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ra Information Systems celebrates 30 successful years in the IT industry

Thirty years on and going from strength to strength, ra Information Systems are proud to celebrate 30 successful years in the IT industry.

Initially ra started life in 1988 as a software house, writing bespoke software, predominantly for local authorities.

As ra has built relationships with their clients they found they wanted more from them and it quickly became apparent that there was a gap in the market for a company able to provide IT support and solutions. They therefore setup an IT Services division to complement the existing software development business and over the years the two parts of the company have complemented each other with customers regularly becoming clients of both sides of the business.

In 2008 ra outgrew its Sheffield premises and relocated to its current location, ra House, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

As of today, ra has grown to become a leading IT company providing its services throughout the UK and wider Europe. ra’s growth has strategically been aimed towards providing expertise in all areas of IT and telephony. The company has grown to now have its own in-house helpdesk of IT experts – all 1st line support, two in-house software development teams, IT/infrastructure/telephony specialists and admin, sales and marketing teams.

Whilst IT support and infrastructure specialisms underpin the company’s service offering, ra has also created and developed three thriving software management solutions:

  • ezytreev – Tree, TPO & Asset Management Software now used in over 100 councils, universities and housing associations across the UK and Ireland. (
  •  ibcs – Business Centre Management Software used in over 120 business and conference centres. (
  • CLARITY CORE – Science Park, Innovation and Incubation Centre Software used in over 100 sites. (

Annette Dabbs, Director of ra Information systems, commenting on this anniversary,  says:-

“What a milestone to reach 30 successful years in business! It really is hard to believe but good to look back over the years at how we have developed and grown as a company, both in personnel, the breadth of expertise they bring, and the services we provide. Something well worth celebrating.”

“ra has achieved all of the above, throughout recessions and changing Governments, whilst moving forward alongside huge technological advancement. Overcoming these challenging factors to becoming the company ra is today is why this momentous 30th year in business is a cause for major celebration.

“Finally, ra would like to convey a huge thank you to all their existing clients for their highly valued custom over the years. Here’s to the next 30 years.”

ra Information Systems

Lydia Gregson

Destination Chesterfield Coordinator (Champions and Events)

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