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Rotherham IT company planning for worldwide expansion

New Rotherham business Challenge IT Solutions is planning for global expansion, with the help and support of RiDO's (Rotherham Investment & Development Office) Soft Landing Zone.

David Matthewman, who has run an IT business in Cyprus for six and a half years and has been a fully qualified Microsoft engineer for over 30 years, returned to the UK after the recession hit Cyprus and is targeting Germany andRussia as key growth markets for the business.

David Matthewman, managing director of Challenge IT Solutions, said: "It is very exciting to be back here in the UK offering IT solutions to both domestic clients and small businesses. I approached RiDO because I heard about the support the organisation offers to new businesses - their help has been hugely beneficial to me in these first few months in establishing my business in potentially high growth overseas markets."

Julia Millea, business development co-ordinator for RiDO has supported Challenge IT Solutions by providing language services for his website into German and Russian.

Julie Millea said: "We are delighted to be supporting David at this exciting time for his business. There is demand for cost effective IT services in Germany and Russia and we expect to see Challenge IT Solutions gain many new business opportunities in these countries. We are looking forward to providing the company with further support with overseas sales in the future."

Challenge IT Solutions already provides cost effective IT solutions to clients in the UK, Cyprus, New Zealand and Spain. This includes home computer remote support, small business IT support and cloud computing solutions.

David adds: "Over the next couple of months, I plan to relocate to new premises in the Rotherham area and to appoint a trainee IT engineer, creating new employment opportunities. RiDO has been a great help with any questions I have about running my business here in the UK and looking for export opportunities, as they're very knowledgeable in this area."

The Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project aims to assist Rotherham companies in accessing international markets and also helps foreign inward investors who choose to locate to RiDO's business centres. The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £842k investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe's support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.

For more details about the Soft Landing Zone project, which is run by RiDO, visit the website www.ridobusinesscentres.co.uk. For more details about Challenge IT Solutions visit the website www.challengeitsolutions.com.

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