WMita Makes IT on to National SME Scene

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Byline: By Steve Pain Technology Editor

Bob Boyd: We at WMita believe that it's time to launch ourselves onto the national scene - hence UKita

The West Midlands IT Association (WMita) has launched itself on to the national scene with the creation of the United Kingdom IT Association (UKita).

WMita was founded in 2 003, initially with funding from regional development authority Advantage West Midlands (AWM), to create a thriving region-wide network of ICT based businesses in the SME sector.

However, the highly successful model has begun to attract interest from other regions where smaller ICT businesses are under-represented.

WMita says UKita, which has already formed a partnership with Oracle, intended to be the premier ICT SME (small to medium size enterprise) membership organisation in the country.

UKita's new chief executive, Bob Boyd, said, "We at WMita believe that it's time to launch ourselves on to the national scene - hence UKita.

"We believe there is a clear gap in the market for an SME-focused business organisation within the UK ICT sector.

"SMEs are looking for practical help and advice in running their businesses, networking opportunities and access to business growth. "We're already developing links with groups of ICT SMEs across the country and the interest shown since we announced the launch of UKita has been phenomenal."

Mike Sharpe, chairman of WMita, also said, "All existing Wmita members will become automatic members of UKita, but with the added attraction of more benefits at no additional cost. This will include a national network and a wider range of opportunities for the members to grow their businesses. …