Wick Hill Wins ‘worldwide Distributor Of The Year’ Award From Watchguard

Woking, Surrey: 20th February 06 – VAD Wick Hill has been appointed worldwide distributor of the year by WatchGuard, on the tenth anniversary of the two companies working together to market WatchGuard’s innovative security solutions in the UK and Germany.

Wick Hill won the award against competition from WatchGuard’s other distributors and major resellers from all over the world including North America, South America, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “WatchGuard is a great product that has been successful through clearly targeting customers’ security requirements. It has evolved and adapted to users’ needs in the changing security landscape over the years.

Now it provides solutions which are function and performance upgradeable by licence key, so customers know they can keep on using the products within their current environment for many years to come. WatchGuard has the right formula.”

Kilpatrick also said: “Another major reason for WatchGuard’s success in the UK and Germany has been the commitment, skill and ability of our resellers in taking the product to customers and growing the market.” .

Nick Banks, WatchGuard sales director UK, Southern Europe, MEA, said: “This award to Wick Hill is a reflection of the great service they provide to the reseller community. They have an excellent sales team and offer a level of pre- and post-sales support that resellers are confident of using time after time. Wick Hill also provides a training facility offering in-depth training on the WatchGuard product range, both from a technical and sales perspective. Consequently, their WatchGuard resellers understand our products, sell them correctly and in some cases have been doing so for many years.

Wick Hill will be thirty years old this year and I hope they will still be selling our products in thirty years time. I can see them winning many more awards over the coming years”.

Matt Hawnt, sales director for reseller Sec-1, commented: “Wick Hill’s WatchGuard account team has been very responsive to our needs over the years. It’s been a true partnership. We’re kept up-to-date with the latest WatchGuard product news, developments and promotions from Wick Hill, and have worked together on various marketing campaigns. It makes a real difference working with a value added distributor whose main goal is to support us in every way possible to develop long-term business opportunities.”

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, VAD (value added distributor) Wick Hill specialises in secure infrastructure solutions. The company’s portfolio covers security, performance, access, services and management. Wick Hill sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, providing customer support, implementation, training and technical services.

About WatchGuard

WatchGuard provides network security. The company’s Firebox X family of upgradeable appliances delivers the performance, functionality and security strength to meet the needs of organisations of any size. WatchGuard’s Intelligent Layered Security protects against emerging threats and provides the platform to integrate additional services offered by the company. All WatchGuard products include a LiveSecurity Service subscription for vulnerability alerts, software updates, expert security instruction, as well as individualised and self-help customer care. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout Europe and Asia.

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