Published: December 13, 2021 | Updated: December 13, 2021

Biz News round-up: Pro2col, Advanced Cyber Solutions, Frettens Solicitors & Pitman Training

James Lewis (left) Founder and Managing Director, Pro2col, and Chris Payne of Advanced Cyber Solutions.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Pro2col acquires Advanced Cyber Solutions

A fast-growing Christchurch company is expanding its technical and consultancy services after a key acquisition.

Pro2col is the new owner of London-based Advanced Cyber Solutions (ACS).

The business is an industry leader providing specialist consultancy in secure, managed file transfer led by Director Chris Payne.

Chris joins Pro2col as Technical Director, driving forward the company’s evolution into a broader data integration consultancy and supporting its continued growth.

James Lewis, Pro2col’s Founder and Managing Director, said: “I have been in contact with Chris for many years and have been really impressed with the growth and reputation he has built.

“His expertise in the managed file transfer domain, coupled with his wider information security product knowledge, is the perfect fit.

“I’m delighted that Chris is joining the team as our Technical Director for this very exciting time at the company.

“We’re looking forward to getting to know his customers and supporting their requirements together.”

Chris, pictured with members of the Pro2col team, said: “ACS was founded on the principles of being customer first, one hundred per cent of the time; and I am always very pleased to hear feedback from customers confirming their positive experiences when working with us.

“I am excited to be bringing ACS and our customers into the Pro2col family where that customer experience will complement Pro2col’s already renowned and exemplary technical expertise.”

ACS was founded four years ago and counts Monsoon Accessorize, American Express GBT, Energy Savings Trust, Lindt, Ashai Beer and Twinings Tea among its key customers.

Pro2col was launched in 2003 and had a turnover of £3.4m in 2020/21.

Last year it moved to a new location in Christchurch which is three times the size of its former offices in Tuckton in order to provide for future growth.

Since it was founded Pro2col has delivered file transfer solutions to over 800 customers in more than 30 countries throughout the UK, mainland Europe and North America.


Seven new team members join Frettens

Law firm Frettens has welcomed seven new team members.

Four are based at its Christchurch office and three at Ringwood although many will take advantage of the firm’s flexible and hybrid working options.

Pictured from bottom left clockwise are:

  • Hem Gujadhur, Company and Commercial Paralegal
  • Richard Ramshaw, Commercial Property Solicitor
  • Lilly Hayward, Conveyancing Administrator
  • Olivia Gilbert, Office Junior/Administrator

Also now part of the Frettens’ team are (left to right):

  • Yvette Whyte, PA
  • Jason Hayter, Dispute Resolution Paralegal
  • Kelly Mead, Administrator/PA

Matt Fretten, Managing Partner, said: “We are delighted to have added seven new recruits to the team.

Matt Fretten

“As a firm we have enjoyed a sustained period of growth over the last few years and this would not have been possible without adding to our core team across the board.

“As we continue to grow the business in all departments over the coming years, the latest recruits will enable us to meet our ambitious strategic plans.”

“We’ve worked hard to build a culture that attracts, supports and retains bright, ambitious people.

“We made a series of promotions earlier this year and want our excellent team to know they can achieve everything they want to right here at Frettens.”

  • A full list of current vacancies can be seen on Frettens’ website by clicking here.


Pitman Training Centre launch £20,000 Bounce Back Bursary

A training centre is to help people affected by the pandemic after receiving a £20,000 grant from the charity, Groundworks.

Pitman Training Centre for Bournemouth and Poole is inviting anyone who is unemployed or receiving Universal Credit to contact them.

By accessing the ‘Bounce Back Bursary’ they could receive up to 100 per cent funding for their training.

Calum Hales, Centre Manager, pictured left, said: “We are focusing on people who are unemployed, or receiving Universal Credit, or whose job and career has been affected negatively by the pandemic and need to re-train.

“With this grant we can have a direct impact in helping people in our community and let people become aware of what we can do to help people boost their careers.”

All the courses, awards and diplomas offered by Pitman Training Centre qualify for the grant.

It means studies can be carried out in any of the following areas:

  • office & secretarial (including specialising in the medical and legal fields)
  • typing & keyboard skills
  • Sage, accounting and bookkeeping
  • Microsoft Office
  • business and management
  • career development
  • marketing
  • IT training
  • web design and Photoshop

Calum and his family invested in the Bournemouth and Poole franchise of the company earlier this year.

Pitman Training was founded in 1837 and is named after Sir Isaac Pitman, the inventor of shorthand.

The centre is based in Pearl Assurance House, Old Christchurch Road.

Students can study on its computers or enrol for online training courses.

It is also used to sit exams and is a fully approved AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) exam centre as well as Amazon approved training provider.

Pitman Training has partnerships with course providers including AAT, CompTIA, BCS, DMI, CileX, City & Guilds and Microsoft.