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Duncan Cardwell

From haulage fleet management and local government to charity bike rides and wildlife surveys, Proteo helps businesses save money and get better results through intelligent use of information technology. Their mantra is 'make work smarter'.

The business helps organisations work more intelligently, reduce carbon emissions and save money by implementing Cloud Computing, developing innovative mobile working applications and managing IT in the most challenging environments.

The first Amazon Solution Provider and Google Apps Reseller in the region, Proteo has recently invested significantly to develop a brand new proposition designed to drive major cost savings through smarter mobile working.

Their new Tough Touch, said in layman's terms to be a 'bomb proof iPad' for mobile working, has been designed to take on global players like Motorola and Psion and take Proteo into the export market.

'We already save haulage companies, fleet managers, local councils and other organisations across the UK millions of pounds,' said managing director Duncan Cardwell.

The business excels in the challenging IT environments that involve distributed people or assets, remote locations and high volumes of transactions.

'Proteo is an example of a business that has been able to innovate and evolve to keep ahead of changing markets and invest to exploit new opportunities,' said Mr Cardwell.

'We have completely transformed the business in the last three years from being 100pc focused on Microsoft to 'smarter working' and 'low carbon' solutions.

'The process has involved a large degree of risk due to the significant six figure investment required.

'Next year for us is all about growth with the Tough Touch being front and centre. We aim to increase revenues to in excess of £3m during 2012,' said Mr Cardwell.

Examples of client successes include enabling hauliers Jack Richards to manage its 185 strong fleet, helping Kent based logistics company Firmin save over 9pc on fuel costs, powering the website tracking Jeremy Goss's progress during his 'Back to Bayern' charity bicycle ride and helping Norfolk Wildlife Trust double their species sightings at their Big Biodiversity watch weekend by using handheld devices.

Location: Cringleford
Sector: Information Technology
Turnover: £1.8–£2m
Staff: 23
Website: www.proteo.co.uk
The business helps organisations work more intelligently, reduce carbon emissions and save money