The Customs House has benefited from a generous donation in kind from award-winning North East company Aspire Technology Solutions.

The Gateshead based company, which was established in 2006 supported a recent IT upgrade at the South Shields arts venue, donating equipment and expertise worth around £20,000.

The Customs House is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and fundraising has been a major focus as it looks to the future, with the replacement of ageing infrastructure having been identified as a priority.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “Companies can help organisations like The Customs House in several different ways. We have been very lucky that a number of companies have given us gifts in kind.

“The most significant of these has come from Aspire Technology Solutions, who helped us by making a sizeable contribution in hardware and technical expertise to upgrade our internal computer systems and customer-facing telephonic equipment.

“We are very grateful that this award-winning local company that we have had a long-standing relationship with, has chosen to support us in our 25th year.”

Aspire is one of the fastest-growing business technology companies in the North of England specialising in communications, cloud solutions, infrastructure and IT support, employing more than 150 highly-trained staff.  They excel in service, best illustrated by their NPS score of +82, which is deemed world-class.

James Branch, Service Account Manager from Aspire commented:  “The Customs House is an excellent cultural venue located not far from our head office.  As Aspire grows year on year it enables us to be able to support the local community and were delighted to be able to assist with this project.”

Aspire is one of the fastest-growing Managed Services Providers in the North of England.  We support a range of businesses from SMEs to local councils to large enterprises, with services including communications (connectivity and voice), cloud services, infrastructure and technical support.

These services are delivered via our privately-owned UK core network, which includes data centres in Gateshead, Sunderland, Leeds, Manchester and London.  Our customers are supported 24/7/365 by a dedicated help-desk, located at our head office in Gateshead.

What sets us apart from our competitors, is the use of data analytics to drive exceptional levels of customer service.  This is best exemplified by our Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +82, which is deemed world-class.