Gateshead’s SOS Group Ltd is leading the field in an exciting summer of world class sport in Britain.
The digital office equipment company has been working with British Swimming at the British Summer Championships at Ponds Ford in Sheffield and is currently providing services at the IAAF World Championships in London, as well as the Special Olympics GB National Games, also in Sheffield.
Last month the business, which kits out companies with everything from printers and copiers to document management solutions and support services, provided services at the World Para Athletics Championships in London – and there are still more high profile athletics competitions ahead this year.
SOS Group, which employs 20 staff and is based on the Team Valley, said it has been equally at home providing digital office equipment to standard businesses and within the highly-charged atmosphere of top sporting competitions.
Andrew Skelton, director at SOS Group, said: “We’re proud of the service we were able to provide British Swimming. It’s a privilege being involved, in even a small way, with a dramatic competition like the British Summer Championships.
“Every client has their own individual needs and it’s vitally important we build strong relationships to ensure we’re providing the right print, copy, scan, telecommunications and IT services for every business situation.
“Working remotely at events brings its own set of challenges and requires very detailed preparation.
“It’s a great responsibly ensuring effective delivery while working to very tight deadlines and ensuring our equipment performs in extreme pressure situations, and with users who are under great pressure themselves.”
This week, at the Athletics World Championships (the IAAF World Championships), SOS has deployed 110 devices for use in the Olympic Stadium, the ExCel London, medical suites, athlete testing stations and almost 30 hotels.
These are being used to print everything from notes for the IAAF Council, press handouts, maps and timetables, to scripts for major broadcasters.
At the Olympic Stadium, SOS is ensuring delivery of competition essentials, including press handouts and results from the previous day, which can mean printing as many as 3,000 items per day when an item can mean anything from a single sheet to a 50 page document.
Mr Skelton added: “In London, we are providing on site and remote support between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week. And we have a local business centre as our support hub to house consumables parts and spares so we are within 10 minutes of the stadium to affect our back up plan, if required.
Source : Chroniclelive