16th December 2018

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Company History

VIP works closely with retail, reseller and system builder customers to understand their individual needs and strategic business focus: then offers a personalised service to fulfill these requirements.

A proactive team of pre-sales, sales and customer service representatives are on hand to recommend products and offer a bespoke service to its partners; many customers also trade online. The VIP website offers more than just ordering functionality, it allows customers to manage their account; use guided customer service and returns processes; conduct advanced searches; and use quick ordering tools.

Achievements

  • 2014

    • VIP Group acquires Nottingham-based Ergo Computing UK Limited
    • VIP UK wins PCR ‘PC Gaming & Hardware Distributor of the Year’ award
    • VIP Group ranks 146 in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table
  • 2013

    • VIP UK wins ‘PCR Components Distributor of the Year’ award
    • VIP Group establishes Viridian Reverse Logistics in Miami, USA
    • VIP UK hosts Evolution 2 in Manchester
  • 2012

    • VIP UK unveils 7200ft2 mezzanine floor in Warrington warehouse
    • VIP UK wins ‘PCR Components Distributor of the Year’ award
    • VIP UK hosts its first trade exhibition – ‘Evolution’ in Manchester
    • VIP Group ranks 225 in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table
    • VIP UK implement back-ordering process
    • VIP UK and Realtime Distribution merge
    • New 40,000ft2 warehouse facility opens at Warrington head office
  • 2011

    • VIP UK wins ‘PCR Distributor of the Year’ award
    • VIP Group ranks 223 in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table
    • VIP Group acquires CMS Computers
  • 2010

    • VIP UK celebrates 20 years of trading
  • 2009

    • VIP wins PC Retail Award for Sales Team: Home for second year running
    • VIP appointed AMD Master Distributor
  • 2008

    • VIP signs distribution deal with Silverstone
    • VIP wins PC Retail Award for Sales Team: Home
    • VIP ranked for third consecutive year in the 2008 The Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table at 232.
  • 2007

    • VIP ranked for second consecutive year in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table at 149.
  • 2006

    • VIP acquired Realtime Distibution, group turnover £200 million.
    • VIP appointed official partner of Acer notebooks.
    • VIP appointed sub distributor of Logitech.
    • VIP appointed distributor of Sapphire.
    • VIP rank 125 in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table.
    • VIP appointed official Microsoft OEM distributor.
  • 2005

    • VIP launch new corporate identity and appointed distributor for Mustek and Octigen.
    • VIP launched new online shop and XML services.
    • VIP won Computer Trade Shopper Distributor of the Year 2005 and Customer Service Award 2005
  • 2004

    • VIP awarded Computer Trade Shopper Distributor of the Year 2004.
    • VIP appointed distributor of Asus and Peak, group turnover £156 million.
  • 2003

    • VIP awarded Computer Trade Shopper Distributor of the Year 2003 and Best Distributor Website 2003.
    • VIP opened offices in Spain and Taiwan and appointed AMD Associate Distributor.
  • 2002

    • VIP relocated to 64,000 square foot distribution centre in Warrington, Cheshire.
    • Invested in Warehouse Management System
    • Group turnover £127 million.
  • 2001

    • Awarded Best Broadline distributor by the PC Association.
  • 2000

    • Increased warehouse capacity to 34,000 square foot.
    • Group turnover £120 million.
  • 1999

    • Opened office in Benelux.
    • Launched VIP Online Shop for UK.
    • Achieved group turnover £95 million.
  • 1997

    • Relocated to 28,000 square foot warehouse
    • Turnover £72 million.
  • 1995

    • 100% year on year growth achieved.
    • Turnover £37 million.
  • 1990

    • VIP Computers is established.
    • First year turnover £250,000.