Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation and Excellence

23 Aug 2023

Over the past two decades, Academia has remained committed to providing IT services and products, empowering the Education, Public sectors and businesses alike to thrive in the digital age. Through dedication, hard work, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, the company has now established itself as a trusted partner for clients across various industries.

Mark McCormack, Managing Director at Academia said:
We are elated to mark this significant milestone in our journey. Our success wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of our talented team and the trust placed in us by our valued clients. As we look back on 20 years of accomplishments, we are even more excited about the future and the possibilities that lie ahead.”

The journey started in 2003 with a lunch and a burger in Enfield and a mission to help educational establishments purchase their IT software more efficiently and cost effectively with a financial goal to reach £10m in ten years. This was achieved in less than 6 years.

Fast-forward to 2009 where accelerated growth meant expanding the business to cater for the ever-growing IT needs of schools, colleges and universities, in line with the adoption of key vendors such as Apple, Adobe and Microsoft. Our ethos was simple, if we can provide great technology and make it work, it will change learning forever. So with this in mind, we developed and built our services and technical teams, to empower our customers to optimise their investment in technology to enable them to change the way they could teach. This has remained one of our key priorities. We have now expanded our footprint into the business sector so that global organisations large and small can take advantage of our offerings that’s seen 96% of UK universities relying on us to help with their IT year after year.

To demonstrate our commitment to this, Academia has garnered many accolades for its innovative in-house services, exceptional customer service and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Today, the company remains committed to driving positive change in the industry while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability and community involvement.

However, we couldn’t have done this without our people. We’ve had a few movers and changes over the years but employee number 1 is still with us, heading up our eCommerce division. We are now backed by over 220 talented employees who all contribute to our success, all of which embody our core values of Teamwork, Innovation, Integrity, Ambition and Customers.

Now owned by Strive Capital, Andrew Harman, CEO Strive Capital Said,

“Two decades of innovation, growth, and success – we proudly celebrate our 20th year anniversary. From our humble beginnings to becoming a leader in the industry, this journey has been a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our employees, partners, and clients who have been instrumental in our achievements. As we look to the future, we’re excited to continue pushing boundaries, embracing new technologies, and delivering excellence in the years to come.”

The next phase of our journey will surely be an exciting one as we continue on our growth trajectory. Watch this space!

To commemorate the 20th anniversary, Academia will be hosting a series of events, including client appreciation gatherings, knowledge-sharing webinars and charity initiatives as a way to give back to the community that has supported them throughout the years.

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