. TechQuarters has grown its turnover by 61 percent and its customer base by 70 percent over the past year.

Dunning is delighted with the award and the recognition it brings. “Microsoft calls us a ‘Born in the Cloud’ partner, which sums up our fresh approach,” he says. “We entered the awards because we wanted to spotlight our success, attract new business, and demonstrate what can be achieved with Microsoft Cloud Solutions. Our advice to other partners is to look at the cloud now. There’s a growing interest in the cloud—and products such as Office 365 are the perfect door-opener with existing and potential customers.”

TechQuarters specialises in helping businesses save money and reduce complexity by moving to the cloud. Its unique, leading-edge, hybrid cloud migration service delivers capital savings of up to 60 percent while reducing ongoing support costs by 25 percent. This meets the needs of every type of business—from the risk averse to those who want to move everything to the cloud. Customers range from five-person SMBs to organisations with more than 3,500 users.

Over the past 12 months, TechQuarters has expanded rapidly, investing in new technical and telemarketing staff to meet customer demand. Central to this are Microsoft technologies such as Lync, which enables the partner’s virtual team members to communicate in real time, wherever they are. It is very much a two-way street; Dunning has now joined the Microsoft Cloud Partner World Board to help other partners reap the benefits of the cloud.

Dunning is eagerly awaiting the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in July and the opportunities it brings. “We’ve been focused on Microsoft since we started. The development of new products, such as Office 365, and the support we’ve received really has underpinned our growth. We’re already looking ahead, developing solutions across the full Microsoft cloud product set and embracing platforms such as Windows Azure alongside SharePoint to give our customers a one-stop shop. WPC is the perfect chance to learn more and network at the same time—we wouldn’t miss it for the world!”

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