Global brand Canon has joined with Platinum Partner, IT@Spectrum to launch a new office technology centre of excellence, Canon Business Centre North East.

The facility will deliver improved information management and data services, alongside print and document management expertise, to businesses across the North East.

Canon Business Centre North East will specialise in data management solutions, alongside traditional print and document services, to help businesses automate and streamline office processes. It will also advise companies on increasing operational efficiency, from reducing operating costs to upgrading security and improving productivity.

James Pittick, Director of B2B Indirect Sales, Canon UK, said: “In the race to digital transformation, businesses are looking for a technology partner that can offer best-in-class expertise and innovative solutions to stay ahead of the curve.

“By launching Canon Business Centre North East with IT@Spectrum, customers in the region can access the products they need to drive efficiencies, cut costs and strengthen their offering at a local level.

“This move is a key element of our focus on Partners and highlights our firm commitment to growing our B2B channel business.”

Canon Business Centre North East will showcase how the latest office technology can be used to deliver efficiency and productivity in all types of organisation.

It will be operated by IT@Spectrum, under the globally-recognised Canon brand, in an exciting new collaboration reflecting the partners’ shared passion for providing quality products and solutions, backed by award-winning customer service.

Currently located at the Team Valley trading estate in Gateshead, Canon Business Centre North East will move to larger, showpiece offices in Newcastle in the New Year as a platform for further growth.

Canon Business Centre enhances the North East presence of IT@Spectrum, one of the North’s leading office technology businesses.

IT@Spectrum Managing Director Rob Cavill said: “This launch represents a big step in our company’s history and we’re immensely proud to continue to build on our 37-year heritage with Canon.

“Our local expertise will offer businesses in the region unrivalled levels of support as well as access to products from a global brand renowned for innovation.

“Our new base in the North East means customers will be in a great position to advance their digital transformation objectives. We’re committed to supporting businesses in the region and helping them diversify their offering, or strengthen their services, not only throughout the pandemic but beyond.”

To support the launch and enhance services to businesses across the region, IT@Spectrum has made a series of key new appointments, bringing on board extensive additional expertise, local knowledge and relationships.

Chris Stratford has been recruited as Regional Director from a local print and IT reseller to lead Canon Business Centre North East, while Leigh Everington, previously Managing Director of an office solutions business, has been appointed as Head of Digital Sales, and Steve Motley has come on board as Head of Digital Transformation from a similar role with Arco, the UK’s leading safety business.

Canon UK will continue to work alongside other Partners in the North East and across the UK.