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Our objective is to help you achieve yours

At ACS, our passion for helping other businesses succeed drives who we are, and what we do. We strive to help businesses perform at their best with a combination of tailored IT solutions and workplace innovation through the latest office furniture and interior design. 

At the core of our business, you will find a family of people that share the same goals and combine one another's expertise to design the best solutions for you. 

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ACSBorn

1995
13 Mar

ACS was born

John Harley and Jon Thorpe started ACS Systems UK Ltd from a terraced house on Birchfield road east, Northampton. O’Riordan Bond and Kettering General Hospital became our first customers and still are 21 years later.

FishnChips

1997
30 Apr

£1 Million turnover

Within the first two years we doubled our turnover to £1 million. In other news the Friday fish and chip club began, sadly the tradition retired 3 years later due to £100+ chip shop bills.

Floods

1998
14 Jan

ACS to the rescue

Floods in Northampton left local businesses struggling. We built temporary offices to help those of our customers that suffered.

1stVan

1999
23 Sep

ACS on the road

We got our first ACS van! It was a shame that our Workplace Director, Gordon decided to fill it with the wrong fuel on the first day!

ACSHouse

2000
19 Feb

Relocation, Relocation

We moved our team out of the terraced house and into our current head office, which is affectionately known as ACS House. 3 students that helped with the move later returned to work for us.

Rebrand

2001
28 Apr

Lets have a re-brand

We re-branded as ACS office solutions. With recently new offices and a growing team, the business was doing very well. 

BBQ

2002
24 Aug

BBQ Season

We started the family BBQ tradition, which still takes place every year in the garden of ACS house.

ISO

2004
30 Apr

Another Milestone

Another milestone was reached as we hit £10 million turnover. We received our ISO90001 status in the same year.

10Years

2005
13 Mar

10 years old!

We celebrated 10 years of business in style with an open day at ACS house and a black tie gala dinner for employees, partners and customers.

Growing

2006
17 Jul

Recognition

We were recognised as one of the fastest growing IT companies in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

RFU

2007
28 Sep

Sponsors

We were proud sponsors of the England V France Under 21 Rugby International fixture.

JTMarathon

2009
13 Apr

Jon Thorpe...a.k.a Rambo!

Joint Managing Director Jon Thorpe climbs Kilimanjaro and runs the London Marathon, raising a substantial amount for Cynthia Spencer and Bury hospices.

Award2

2010
17 Nov

Outstanding Performance

We were proud to be recognised as outstanding in the Sunday Times Top 100 best companies to work for. A lovely way to celebrate our 15th birthday!

Recruitment

2011
20 Apr

New Ventures

We had the pleasure of setting up ACS Recruitment with Hellie Baxter. The company is experiencing fantastic growth and continues to help the local unemployment figures.

SOff

2013
23 Feb

Acquisition

We acquired local training company Starting Off, recent winners of the Long Standing Business award at the Northamptonshire business excellence awards.

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2014
15 Jul

Adventure is out there!

A team of 10 take on the three highest peaks in the United Kingdom on the 3 Peaks challenge! 

IntCouncil

2014
18 Oct

Welcome to the council

Joint Managing Director John Harley was selected by the British Chamber of Commerce to sit on their newly formed international Trade Council. Go John!

3Peaks2

2015
11 Sep

Another ACS 3 Peaks Challenge

The ACS mountain goats set off again for another 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for The Stroke Association and Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Read about all of the adventurous action our blog here... 

acs awards

2015
07 Nov

Celebrating 20 years of business!

On Saturday 7th November, Hanger One at Sywell Aerodrome became home for the evening to over 100 ACS group employees, partners, and some of the companies longest serving business partners. All in order to celebrate 20 years of successful business! 

Read all about the evening here... 

CurrentPic

2016
01 Jan

The Current Picture

After celebrating turning 20 years young last year, we are now in 2016! We are doing business both nationally and internationally and we are looking forward to 20 more successful years working with businesses just like yours.

Cheers!

acsgames

2016
13 Jul

Northamptonshire Business Games

On the 13th July the annual Northamptonshire Business Games were held at Moulton College, and for the first time, we decided to enter not one, but two ACS teams! 

Find out how the evening unfolded here...

Meet the team

John Harley
Joint Managing Director

Jon Thorpe
Joint Managing Director

Gordon

Gordon Howe
Workplace Director

KevinM

Kevin McAllister
Finance Director

Michael

Michael Harley
Sales Manager

kirsty

Kirsty McDonald
Shared Services Manager

danielw

Daniel Walker
Furniture Sales Manager

keith

Keith Bird
London Sales Manager

stephen

Stephen Harley
External Sales Manager

Taryn

Taryn Perrin
Service Delivery Manager

Marka

Mark Andrews
Head of IT Services

Grant

Grant Stewart
Distribution Manager

emily

Emily Carr
Telecoms Support Manager

Our Values

What our customers say...

FG

Floyd Graham

FG Solicitors, Owner

"ACS always take the time to understand our business needs. Their consultants are always on hand to provide advice and support on how to get the best from our system. The acs service team consistently over deliver and have demonstrated great technical knowledge with a genuine, friendly approach."

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Andrew Davidson

Alizonne Northampton Ltd

"ACS were vital in the opening of my first business premises and delivered a fantastic job. They advised me all the way through things i may have missed and were accommodating when I changed my mind without charging me for doing so. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to fit out premises. I will be using them again in the future, due to the high quality of work, expertise and customer care. Thank you ACS."

JamieWard

Jamie Ward

Master Abrasives, Finance Director

"ACS have been a fantastic IT partner for the last 3 years. The team are able to supply new hardware competitively, support our IT infrastructure and are always on hand to offer advice on new and existing projects we undertake. I would not hesitate to recommend ACS' services. I advocate them on their friendly, professional, and honest attitude to business."

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David Ward

Mila Hardware

"We can always depend on ACS engineers to supply and install hardware and services that are second-to-none."

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Tom Crowther

Belvoir Property Management (UK) Ltd

"Over the past few years I have build up a very good working relationship with my Account Manager and feel like he's an extension of my department."

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David Walton

British Geological Survey

"There is a definite "family business" feel whenever I call ACS. Dave Owen and his colleagues are always extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, you can tell from the background noises, often laughter, that it is a happy place to work. This reflects in the service I get from ACS. Well done.

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Graham Clarke

Transmon Engineering Ltd

"The relationship between ACS and Transmon Engineering Ltd has been A1 since our initial involvement. Extremely friendly staff, and a service that is second to none in our opinion."

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Val Scott

Altro Ltd

"I rang ACS at 16:45pm requesting an urgent delivery of 2 cat5 cables to be delivered to our office in dorset for the next day. Even though the cut off time is 16:00pm the cables were delivered promptly the next morning enabling the job to be completed on time."

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Keith Wilks

University of Wales, Newport

"I have been using acs for at least 10 years and have always found the staff extremely helpful. I continue to use them because they are a company that I can trust to deliver the goods to me on time and on the rare occasion something is wrong then it is put right without any hassle. Very impressed with the professionalism and care from those working at ACS."

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Stuart Douthwaite

Burnham Park E-ACT Academy

"I have been dealing with ACS for over 5 years now, their service is excellent and they have always managed to keep their prices amongst the best available."

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Andrew Langley

Juniper Trading

"I have always found the service and professionalism of staff at ACS to be extremely good. The products are delivered on time and are competitively priced."

PHM

Ross Phipps

Phipps Henson McAllister

"ACS are our trusted partner for I.T. They are always willing to understand our needs and we rely on their expertise."

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Michelle Abrahall

Fuel Recruitment

"As an SME it’s vital that we’re not paying over the odds for our printer consumables – and ACS is by far the most competitively priced supplier in this area. Our orders are always processed promptly and the staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend them without hesitation."