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Our Vision

"A Great place to work, a Great place to be a Customer"

"A Great Place to work..."

Proud to celebrate over 15 years in the 100 Best Companies to Work For

We’re passionate about our unique team spirit and we own our vision, culture, and values. Every day, we encourage, motivate, and support each other to maintain a friendly positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and cared for.

Inspire. Focus. Motivate. Guide

Our Blueprint for Success

Our Blueprint sets out the reasons why we want to grow, our vision for the future, the areas we want to focus on and the importance we attach to our culture and values. All our people use it every day and at every opportunity; with suppliers, customers and in recruitment.

It helps us explain who we are, and we use it to make sure we remain true to our values. Every Chess person uses the Blueprint to challenge the business and our leaders, if they feel we are not living up to our beliefs.

Meet our Team

Founder & Executive Chairman

David Pollock

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Dracup

Group Sales Director

Warren Pryer

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Lightfoot

Customer Service Director

Emma Stott


Richard Btesh

Sales Director

Oliver Lofthouse

Commercial Director

Andy O'Connor

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Our Promise to You

At Chess we follow the values in our blueprint to help maintain a friendly, positive and safe place to work. We want to make sure that Chess is truly ‘a great place to be a customer’, and that’s why we’re passionate about our promise to you.

Our Vendor Partners

Our growth motivates our people

Our History

We are passionate about our unique team spirit. As one team, together, we own and nurture our vision, culture, values and customers. 

As proud as we are of our past success, we are excited by our future plans.


CyberLab established

Chess announced the acquisition of the highly accredited cyber security-as-a-service (CSaaS) provider CyberLab.

Chess Cyber Security serves over 1000 of the UK blue-chip enterprise businesses, government departments, and household names.
With this recent acquisition, Chess becomes a one-stop cyber security advisor - from testing, assessment, discovery to consultancy, delivery and hardening. The Chess team is equipped with the right technology, knowledge and expertise to help businesses of all sizes, including large public sector organisations


No 1 in the Northwest Best Companies to Work For

Chess does it again! Best Companies Results 2023
#1 in The Northwest
#2 in the National Large Business Category
#3 in the Technology Sector

Chess Executive Chairman and Founder David Pollock said:

"Our vision is to build a business we can be proud of as stated in our Blueprint. Easy to say, much harder to deliver. It's something that takes hard work, determination, bravery, constant change, evolution, positive attitude, loads of energy, belief, desire and above all, passion.Chess is a great place to work because of our great people and we work together as one team to make Chess a great place to be a customer. I'm so proud of our people and their commitment. I want to thank all our customers, partners and people for their support."


Callagenix Acquisition

Chess announced the acquisition of Callagenix, a telephony solutions provider.

Callagenix has been delivering telephony solutions to businesses for more than 20 years. Callegenix is an Ofcom registered SS7 carrier with its own range of UK local and non-geographic number blocks, 


Chess is 8th in the Top 100 UK Best Companies to Work For 2022

Chess has been in the top 100 for 14 years and top 15 for the last 7 years, having placed #1 in 2018 and in the top 3 for four years. In 2022, we also received the highest accolade 'world-class to work for' 3-star accreditation rating and placed #5 in the Technology sector awards.

Chess Executive Chairman and Founder David Pollock said:

"Our Chess Blueprint vision is to build a business we can be proud of. Easy to say, much harder to deliver. It's something that takes hard work, determination, bravery, constant change, evolution, positive attitude, loads of energy, belief, desire and above all, passion. Chess is a great place to work because of our great people. Everyone wants to work for a great company but it's those people working together as one team who make it great. I'm so proud of our people and their commitment to our culture. They are as passionate about making Chess a great place to work as they are passionate that we are a great place to be a customer. We thank all our customers, partners and employees for their support."

Chess Acquire The UK’s Best Number Company


TTNC Acquisition

Chess acquire TTNC - The Telephone Number Company to kick off their ambitious growth plans in 2022

Leading technology provider Chess announce the acquisition of TTNC - The Telephone Number Company, ranked as the number one telecommunications service provider on Trustpilot with over 600 reviews.

TTNC is a provider of end-to-end communication solutions, boasting the UK's most comprehensive range of telephone numbers. Their services also include call management packages, cloud numbers, Voice over IP Services, SIP Trunks, Call Tracking and bespoke telephone answering services.


Armadillo Acquisition

Chess acquires Armadillo enhancing their Cybersecurity capabilities with 15 of the UK’s top Penetration Test experts

Armadillo are a CREST approved Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessment and a STAR and GBEST Attack Simulation testing company, accredited by the NCSC as a green light company authorised to perform CHECK ITHC assessments for government departments.

Chess‘ product portfolio includes security, managed and professional services. The Armadillo addition will enhance their pen testing capability, with security now representing over 20% of the group sales.

Chess is 8th in the Top 100 UK Best Companies to Work For 2022


Officially #1

‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK’, following nine consecutive years in the list, having come 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2016 and 2017. Chess’ Founder and CEO, David Pollock, also wins the award of being named ‘Best Leader’ for the Second Year Running.

“I'm so proud that we've finally made it to first place. I was also thrilled to be named 'Best Leader' for the second year in a row, an award for all our great leaders at Chess. We couldn't achieve half of what we do without the support of our people, our loyal customers, our partners and our suppliers. We are passionate about making Chess not only a great place to work but also a great place to be a customer.

“It is this total commitment by our people that makes us the Best Company to Work for in the UK and I couldn’t be more proud. A great start to 2018 and a great way to celebrate our 25th year in business.”

- David Pollock, CEO and Founder


Foursys Acquisition

Expanding our business into the cybersecurity market we welcomed multi-award-winning cybersecurity provider Foursys.

Named a Top UK Education Partner for Sophos, the Foursys’ team of experts service customers across the UK and have 20 years’ experience delivering cybersecurity consultancy to public sector, SMB, corporate, and enterprise organisations.

“Cybersecurity is of upmost importance for any modern business. Foursys share our passion for delivering technological advantage and, importantly, this acquisition enhances our security offering to our customers. Together with their expertise, we have the talent and technology needed to deliver truly integrated solutions across enterprise, mobile and cloud environments.”

- David Pollock, CEO and Founder


Lanway Acquisition

In a move to strengthen our ICT proposition Chess acquired Lanway. Lanway provided a full range of hosted and cloud solutions, ICT product supply and installation, storage, managed services, networking infrastructure, data security, professional services, business continuity, unified communications and systems management.

 This acquisition took Chess people to over 550, maximizing the talent, knowledge, experience and skill set within the business and strengthening our ICT, network and mobile capabilities.


2nd in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For

Chess marked its seventh consecutive year in the list by rising from 3rd place in 2015 to 2nd place in 2016.

“Everyone at Chess is committed to building an energetic, hard-working, fun and exciting place to work that attracts, retains and inspires people to give their best. It is this total commitment by our people to Chess Culture that makes us one of the Best Companies to Work for in the UK and “a great place to be a customer” As it says in our blueprint for success, as proud as we are of our past achievements we’re excited by the future…. A great start to 2016.”

- David Pollock, CEO and Founder


IRW Acquisition

Continuing our buy-and-build growth strategy, we acquired leading Scottish Microsoft Partner and specialists in bespoke software design, development and support, IRW Systems. This resulted in the formation of Chess Digital and allowed us to be uniquely positioned to deliver a range of consulting and software services to our existing and new customers and partners.

This foundation is essential for enabling the next wave of technological change for customers focusing on the transition to cloud-based technologies and applications.


Avenir Telecom Acquisition

With the formation of Chess Partner Services, we purchased the UK airtime division of Avenir Telecom Group. With their excellent reputation across the industry, this offered a real opportunity for partner and mobile growth, adding knowledge and expertise to our business.


BSI Environmental Standard

“To play our part in the wider community by minimising our impact on the environment.” – Our Blueprint for Success

In 2010 we decided to take our commitment to supporting our community and the environment to the next level by acquiring a BSI Environmental Standard. This accreditation is given to companies that want to manage their environmental responsibilities and make their day-to-day operations more sustainable.


The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

Reflecting our outstanding growth, Chess is featured in The Sunday Times Fast Track list for the first time. The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years.


100 People and the First Blueprint

After 12 years of growing and acquiring companies that buy into our ethos, we decided that if we carried on expanding, we wanted to make sure we protected all that we wanted to be as a business. We needed a plan.

For six months, we worked with a business growth consultant. During that period, we took the business on a journey to establish who we were and who we wanted to be. We talked to everyone, ran workshops, did surveys and took absolutely everything on board. What came out of that was our first Our Blueprint for Success.


Investors in People

Investing in People for over 20 years. Culture, opportunity and leadership — these standards epitomise Chess and in 1995 the foundation was laid when we received the Investors in People accreditation.


Chess Born

Born in 1993, Chess is the invention of CEO, David Pollock. He’s so passionate about Chess that he christened the business after his first two children, Charlie and Jess.

Originally a utilities reseller, Chess started out in water, then moved into gas, then electricity. In the late nineties, with deregulation in the industry, we started focusing on telecoms, purchasing fixed-line, mobile and broadband telecoms products from operators such as BT and Cable & Wireless, reselling to 10,000 small and medium-sized businesses, including Sale Sharks rugby club and Bargain Booze.