Who are we? Where are we?
In this blog post we’ll begin answering those questions.
A Few Key Members of Sentral’s Team:
Mike Dunford [UK Admin Manager] Linkedin
Mike oversees all of Sentral’s purchasing, ordering and supplier relationships.
Outside of work, having originally trained as a Chef, Mike still enjoys cooking for family & friends. He also tries, but regularly fails, to enjoy following the ‘fortunes’ of Southampton Football Club and spending time with his family.
With a first name like that [actually it’s pronounced Veeral, not Viral], you can appreciate the irony that he is responsible for all things technical within Sentral. That includes system building and testing, new product evaluations, technical support and product strategy.
In his spare time, Viral has a keen interest in travelling, all things science-based and engineering.
Mike O’Connor [UK Account Manager] Linkedin
Mike helps to ensure that Sentral’s clients are looked after very well and that our team is continuously striving to meet or beat their expectations.
In the evenings or at the weekend, Mike can be found watching his favourite sport, The UFC, or one of Manchester United‘s numerous victories [guess who wrote this post?]. He also enjoys taking the family dog for long walks. As Mike is six foot four tall and his dog is not much bigger than a large hampster, this does make for quite an interesting sight! Mike also enjoys reading *good* books and spending time with his wife and three children.
Proud Of Our City
All of the team at Sentral identify with and are proud of Southampton’s history and heritage.
Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England and is situated 75 miles (121 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. [from wikipedia]
We are absolutely committed to working to ensure that local businesses and our surrounding communities prosper for generations to come. Wherever possible, we always try to use local suppliers, develop local partnerships and, if we can, to provide any business referrals to companies situated closer to home.
Office Location: Building and Surrounding Area
Description: Royal Mail House
Date Listed: 31 March 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 135933
OS Grid Reference: SU4248211081
OS Grid Coordinates: 442482, 111081
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8977, -1.3973
Sentral’s offices are located in the ‘Royal Mail House’ listed building. Royal Mail House is a four storey office building having been built by George Radley in the 1840s as a hotel. In its colourful history it became the offices of the Royal Mail Shipping Company and is now operated as an office centre. There is an impressive entrance hall on the ground floor and an Edwardian facade. On the inside of the building we also have impressive amounts of coffee, tea and sometimes nice biscuits & cakes as well!!
The area surrounding our office is filled with character and has quite a history. There is an old railway station opposite, directly behind the Genting Club Casino and we are close to Southampton Docks. Fortunately for us, in Oxford Street, which is right next to the office, there are some of the finest dining establishments in the city.
Environment & Community Support
Sentral IT is an environmentally friendly business. Wherever possible, ‘written’ communications and invoicing is carried out via email – and we only send hard copies by specific request. Sentral also recycles waste paper, cardboard and ink cartridges. All old computer and server parts are recycled through Jamie’s Computer refurbishment charity which is the computer recycling social enterprise arm of The Society of St James; Southampton’s largest homeless charity, providing housing, care and support to homeless and vulnerable people.
Discounted Services & Products
We provide healthy discounts to charities, not-for-profit organisations, education service providers and other worthy causes. If you are one of these, please do get in touch and we will ensure you are very well looked after.
If you have any questions, please do contract Sentral.