Registered charities can’t reclaim VAT, so the cost of IT acquisition, whether as a capital asset or an operational cost, is 20% higher than for a VAT registered organisation. Where the decision is made to purchase a service rather than a capital asset, there has to be an extremely solid business case presented to the trustees.
OSJCT looked at renting space and putting in its own servers and also looked at cloud offerings from other providers. There were initial apprehensions about partnering with a hosting provider as many could not guarantee that the Trust’s data would be stored in the UK.
We guaranteed that the data would be hosted on our own, highly secure, UK-based, private data centre. On top of this, we could provide dedicated infrastructure, further assuring performance and security.