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Industry Information technology
Founder Peter Kelly
Headquarters United Kingdom
Number of locations
Revenue £500m (2014)
Number of employees
800 (2014)

Softcat is a Marlow-based IT reseller founded by Peter Kelly in 1993. Martin Hellawell is the CEO.[1] Colin Brown is the current managing director.[2] It has UK offices in Bristol, London, Manchester and Marlow. Softcat is a privately owned company.


Softcat was founded in 1993 in High Wycombe, under its original business name 'Software Catalogue'. Initially a mail order operation serving home and business customers, in 1996 it switched focus to the business-to-business market, and in 1998 changed its name to Softcat. In 2001 it became a Microsoft Large Account Reseller. In 2006 it moved its headquarters to Marlow, Buckinghamshire, opening a further three offices in Manchester, London[3] and Bristol [4] in 2009, 2011 and 2014 respectively. As of 2014, it has a client base of 8000 customers and a turnover of £500m.[5][6][7] In September 2014, it announced it would open an office in the northern city of Leeds, UK [8]

Workplace environment[edit]

Softcat currently employs 700 employees. Its offices have been described as 'quirky'[9] and are reported to have an unusual work culture.[10] In 2014 Softcat was ranked as the 2nd best workplace in the UK,[11] and the 6th in Europe,[12] by the Great Place to Work organisation.

Charitable Activities[edit]

Softcat has raised in excess of £700,000 for various charities since 2007, through both company-wide initiatives and individual efforts. Four of its staff ran the 2013 London Marathon, raising £11,000.[13] Softcat's 2014 May Ball raised £236,000 for Dreams Come True, the charity for terminally ill children.[14][15] In March 2013 it raised £37,000 for Comic Relief.[16][17]

Corporate Social Responsibility[edit]

Softcat has a 'Green Team' managed by chairman Martin Hellawell, which has implemented energy efficient sensor lighting, tea bag recycling and a car pool scheme. Employees use a fleet of energy efficient 'car pool' cars to attend meetings. Its activity was featured on a Channel 4 documentary covering green credentials of UK businesses.[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works • The Channel". Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Softcat eyes £500m sales as Brown opens up on first year at VAR - 30 Aug 2013 - CRN UK News". 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Softcat opens new London hub - 20 Aug 2013 - CRN UK News". 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
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  5. ^ "New customer wins propel Softcat into the £500m club". CRN. 2014-11-26. 
  6. ^ "Softcat hits £500m sales milestone". The Register. 2014-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Softcat breaks through £500m barrier". Megabuyte. 2014-11-26. 
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  9. ^ "CRN". 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Softcat does the Harlem Shake - 19 Mar 2013 - CRN UK News". 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Computer Reseller News". CRN. 
  12. ^ "Softcat ranked 6th best workplace in 19 countries - Geoconnexion". Geoconnexion. 
  13. ^ "Channel Pro". Channel Pro. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
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  16. ^ "Comic Relief". Comic Relief. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  17. ^ "Back to the 80s for Softcat in aid of Comic Relief - 14 Mar 2013 - CRN UK News". 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  18. ^ "Green & Environment Programmes on TV - Green from". Retrieved 2013-12-22.