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Technology and Business Consulting

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50% of Executives do not believe their organisation's leadership has a clear understanding of technology

Our experts will guide you to IT success

We’re seeing an accelerated digital transformation in organisations. Technology is often used as a key differentiator in saturated markets and as an efficiency drivers for further savings.

However, over two-thirds of all digital transformation initiatives fail. Companies waste resources and funding. While the CTO role is one of the most sought after positions, it’s no surprise that it’s also the role with the shortest tenure in organisations.

So how can you gear up for success? By finding a trusted partner to consult you on the best route to your project, tying it not only to your technology goals but also your business strategy.

Our expert team of consultants will guide you to ensure that your people can work better together, connect to your customers, without compromising your data, while meeting your budget.

Our consultants can help you with



No more sleepless nights, put cyber security at the heart of decision-making and protect your data, systems and business.


Become a cloud-native with our tried and tested formula for cloud and hybrid-cloud migrations.


Review your subscriptions and ensure you’re making the most of your Microsoft licences to drive growth.

Voice and Collaboration

Your communications are crucial, so help your people work better together and connect with your customers.


Accelerate your enterprise connectivity, improve performance and reduce your costs without compromising security with our WAN experts.


Most companies overpay on their business mobiles. Our team will help you find the best plan, devices, and security solution.

Adoption and Change Management

Your people are a crucial part of any digital project. Drive technology adoption for success through training.


Find out how you can optimise your finance solution and manage your accounts, customers and suppliers through Sage.

Martin Bacon

Talk to Martin about Unified Communications, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Direct Routing and Voice, Meeting Rooms, Modern Workplace, Hybrid and Remote Work

Working at Chess for 8 years, Martin started in IT in 1999 to help with the Millennium Bug as a junior engineer, progressed through to Senior Engineer working with Microsoft and Novell solutions. Martin has deep understanding of business requirements through his other roles such as Operations Director and Managing Director within the ICT arena and now heading up the Consultants Team at Chess. He’s passionate about our customer’s journeys to Cloud and Modern Workplace with a focus on Microsoft Teams and is a Microsoft TAP Program Lead.

Book your Consultation with Martin​

Colin Aitkenhead

Talk to Colin about Microsoft 365 Licencing, Cloud Adoption and Change Management, Cyber Security Awareness Training  

Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has been Microsoft qualified for almost 23 years. He is a Cloud evangelist especially in relation to Microsoft Teams and Teams Voice and believes that the human element is a vital part of the implementation of most IT projects. Colin helps organisations with the adoption and change management using a combination of his experience and formal training. Colin is a Microsoft Certified Trainer in Microsoft 365 Cloud Services.

Book your Consultation with Colin

Michael Smyth

Talk to Michael about SD-WAN, SASE, CISCO, Network Infrastructure and Enterprise Connectivity

Michael started in IT in 1997 as a Pre-Sales specialist for new and emerging technologies, progressed through to a Technical Architect working with emerging fibre solutions such as Wave Division Multiplexing and Metropolitan Area Networking. Michael has been working with Chess for 9 years in varying roles designing and building local area networks, wireless infrastructure and wide area networks. He specialises in Cisco Meraki Network Solutions, Cisco Meraki Wireless Solutions, Cisco Meraki Security Solutions, Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Solution and is a HPE Network Solutions Architect.

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Paul Gibbons

Talk to Paul about Microsoft Azure and Modern Workplace, Business Continuity and Legacy Systems, Managed Services and Outsourcing

Paul started his career in IT in 1987 and over the years has worked in various technical and leadership roles. He’s worked at some of the biggest names in the IT industry. Paul works closely with Chess’ vendors, including Microsoft, as well as our technical and support teams. He advises business leaders on their ICT strategy and can translate complicated technical projects into real-world examples and solutions.

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Adam Gleeson

Talk to Adam about Cyber Security Strategy, Posture Assessment and Security Product Portfolio and Vendors

Adam has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked for the UK Ministry of Defence for over 10 years. His system admin background allows him to put himself in our customers’ shoes and advise on the best cyber security strategy for their budget, helping them save resource and cash. Adam works closely with Chess’ cyber security vendors which ensures his product and service knowledge is always current.

Book your Consultation with Adam

Carla Mattingley​

Talk to Carla about Devices (Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Meeting Room Equipment, Accessories) and Fair Market Value Leasing

Carla has been working in IT since 2013. She provides advice on our catalogue of device solutions, creating personalised bundles for our customers. She will help you maximise your budget and advise on the different buying methods including Fair Market Value leasing, which can cover not only the device but also accessories and deployment within our configuration centre.

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Our Success Stories

Hugh Baird College

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Samba Sports

With its Sage50 software reaching its capability limits, Samba Sports looked to Chess for a new robust cloud system. 

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Useful Resources


SD-WAN: The Future of Your Network


Customer Service in a Hybrid World


Cloud Communications – Make the Right Choice