Belfast-based IT services firm Equiniti ICS has been announced as Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year.

The annual awards celebrate the achievements of Microsoft partners with ground-breaking solutions built on Microsoft technology. 

Finalists and winners were selected from a group of nominations based on their commitment to customers, their solutions’, market impact and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.

Equiniti ICS was selected from 18 partners in Ireland and recognised at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC.   

Equiniti ICS won the award based on its proven commitment to hosting through a dedicated programme of engagement, investing heavily in our Microsoft partner relationship, employee training and cloud related technologies. Specific award criteria included:

•         Year on Year Revenues Growth of 27 per cent with Microsoft Business

•         Investment of time and people in Microsoft-led activities

•         Fully focused on delivering the complete Microsoft technology stack

Prior to winning the award, Equiniti held Microsoft Gold Partner status in the categories of Application Development and Collaboration and Content.

Nigel Farr, Director, Equiniti IT Services, said: “Receiving this award is fantastic news for the business, and receiving it at Microsoft’s biggest partner event, World Partner Conference, was a real highlight. Our customers benefit significantly from our cloud-based services and this award recognises the strong relationship we have built with Microsoft over the years and our commitment to Microsoft technologies to deliver bespoke solutions to complex requirements.”

Equiniti is a market leading business process services provider.  We support 1,600 of the UK’s leading businesses and public sector institutions, including around half of the FTSE 100.  Our core capabilities are centred around complex administration and payment solutions including money transmission, administration and customer interactions delivered by 2,700 employees in 23 UK office locations. 

We are leaders in share registration and pension services markets. We also have a strong presence in HR and employee benefits.  Equiniti are the private sector partner for the first mutual joint venture out of UK central government, MyCSP.