February 16, 2018
Sage CEO Circle winner’s trip! – Mexico
28th November- Nottingham HQ. You can imagine our excitement when we received a phone call from Sage to say we’d been confirmed as the winner of the ‘Sage CEO Circle’ award for ‘Subscription Sales Excellence’. This prestigious award recognises Solutions’ commitment to customer choice by extending our product portfolio to include a broad range of subscription (SaaS) options.
As this is a global award, we are one of only three UK Business Partners with a Sage CEO Circle accolade. Congratulations to Datel and Pinnacle - our fellow British winners.
The reward for delivering outstanding subscription revenue was an all-expenses paid trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to participate in discussions with Sage executives at board level, to jointly plan collaborative business development strategy and contribute towards the direction of the Sage brand from a partner perspective.
On Sunday 4th February Will Ingleby, Sales Director, took one for the team and represented Solutions’ on this trip of a lifetime with his wife, Emma. Once they arrived at their hotel - Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, they were shown to their room (I mean suite) via boat and greeted at the door by their Butler with Tequila - when in Mexico…
Their first full day in paradise started with a breakfast meeting for the 37 winners present, focusing on Sage Strategy. Jennifer Warawa kicked the meeting off explaining her strategy for global channel marketing and how working with key partners is central to growth.
There were lots of discussion points and the ability to hear directly from Sage what their Business Partners mean to them, with a few inspirational quotes thrown in for good measure.
“You are the elite; you are the ones that have driven change; you are the best Sage Partners in the world” Blair Crump, President of Sage.
Sage CEO- Steven Kelly and President - Blair Crump answered a question from Solutions’ Director Will Ingleby about Sage’s commitment to supporting us in growing our Sage Live business. Guarantees were given and phone numbers have been exchanged!
There were various activities planned throughout the week enabling the Business Partners to bond, including a trip on a Catamaran into the Caribbean Sea and snorkelling for the afternoon…it’s a hard life.
Who says Business Partners can’t dance? Some questionable dance moves in the midday sun.
An interesting location for a business meeting… discovering the local caves and underground rivers of ‘Rio Secreto'.
Guests were wined and dined in style with a Mexican Flare…
The trip was an incredible recognition of our hard work and effort and a huge thank you is in order to the Sage team who organised this ostentatious trip, and of course to Jennifer Warawa – Executive Vice President, Stephen Kelly – CEO and Blair Crump – President for being fantastic hosts!
Our Sage CEO Circle status means we are one of 40 top Sage Business Partners in the world, only three UK Business Partner’s made the cut and we are honoured to be one of them.
“It was a pleasure to spend this week with the ‘best of the best’ from the Sage partner family” said Jennifer Warawa. Speaking to Will Ingleby after the event, she added “Thank you for your partnership. It’s been a great week and I look forward to growing our businesses exponentially together!”
2018 is off to a fantastic start for Solutions. We are celebrating our 20th year in business and we have received our most prestigious accolade to date – long may the success continue.
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Date: 20th June 2018