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Welsh Firm Invests £700,000 to Acquire 2,500 Chromebooks

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iTeach, based at East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, has invested over £700,000 to acquire 2,500 Chromebooks for distribution across Welsh schools supported by Barclays via the CBILS Government backed emergency loan scheme.

Established in 2012, iTeach are a Cardiff based I.T. Support company offering technical support and services to Education and Business customers across the country. Employing 24 staff the business expects turnover to exceed £2 million this year despite the impact of the pandemic.

Andrew Rosser, Managing Director of iTeach said;

“The Coronavirus struck and suddenly homeschooling and access to educational and digital support became paramount.  The bank loan has helped us ensure supplier relationships are maintained enabling us to acquire 2,500 Chromebooks which has allowed children across South Wales to continue their education at home.  I think it’s important during this difficult time to make sure our whole supply chain stay on their feet.  As well as investing, it means we will all be better placed for when the time comes to re-boot our business after the crisis.

Our Relationship Director at Barclays, Jason Llewellyn, really buys into what we are trying to achieve.  I feel that his understanding and sincere interest in our business made all the difference when we needed this support.  If you don’t have a bank manager that gets close to what you do, your chances of getting stuff done quickly are jeopardised.

The Government backed CBILS loan, was all agreed and drawn down very quickly and with no interest or capital repayments for over 12 months gives us confidence in coming out the other side. The loan is critical in getting us through this period which like most businesses, put enormous strain on our cashflow.  Not a single person on our team has been made redundant. The impact of this pandemic will be felt for years to come by our business because the debt has to be repaid, but hopefully, when this is over, people will go out and support British business as a whole, to help get everybody back on their feet.”.

Jason Llewellyn, Barclays Relationship Director said;

“The owners have worked hard to develop a strong business and motivated management team. Their growing success is reflected by their popularity and positive reviews. They are already a Google Cloud Partner, Google GSuite for Education Partner and Chrome for Education Partner which has allowed them to meet the demand for home IT support so quickly. Myself and the team have spent time getting to know the business, and when the group was impacted, our understanding of the business and our relationship with its owners made a huge difference. The new facility will secure jobs within the local community and provide vital liquidity to the business.”

Barclays is offering a range of measures to support business customers through this difficult period including waiving everyday charges, and fees for all business customers with a turnover below £250,000, capital repayment holidays and new overdraft facilities. For further information please visit barclays.co.uk/business-banking/coronavirus/ or barclayscorporate.com/covid-19/