From SKA to Hurrah; a celebration of 25 Years in Business
Four years ago, Pete Jacobs from Active Communications, Coventry, was quoted as saying ‘I’m looking forward to our next milestone of twenty five years, then I can say did we really achieve all that?’
Pete Jacobs and Martin Gardner have now hit that next milestone of twenty five years in business. Judging by the turnout at their celebratory event in August at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, the answer would seem to be a resounding yes!
A dedication to customer service meant that many of the guests weren’t just customers; long standing friendships have been borne from the perseverance of customer care and quality delivery.
Also in attendance was Councillor Hazel Noonan, the Lord Mayor of Coventry, known as a keen supporter of local business.
Pete and Martin’s story goes back to well beyond the quarter century celebration, actually forming their relationship as part of the early 2-Tone music movement, another success story from the City of Coventry, although as no doubt Pete would agree, it seems that network cabling has been the more successful part of their careers.
In today’s language, they would be classed as ‘Entrepreneurs’; seeing an opportunity to take control of their own destiny and with a loan from their parents, they started a video film hire business.
Business was good, but their entrepreneurial spirit meant that they looked toward the future; what opportunities were there for expansion?
A chance meeting would see both Pete and Martin training to install commercial telephone systems; this in turn led them to setting up Active Communications in 1989.
Twenty five years in business is a testament in its own right, but seeing through at least two major recessions in that time gives further evidence of the quality of service and product that they deliver.
With many businesses now having to compete virtually but with real world reviews, competition is tougher than ever, something that hasn’t escaped Pete or Martin.
Keeping up with technology is a key part to their business success; as technology changes, so do the requirements and options of their customers. Active Communications now offer a bespoke installation service for network cabling infrastructure, telecommunications, Mobotix high-resolution IP CCTV cameras and door access control systems.
They readily admit that they wouldn’t have got this far without their loyal customer support and commitment from their suppliers, allied to their equally committed and highly trained staff; they have a well-deserved reputation that is the envy of their peers.
In the words of the Lord Mayor, let’s hope that Active Communications keep ‘active’ for many years to come.
Merging of the new Active Communications website with their online IP Camera Shop.
In 2012 Active Communications launched their online IP Camera Shop selling Mobotix Cameras, Camera Lenses and Camera Accessories.
This year Active Communications Ltd are celebrating 21 years of providing high quality computer and network cabling services.
The Coventry based company works closely with its customers to provide them with economical, reliable and customised solutions that can dramatically increase efficiency and productivity.
Active Communications was formed in 1989 by Directors Peter Jacobs and Martin Gardner and has since developed a strong customer base, providing services to small/medium enterprises and large multinational companies.
The installations that Active Communications Ltd carries out all have varying requirements and demonstrate the company's flexibility and ability to provide a top class service whether working within an office environment while minimising the disruption to routine, or on a building site where installation must dovetail to the schedules of other contractors.
Over the last six years Active Communications Ltd have increased its potential market opportunities by providing IP (internet protocol) based equipment that will operate on an existing data cabling network. To name but a few, this includes Mobotix IP CCTV door access & proximity control and telephone systems that compliments their existing services of wireless and data cabling services.
We are now in a position to be able to provide a customer with a complete solution from one local source. The integration of the Mobotix IP CCTV and door access control systems into our catalogue of services has proved a great success and is growing at such a rate it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the latest technology explains Peter Jacobs.
Active Communications Ltd pride themselves on providing an excellent quality of service with its engineers achieving many certifications and accreditations for all the areas of work that we provide and as a company in 2007 achieved the Accredit UK quality mark for data cabling design and installation as well as being members of many trade associations including UKITA (UK Information Technology Association).
Due to the current economic climate, as with many companies, this year has been difficult. We are still alive and kicking and have managed to do this with the support of our existing customers who still use us because of the service we have given them over the years. Some customers have been with us for over 15 years so we must be doing something right. Now I'm just looking forward to our next milestone of 25 years when I can turn around and say "did we really achieve all that?" said Pete Jacobs.