About

15 years ago, we set out to achieve two things;

  • Create a great place to work
  • Deliver a great service to our partners

In the decades since, our mission has never changed.

When we started Advantex, we had no idea that technology would evolve at such pace. Back then, we were Cisco qualified infrastructure engineers delivering exceptional cabling services to our partners.

Over time, we began to realise that not all companies had the same attention to detail or the desire to deliver services to the same high standard that we did. Whilst we went out of our way to become ISO:9001/2000 accredited within our first year, many of our competitors left standards and accreditation behind. Many still do.

It didn’t take long for partners to recognise this and before we knew it, we were being asked to supply additional services too. It was from this partner-driven need that our journey into a single source integrator of IT, Communication & Security solutions truly began.

 

Our History

Sep
2001

Brothers Dave & Steve O'Connell were working for a data network company and decided to go it alone and start their own company.

Oct
2002

Advantex Network Solutions was formed as a limited liability company and Dave & Steve completed their Cisco CCNA course at Sunderland College.

Dec
2002

Advantex started trading with the two brothers carrying out all roles from marketing to finance……to emptying the bins.

Mar
2003

Advantex gained the coveted IS0 9001:2000 quality accreditation.

May
2004

Installed their first IP Surveillance solution for Cleveland Potash (now ICL) requiring IT Support staff to be employed.

Nov
2006

Driven by customer demand, Advantex started to branch into IT networks and support and quickly began partnering with schools and enterprises.

Oct
2008

Invested heavily in infrastructure and network development and started supplying direct Internet connectivity (including secure MPLS services).

Apr
2010

Started offering the Mitel IP Telecommunications portfolio of products to partners.

Feb
2014

The data centre offering was launched in Newcastle and Gateshead.