13 partners have signed up to Ingram Micro UK’s VentureTech Network (VTN), with a further three resellers set to join soon.
The distributor held its inaugural VTN UK chapter meeting in March, attended by partners interested in the idea-sharing programme.
The UK group’s next meeting will be in May, with members gathering with their US VTN counterparts at the IMOne event in New Orleans later in the month.
The chapter was named ‘Apollo’ following a vote at the meeting.
Apollo’s members also agreed to adopt NSPCC as the group’s chosen charity. £2,000 was raised at the first meeting and the children’s charity will feature heavily in the group’s activities going forward.
New member Mark Davies, sales and marketing director of Cobweb Solutions Limited, commented: “I was delighted to be invited along to the inaugural UK VTN event and was pleasantly surprised at the openness and engagement with all attendees.
“There was a real sense of community and I’m already working on mutual business opportunities from the day, so I’m very positive.
“The commitment from the whole team at Ingram Micro was evident and their positive influence helped drive the mood amongst the attendees.
“Also, using Ingram Micro’s relationships with larger vendors should give VTN partners the opportunity to leverage more support than they would traditionally manage by themselves.”
Enzo Brienza, director of sales at RFL Communications, another new VTN member, added: “I’d like to thank the team at Ingram Micro for their hospitality and the comprehensive content delivered at the recent kick off event.
“I found the meetings very useful in a number of areas and a great introduction to a very novel and exciting programme.
“We have some great objectives to cover in our chapter but my focus is on my business objectives which I trust will be accelerated with the help and assistance of Ingram Micro and the chapter members.”
Mark Williams, director at Wavex Technology Limited and president of Apollo, said: “VTN really is what the channel has been looking for – a focused group of business owners and senior executives sharing ideas and opportunities to grow their organisations.
“The level of engagement and honesty was refreshing and is exactly what the community stands for.
“I am excited for our next session where we will focus on the specifics around inhibitors and enablers of growth in our complex market.
“Thank you to everyone, we have lift off.”