It’s safe to say that 2019 has been an eventful year for the MTeam, filled to the brim with charity events, award wins, some major business changes and some fantastic opportunities.
The year’s been simply a blast for us at Mirus. So what did we get up to?
In January, we discovered that Paul Tomlinson, the Chief Executive Officer of Mirus had made the CRN A List, recognised as one of the publication’s top channel executives. Paul kicked off a fantastic year for Mirus by sharing his thoughts over on the A-List page here. As you’ll discover, this wasn’t the last time we’d be recognised by CRN.
February saw us scoop the first of many awards this 2019, bagging the SME MK and Buckinghamshire Award for Business of the Year –and we were delighted to also receive the Runner-Up award for Service Excellence for good measure! Pippa Loveridge, our Head of Marketing, commented:
"This was a very well organised event, with some excellent entries, great presenters and host, along with lovely food. I’m incredibly proud of the MTeam who absolutely deserve this recognition in both categories, Business of the Year and Service Excellence."
But while February saw us basking in the glitz and glamour, March saw us donning the high-vis jackets and trudging through litter. Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, two groups of Mirus members took to the streets to make our local area cleaner for the Keep Britain Tidy charity.
Still, considering our time spent amid the litter and the dirt, we scrubbed up quite nicely the following month, as April saw us certified as a Webroot Master Platform Holder, our expert knowledge on the Webroot product library recognised by the platform holders themselves. We also teamed up with our good friends at ECG to create our first video case study – which you can watch here:
The partner projects continued into May, with our friends Fraser Dingwall and Dylan Hartley of the Northampton Saints dropping by the office for a friendly meet and greet. Several other Mirus clients made the journey to the office for the chance to catch up with the team and shoot the breeze with their Mirus cohorts. A fantastic time for partners old and new, we’re grateful that so many of our partners can provide these great opportunities!
The first Bank Holiday of the month saw us participating in the MK Marathon – not as participants, however, but as charity sponsors. On the day, Mirus members manned the stand for Harry’s Rainbow, an organisation dedicated to supporting bereaved children and their families, with others serving at water stand 9 for Milton Keynes mental health charity, Mind BLMK.
Having presumably been bitten by the marathon bug, a number of our more athletic team members begun their training for the Three Peaks Challenge, with 5 Mirus members trekking through Snowdonia’s Cadair Idris for a leg-numbing 7 hours. Unfortunately, work commitments meant Mirus weren’t able to complete all three peaks of the Challenge but – as you’ll soon see – that was far from our last trekking adventure this year.
Having hit the middle of the year with June, we were beginning to feel unstoppable - so what better way to keep the blood pumping than with the Milton Keynes Soapbox Derby? The 200m course through Midsummer Boulevard and Saxon Gate saw members of the MTeam and their families building and racing a Top Gun inspired race kart and ploughing downhill to victory, raising money for the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity. To top it all off, we crossed the finish line as this year’s overall Corporate Team Winners. Iain cutting the soapbox brakes probably had a lot to do with that.
That wasn’t all we won in June, however. Following a visit to San Diego’s DattoCon, Dan Sharp returned with the Datto Award for ‘Innovator of the Year’, recognising Mirus as a unique company offering best-in-class Datto support. That same week, we were recognised by the MSP501 as the UK’s 6th best Managed Service Provider!
These three wins were the perfect run up to our regular June treat, however: the yearly MirusFest celebration! Yep, while not all of us could make Reading, Download or Glastonbury this year, MirusFest gave the MTeam the full festival experience for the low, low price of nothing - and the toilet facilities were markedly better to boot. Inflatable sumo wrestling, Segway races, and the chance to ride a John Deere tractor – if you’re into that kind of thing – made for a fantastic festival, brought together by the musical stylings of The Mirus Allstars, our very own house band.
After a weekend of excess, we decided to end June giving a little back. A group of green-fingered Mirus volunteers visited the Milton Keynes Discovery Centre, helping to build a garden for its visitors. The team helped relay a path, clean up some shrubbery and add a coating of paint to a nearby outbuilding, keeping this historical sight a pristine and perfect venue for local community activities.
Not a lot happened in July – possibly thanks to the blistering heatwave that saw us drop the dress code for a couple of days – but August gave us plenty to talk about. We joined Prospective Risk and Content & Code to become part of the ITLab group of companies, providing us and our latest stablemates with some transformative new possibilities. Yet this acquisition won’t come at the cost of Mirus’s unique approach to customer satisfaction; we’ll be delivering the same service customers have come to expect from our many years in Managed IT. You can read the full press release here.
September seemed like a great opportunity to get to know more of our new business partners, so we teamed up with our friends at ITLab, Perspective Risk and Content & Code for some trekking and charity fundraising. Tackling a 30-mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall, we managed to raise £15,000 between our two chosen charities, Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Mind BLMK.
Our industry influence continued well into October. We discovered that the MSP 501’s sister awards, the European Partners 51, had ranked us as Europe’s 13th best MSP. And while we didn’t quite win the first-place position there, we did win the Swanbourne Endeavour; a wet, mud-spattered run through a 5k obstacle course, where 12 Mirus participants made it as the first team effort to cross the Elite course finish line!
As the nights fell shorter and the days grew colder, November nonetheless kept our spirits high - thanks to another fantastic award win at the CRN Channel Awards. Facing off against competition such as Assembly Managed Services, Cobweb and Riverlite, we emerged from a glamorous evening at the Battersea Park venue as winners of the SMB Reseller of the Year award!
It was barely two weeks since winning the prestigious award that we discovered we were finalists in another. As part of the SME MK and Buckinghamshire Business Awards, we're in the running for none other than their Business of the Year 2020! Having won the same title in February last year, we're hoping we can make it a double in 2020!
December ended the year, appropriately enough, with another award win. Mirus was recognised as one of the 50 best MSPs in Britain at TechnoPlanet's Best Managed IT Companies Awards. In that same week, we kept the award ball rolling when we became finalists in the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards, sitting among seven other hopefuls in the hopes of securing the Customer Service Award. Keep those fingers crossed for the 12th of March, when we'll finally find out who the winner is!
These two achievements make the perfect ending to 2019 and one we couldn’t be happier to celebrate!
Here's to 2020
It’s been a landmark year for the company, not least with the ITLab acquisition demonstrating just how valuable the Mirus name is.
After everything we’ve achieved this year, it’s not hard to see what gives us such an excellent reputation.
Roll on the New Year!