New recruit for growing cloud tech specialist

James Hartley

Yorkshire-headquartered technology specialist Vapour Cloud has recruited James Hartley as a key account manager, as the company prepares for 30% growth by the end of 2020.

As a university graduate, James first entered the industry as a telemarketer with Virgin Media Business. Eighteen months in, he progressed to corporate account management and subsequently a business development position, before moving to Gamma to become a data specialist.

The transition to Vapour represents a newly-created role which reflects the increasing number of partners coming on board with the firm. The team expansion also follows hot on the heels of Vapour launching its new subscription-based cloud communications offering – centred around Avaya technologies – which came at the start of summer.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “When I started out in my career, I felt that the most exciting job prospects came from working in large companies with robust training programmes.”

“I know I’ve learned a lot during my time with such organisations,” he continued. “However, fast forward to what I now look for in a role, and it’s clear that some of the most significant opportunities lie in smaller, ambitious and more agile firms.

“Vapour has gone from being a bold new entrant in the market, only a few years ago, to a key brand known for disrupting the space. The team is not afraid to punch above its weight and neither am I. I’m excited about the impact I can have here.”

Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer added: “We’re now working with partners and their customers the length and breadth of the UK. It’s therefore crucial that we continue to bolster our team, as we grow, so that we can respond to enquiries quickly, and deliver solutions with the level of quality and speed that fast-paced organisations really need – not least in the current climate.

“James is an experienced, enthusiastic and personable colleague who fits in with the people-led culture within our organisation. He can speak the lingo and look beyond the obvious, but won’t promise anything we can’t deliver either. This straight-talking integrity is important in our world.”

Established in 2013, Vapour Cloud delivers secure voice, video, networks and cloud infrastructures, to customers ranging from ambitious start-ups and SMEs through to household brands such as JCT600 and Betfred. The company’s solutions – powered by Vapour’s £2m MPLS networks – are designed to strengthen clients’ data security, while enabling greater business continuity, flexibility, productivity and growth potential.