WatchGuard thanked its UK channel at yesterday’s Partner Conference in London for another successful year and handed out awards to recognise outstanding performance and excellence. The Partner of the Year Award went to West Yorkshire-based SEC-1 for its continued contribution to WatchGuard’s ongoing growth in the UK, while Wick Hill, now part of the Nuvias Group, was named as Distributor of the Year. Wick Hill has worked with WatchGuard for 20 years and its expansion over the last 12 months has reinforced its commitment to invest for the future and drive sales growth for WatchGuard.
Growth Partner of the Year went to Westwood Associates following an impressive increase in revenues of 258%, largely through sales into the education, retail and healthcare markets. New Partner of the Year went to CCS Media, which became a WatchGuardONE partner in 2016 and achieved 217% annual growth. Alcester-based NetThreat was presented with the Marketing Campaign of the Year for its sustained, multi-channel activity to generate new business. The final award for Best Project went to WatchGuard reseller ADM and its customer The Ritz Hotel, which invested in multiple WatchGuard M4600 and M500 UTMs, along with WatchGuard’s Threat Detection and Response (TDR) solution.
Making the presentations at the Gala Dinner in London, WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani commented, “The channel is the lifeblood of our business and the ongoing commitment, loyally and enthusiasm of our partners continues to drive success for all of us. Our Partner of the Year Sec-1 encapsulates these qualities through its strong collaborative and consultative approach to marketing and sales, combined with its investment in certified training and high-quality technical support.”
"We have worked with WatchGuard for some 20 years and its product portfolio and partner services have never been stronger. The WatchGuard team deliver experienced, reliable and friendly support with a willingness to get their ‘hands dirty’ to meet our goals,” said Dave Ashton, Sales Director at Sec-1.
Richard Isted, IT manager at The Ritz commented, “Ultimately at The Ritz we are trusted by our guests and ensuring we maintain our prestigious reputation is fundamental. Making sure we have a secure network and protecting our digital assets and databases is paramount and WatchGuard helps us to do this.”
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