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Nexus celebrates milestone 20th anniversary with 20 days of giving back to the community

By Gary Taylor

This November Nexus Open Systems Ltd is delighted to celebrate its 20th anniversary as a national IT solutions and service provider. Nexus was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing expert IT solutions and services for business across the South West.

To mark the occasion, Nexus will be hosting 20 events to give back to the local community who has supported their growth over the years, kicking off with an IT hardware donation at St. Peters School in Budleigh on Friday 12th October.

Over the past 20 years there have been many changes in how we work and communicate, with the relentless and increasing pace of innovations across such a wide variety of technology subjects. Enterprise technology is becoming ever more sophisticated, ensuring that the IT landscape is a very dynamic one.

Part of Nexus? success in the past two decades is undoubtedly its ability to evolve with the changing digital landscape, remaining at the forefront of the latest trends and empowering businesses with more efficient IT solutions. From cutting-edge Managed Services to training courses and cloud-based services, Nexus enable businesses to maximise their effective use of technology.

Now in 2018 the company, which operates from Exeter, counts over 1000 clients locally and nationally across a range of sectors including the public sector, education, professional services and local and central government.

The Nexus team includes over 50 experienced technicians and skilled sales personnel to service its impressive growing client base. Some of their local customers include renowned organisations and institutions from the Met Office to the University of Exeter, Flybe and Devon and Cornwall Police.

This year Nexus also celebrated its acceptance on G-Cloud 10, marking the fifth year running since Nexus was first certified as a Government supplier for cloud solutions and services. Such accreditation is a testament to the company?s extensive experience and national reputation as an IT provider.

By way of thanks to the local South West community who has supported Nexus, the team is celebrating with a variety of volunteering and fundraising events, donation days and clean-up events throughout October and November*. Amongst breakfasts and beach clean-ups, the team will be donating IT hardware, training vouchers, books, toys, food, and volunteering work to local schools, hospices and charities.

As Nexus look ahead to 2019 the company is excited for further growth and expansion with new hires and further clients wins across the UK.

Stuart Wilson, Managing Director of Nexus, said: ?We are very proud to celebrate this milestone. During these last 20 years, our undying passion for technology, the skills of our people and our culture of continuous improvement have been the force behind our constant efforts to invest heavily in new capabilities and innovations for our clients.

?Our ambition is to continue to follow this path and, through exceptional technical and commercial expertise, build closer, long-lasting relationships with our clients and strengthen our position as IT Experts, supporting our aspiration to be one of the most trusted IT solution providers in the UK. We?re excited to be giving back to the local Devon community who?ve helped us grow into the business we are today?. Concluded Wilson.


Day 1 – St peter’s primary academy budleigh salterton

St Peter's Primary Academy Budleigh Salterton

Today we braved the weather and donated a free laptop to St Peter?s C of E Primary School in Budleigh Salterton. Thank you to the staff and students for being so accommodating.

Day 2 – Balloons Charity Exeter

Balloons Charity Exeter

We visited the amazing team at Balloons (Bereavement And Loss LOoking ONwardS). The Exeter based charity provides support for children, young people and their families before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives. They work across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, providing a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment, activity days for children and family events.

Day 3 – Oxfam Totnes

Staff Book Donation to Oxfam Totnes

Thanks to all the team at Nexus who donated a large number of books destined for Oxfam Totnes.

Day 4 – Ferne Animal Sanctuary Chard

Ferne Animal Sanctury

Harry and Laura from our technical assurance team spent the day volunteering at Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard. Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a charity which rescues and re-homes animals of all shapes and sizes from across the county and beyond.

Day 5 – CITY Community Trust #THECHALLENGE

The Bear Trail

We had an amazing afternoon of team building and messy activity at the Bear Trail in Cullompton. We entered two teams into #THECHALLENGE organised by City Community Trust, with proceeds helping to fund events like Disability Football, City Fit Club, Sporting Memories Club, Walking Football and many more.

Day 6 – Dawlish Warren Beach Clean

Dawlish Warren Beach Clean

Great morning out and about on the beach at Dawlish Warren. We successfully collected eight full sacks of litter from the beach and surrounding dunes. Large quantities of plastic and hazardous needles in public areas. We?re looking forward to returning in November to do It all again.

Day 7 – Bramble Ward Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Bramble Ward Donation

Many thanks to the amazing staff in Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital who warmly welcomed us and accepted our donations of portable DVD players, computer games, toys and puzzles. Bramble children’s ward has 45 beds and cares for children between the ages of 0-16 years.

Day 8 – Rowcroft Hospice

Rowcroft Donation

Great work from the team at Nexus who donated clothes, toys and books for Rowcroft Hospice. Rowcroft are based in Torquay, offering expert care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, and training opportunities for health professionals.

Day 9 – 20 Miles for 20 Years

20 miles for 20 years

Well done to Nexus team members Dave, Harry, Laura and Michael for completing a 20 mile walk from Sidmouth to our Exeter office today. The walk forms part of our 20 days of giving back to celebrate being in business for 20 years. They completed the walk in 6 hours 18 minutes and raised an amazing ?550 for The British Heart Foundation. Well done team, see you in work tomorrow blisters and all.

Day 10 – Volunteering at St Petrock?s

St Petrock's

Team members John and Julian spent the morning helping organise the harvest festival donations at St Petrock?s centre in Exeter. They provide a range of emergency, support and housing services to help people re-build their lives and make the transition to independent living.

Day 12 – Woodbury Common Clean

Woodbury Common Clean

Great if not chilly morning out and about cleaning on Woodbury Common. We successfully collected four large sacks of rubbish.

Day 13 – Cranbrook Country Park Clean

Cranbrook Country Park

Soggy morning for Nexus team members who volunteered to help clean Cranbrook Country Park.

Day 14 – Cats Protection Exeter

Cats Protection Exeter

Accounts and Technical team members Lynne and Matt spent the day volunteering at Cats Protection Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre. The centre is dedicated to finding good homes for cats in need as well as supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats and improving people?s understanding of cats and their care.

Day 15 – PRINCE2 Training course giveaway

Day 16 – Exeter Foodbank Donation

Exeter Food Bank Donaton

Today we started the final week of our 20 days of giving back by visiting Exeter Foodbank. Nexus team members donated just over 146kg of essential food and toiletries to this vital service. Exeter Foodbank provides three days? nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.

Day 17 – Westcliff Primary Acadamy Dawlish

Westcliff Primary School

Many thanks for the warm reception from staff & children at Westcliff Primary Academy Dawlish who accepted the donation of a new laptop for students.

Day 18 – Rowcroft Hospice

Rowcroft Hospice

A huge thank you to the amazing team at Rowcroft Hospice Torquay who took our donation of portable DVD players. Rowcroft are based in Torquay, offering expert care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, and training opportunities for health professionals.

Day 19 – FORCE Cancer Charity

FORCE Cancer Charity

Approaching the final days of our 20 days of giving back we visited FORCE Cancer Charity in Exeter donating a laptop for staff outreach workers. FORCE Cancer Charity believe that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional, face-to-face support close to home. Since 1987 they have been funding local research and buying equipment to improve patient care.