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Celebrating 8 years of Chrome Telecom!

It’s our 8th birthday today!

It’s fair to say we’ve come a long way in that time. We were founded in 2014 by husband and wife Dan and Jo, who are still our Directors today. Since then our team and customer base have grown and grown.

We’re incredibly proud to have made it this far as an independent company – and this is only the beginning. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our amazing team, partners and customers. And to celebrate our journey so far, we hosted a party to thank them all for the part they’ve played.

Keep an eye on our social channels for an inside look at what went down there! In the meantime, we thought we’d use this blog to reminisce a little. We asked some of our team to share their favourite memories from their time at Chrome.

Humble beginnings

Our co-founders Jo and Dan started the business out of their home. Jo reflected on an early milestone:

One memory that’s particularly special to me is moving into our first office. We started the company at our home, and so building the business and team to the point of needing an office was brilliant!”

Building a team

We started to build up a team, and some of our early recruits are still with us today. They include Lloyd, who’s now our Sales Manager. He had a fond memory of his early years:

I remember being rescued on the motorway by Dan on the way to a customer appointment. It was 6.30am on the day of my first ever customer appointment and my tyre burst – not ideal! Dan drove straight to my car and changed the tyre so that I could attend the meeting on time.

This showed just how invested Dan was in my future, as he did everything he could to make sure I got to my appointment. Chrome have showed me countless times how cared for we are, and it’s more than appreciated.”

Another long-standing member of the Chrome family is Matt, our Technical Manager. His favourite memory was a little more recent:

One amazing memory was winning the New Reseller of the Year 2019 award at Connected Thinking by Pragma.

Being recognised amongst big industry names meant the world to us, and it great to celebrate our achievements with our partners. This was also one of the last industry events that we could attend in person before the pandemic, and it was definitely one to remember!”

Sticking together through hard times

The pandemic and lockdowns were tough for us all. But at Chrome, we did our bit to keep spirits up. Jake, our Support Desk Engineer, remembers it well:

Dan surprised us for Easter by dropping off handmade Easter baskets at our doorsteps. The baskets were filled with Easter treats a thank you note. Delivering baskets to us personally really showed how much Dan and our managers care about us. We also love a treat at Chrome, so these went down well!

Billing Manager Gemma also spoke about how we came through lockdown together:

My favourite memory from my time at Chrome is the company incentive offered to us over the lockdown. We were all working from home but Dan and our managers kept us focused, motivated and engaged throughout the time apart.

One of the incentives over this time was to get creative for our social media accounts. I won the incentive and was rewarded with Love to Shop vouchers. It’s a great memory because it showed that even in tough times our hard work is still recognised and rewarded.”

Onwards and upwards

Facing the adversity of COVID, we managed to thrive and grow. Marketing Executive Amethyst joined us in September 2021, and had a great start to life in the Chrome family:

My favourite memory is attending the CNA awards in October. We were finalists for the Best SME UC Customer Solution award and travelled to London together to attend the awards. I’d just started and was getting to know the team and settle into my role, so it was great to spend time with Dan, Jo and Matt outside of the office.

I also enjoyed meeting our industry partners and learning more about the fantastic businesses in the telecoms industry. We enjoyed some great food and quite a few drinks, and it was a memorable night for me where I felt welcome and excited for my future at Chrome. I also have to mention our recent nomination for Best Marketing Team at the forthcoming Channel Champion Awards. It’s great to get that recognition.

New recruits

Our team’s continued to grow, and our newest recruits have hit the ground running! Katie, our Network and Line Provisioner, had this to say:

My favourite memory since joining in March 2022 is being taken for lunch with Gemma by Dan and Matt. This wasn’t a performance-based incentive or from winning a competition but a reward from my managers for hard work. It was a lovely treat, and we really enjoyed the food at The Boat House in Swanwick.

I also must mention that being voted as our March Employee of the Month was a big deal for me. It meant so much for my hard work to be recognised in the first few weeks working for Chrome.”

Meanwhile, Business Development Executive Morgan got a great introduction to life at Chrome:

I started at Chrome in March and have felt included and part of the team since my first day. My favourite memory so far is joining the team in the Chromie Awards celebration. This was only a couple of weeks after I started and it was really fun to go out with the team for food and drinks.

It was also great to listen to the award winners and learn why each winner won their awards, and makes me excited for the 2022 awards.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our favourite Chrome memories. Over the past 8 years we’ve created and shared brilliant memories, and we’re excited to see what the next 8 years bring!

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