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Business News Chamber welcomes latest patron By Jessica Brookes


Managed services and security provider Air IT has joined Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) as patrons. Air IT, which has offices across the country,


including in Birmingham, is a multi-award- winning firm which provides a full suite of IT support, cyber security, business intelligence, data connectivity and hosted telephony solutions. The business is independently ranked as one


of the top 10 managed service providers in the UK, and in the top 150 worldwide. It is one of a select few managed services


providers which has been awarded a coveted three-star ‘customer-led’ accreditation with the Service Desk Institute.


‘We look forward to developing our relationships with fellow members and contributing to the fantastic work of GBCC across the region’


Henrietta Brealey, chief executive of Greater


Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “I’m really thrilled that Air IT have joined our top tier of membership as patrons of the Chambers. “They join a raft of other influential, trail-


blazing businesses that are real leaders in our region. The Chamber is a not-for-profit business and our patrons, like us, are committed to supporting and developing a flourishing local business community. “Air IT are a forward-thinking business with


their roots in the Midlands and a people-first culture. Their growth trajectory is impressive and we look forward to working with them on


Icing on the cake: John Whitty (left) and Andrew Pennington


that journey through our bespoke, tailored range of patronage services.” John Whitty, Air IT’s chief executive, said:


“Becoming patrons of the Greater Birmingham Chamber is a major milestone for Air IT. It cements our expansion into the West Midlands following our acquisition of longstanding Chamber members, Microtrading. “Through our patronage, we look forward to


developing our relationships with fellow members and contributing to the fantastic work of GBCC across the region.” Andrew Penlington, regional director of Air IT (Birmingham), said: “We are delighted to be


named as the 40th patron of the Greater Birmingham Chamber during our 40th year in business. “After many years of being a GBCC member,


becoming a patron is the icing on the cake. This will allow us to play a more active role in shaping Chamber policies, as well as advising SMEs on best practice regarding technology which has been our mission from the start.” Last year Air IT acquired Birmingham-based


Microtrading, which has provided managed IT services for more than 35 years.


More patrons’ news – Page 30 Fleet management firm joins as preferred partner


Fleet management and vehicle leasing business Runyourfleet is the latest firm to be appointed as part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s (GBCC) preferred partner programme, writes Jessica Brookes. Runyourfleet, the trading name


of Multifleet Vehicle Management, based at Henley-In-Arden, manages more than 26,000 vehicles for businesses across the UK. As part of its new partnership


with the Chambers, Runyourfleet will provide members with access to impartial advice, and a complete range of fleet management, rental, and vehicle funding solutions with special offers, unique discounts and free upgrades. Members of the Chamber will be


Trusted advice: Steve Whitmarsh 16 CHAMBERLINKApril 2021


able to access benefits cloud based software, hosted by Runyourfleet. Steve Whitmarsh, managing


director of Runyourfleet, said: “At a time of huge change to the status quo of business and personal motoring, and as we transition to low and zero emission vehicles, we aim to be a source of trusted advice to all members of the Chamber. “With the Birmingham Clean Air


Zone being introduced on 1 June, having access to impartial advice on running clean, safe vehicles has never been more important whether you have one van or a fleet of cars and vans. “We currently help businesses of


all sizes across the UK manage over 26,000 vehicles, and as we can finance vehicles using our own funding facilities, we are able to be flexible yet competitive in our approach. We look forward to meeting members and working with the Chamber to make a


difference.” Runyourfleet joins utility


consultants Inspired Energy and business finance hub Finpoint as preferred partners of the Chamber. Katrina Cooke, chief commercial


officer at the Chambers, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome runyourfleet as preferred partners of the Chamber. “Our preferred partners scheme


offers members bolstered benefits, the chance to seek advice, guidance and services from firms – all extremely crucial as we emerge from the devastating impact of the Covid pandemic. “We’re looking forward to


working with runyourfleet more closely, and helping members access the range of benefits associated with this new partnership.”


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