Our history

 

As soon as he had finished school, Richard Gwilliam was keen to start work and, having discovered a natural aptitude for numbers, finance felt like a good fit. After applying to local companies, Richard was offered his first job in 1985 by an accountancy firm where he worked for three years, before moving into the insurance industry.

Whilst accounting and insurance gave Richard a strong grounding in business, his real passion was computers and electronics. He soon realised that the cables needed to connect computers to other equipment, such as printers, were not widely available, and, discovering a gap in the market, found the inspiration for his first business. Initially working from home, Richard began manufacturing cable assemblies and supplying components for telecoms and data networks. As demand for his services quickly grew, he soon had to move to his first commercial premises.

A computer business which developed software for the freight industry used Richard’s company to install their cabling and the directors were so impressed, they started recommending him to their customers. The company became a trusted partner and both parties worked together providing network services throughout the UK, particularly in London, Hampshire and Kent.

As a pioneer of what was to become a busy sector, Richard received more and more requests to supply and install network cabling and soon started installing other specialist networks to enable computers to communicate with each other.

In 1995, with a thriving business and strong reputation, Richard decided it was the right time to form a limited company and embark on a major review of his business with discussions concerning financial performance, business growth strategy and branding. Richard created ‘Easy Networks’ to not only accommodate the increasingly crucial and diverse roles computer networks and communications were playing in modern business, but also show that his company could ‘make a complicated subject easy for customers’.

Easy Networks Limited was incorporated on 22 November 1995 and received an overwhelmingly positive reception.

Richard continued to use the business model that first brought him success – working in partnership with IT companies to meet new customers and provide complimentary services. Networks were notoriously unreliable at the time, especially if installed by amateurs, so these partners were happy to introduce Easy Networks to new projects.

An example of one of the company’s early partnerships was with the education division of Southampton City Council, where Easy Networks installed the first network across over 80 primary and secondary schools. Other authorities who learned of the project’s success, soon engaged the company to provide services for schools, libraries, council offices and public sector organisations. easyNetworks is still a registered contractor for the supply of data cabling and wireless installations for many local authorities today.

Our timeline

1995

Easy Networks is founded as a Limited Company.

1996

One of the first companies to introduce mobile telephones into its services, working with handset manufacturers such as Nokia and Motorola, and airtime providers Orange.

1997

1997 Introduces first wireless network products (now known as WiFi) and launches first website, www.easy.co.uk. The company is turning over £250,000 pa and employs 6 members of staff.

1998

Easy Networks is working with customers across the UK, from London to Edinburgh.

1999

Accredited to supply, install and maintain Panasonic Telephone Systems. The company is turning over £700,000 pa and employs 8 members of staff.

2000

One of the first to introduce Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms platform.

2002

Achieves national quality assurance accreditation ISO9001 and employs 10 members of staff.

2003

Wins prestigious retail client – a department store in London – to install a telephone system with over 100 users which is still in use today. Product portfolio extended to include virtual services including; fixed lines, call routing, non-geographic numbers and broadband.

2004

Establishes partnership with BT Openreach to supply their telephone lines and services, and registers with OFCOM. The company is turning over £900,000 a year, employs 12 members of staff and relocates to premises on the Eastern Road in Portsmouth.

2005

Turnover hits £1 million and the teams has grown to 13 members of staff.

2010

Installs a ship-to-shore wireless system throughout the UK and in Europe for a leading passenger ferry organisation.

2012

Secures record order of £1.2 million.

2014

Gains Chas accreditation to demonstrate safe working practices with growing customer base in the construction industry.

2015

Installs full network and telecoms infrastructure upgrade for AFC Bournemouth to meet standards of the Premier League. A year later, Easy Networks provides the club with a cloud-based call centre, enabling ticket operation to be brought in-house and huge improvements to be made for fans’ experience. The company continues to support them today providing data networks, internet access, digital signage and telecoms, and mobiles.

2017

Successfully migrates to the new quality standard ISO9001:2015.

2018

Acquires ‘RPT Computer Installations Limited ‘a provider of computer networks in the heath sector, primarily hospitals and community care. Supports the government’s push for apprenticeships by providing opportunities for three new apprentices.

2019

Joins the ‘easy’ family of brands to become ‘easyNetworks’

Premier League Stadium Upgrade

AFC Bournemouth

"Our supporters are at the core of everything we do and we want them to have a great experience when they contact us. easyNetworks understood our challenges and provided a call centre with an extensive set of tools so we can understand trends which are invaluable for resource planning. Easy Networks certainly live up to their name and we would recommend them as a communications partner."

AFC Bournemouth case study

Network & Telecoms upgrade

Seward Group

"The support from the easy team is 11 out of 10 for me. How could I not recommend easyNetworks? Fantastic team of people, fantastic service, fantastic comms system, fantastic telephone system that does everything we want and more, I recommend anybody, if you want to look at a small, medium or large project, just pick up the phone and get in touch with the team at easy."

Seward group case study

Portsmouth Ferry Terminal

Brittany Ferries

"I would like to say a big thank you to your team for their work in the last two weeks, I know the conditions were dreadful on some days but they still worked through to meet our deadlines. Many thanks again to everyone involved."

Brittany Ferries Case Study

Telecoms Upgrade

LST Projects

"We had lost our faith in all telecoms companies. The easyNetworks approach was refreshing and they delivered exactly as they had promised. They have displayed reassuring expertise and an outstanding level of customer care. cloud Voice works beautifully across our two sites and is a great cost effective solution."

LST Telecoms upgrade

Office Relocation

Ty UK

"We trusted easyNetworks to look after all our network and telecoms when we relocated premises. They did a fantastic job and worked with us right through the transition and telecoms upgrade. Their commitment and support have been outstanding and we would recommend them."

easyNetworks relocate Ty UK

campus extension - bay house school

Lorne Stewart PLC

"I would like to pass on my appreciation for your service from initial quote to arranging labour and the general assistance of your operatives in completing their work. easyNetworks has left a very good lasting impression on me with this project and I will be passing this on to other PMs and engineers in my office."

Laying cable

Relocate to new HQ at Lasham Airfield

Atlas Helicopters

easyNetworks had supported their telecoms environment for many years at their Daedalus airfield HQ. Their telecoms needs were changing and they needed more agility to ensure they never missed important calls from their clients, and they decided to relocate their HQ nearer to London. Their relocation presented the perfect opportunity to upgrade their telephone system to a cloud based version before moving. Their new cloud pbx provides the Atlas team with great flexibility and enables agile working, ensuring they always receive that important call.

Atlas Helicopters relocation case study