SolaaS Triumphs as West Midlands Start-up Business of the Year at FBS Celebrating Small Business Awards 2024

The SolaaS TeamSolaaS is thrilled to announce its recent accolade as the winner of the Start-up Business 2024 category at the prestigious FBS Celebrating Small Business Awards.

The award was presented to SolaaS and its Managing Director, René Wheeler, during the popular FSB Business Bootcamp held at the picturesque Coombe Abbey in Coventry. This recognition underpins SolaaS’ commitment to reshaping the landscape of IT and Telecoms services through its flexible and scalable communication and connectivity solutions.

René Wheeler, MD of SolaaS, attributes their success to their unique approach, stating, “We empower businesses to liberate themselves from the constraints of rigid contracts by offering tailored, month-by-month solutions that precisely align with their organisational needs. Our ethos revolves around transparency, integrity, and clear communication, ensuring that our clients have complete control over their IT and Telecoms services. We aim to revolutionise the industry by speaking the language of businesses and providing them with a refreshing level of autonomy.”

Reflecting on SolaaS’ remarkable journey in its inaugural year, René expressed gratitude towards his dedicated team and invaluable partners, acknowledging their pivotal role in achieving this milestone. “Our success is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our team and partners. Without their unwavering support, we wouldn’t have reached such heights in such a short span.”

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards spotlight outstanding small businesses from across the nation, recognising their significant contributions over the past year. As SolaaS sets its sights on the national stage, being named a finalist in the UK finals scheduled for May 9th in Blackpool, the company remains optimistic about its prospects of securing the coveted national award.

SolaaS remains committed to driving innovation and excellence within the industry, and plans to continue its journey towards greater success and recognition.

5 things you need to know about the BT Switch Off 2025

5 things BT Switch off illustration1. What is it?

In 2015, BT announced the BT ISDN Switch off would take place in 2025, fast forward 8 years to 2023 and there are still many people who are unaware of it and what it means.

Traditional landline phones operate through ISDN, or analogue lines. BT advised that this landline network needs to be replaced because it is old and difficult to maintain.

Since 2015, there has been a transition to route phones through an internet connection, referred to as IP (Internet Protocol) or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) connections.

BT aims to switch off its ISDN network in 2025, which will mean any phones, alarms and security systems relying on a landline connection will stop working.


2. There is no need to panic!

We have been monitoring the switch off campaign and although we find it hard to believe BT will hit the 2025 deadline, we are advising our customers to be prepared and move away from the ISDN network.

However, don’t be pressurised into signing up to a new contract. The switch to an IP or VoIP phone system is straightforward and as long as you have a robust internet connection in place, it can be done within a few days.


3. Moving to IP or VoIP is a cost saving opportunity.

At a time when we are all looking for ways to save money within our businesses, the BT Switch off provides the perfect drive to move your telecoms to a more efficient and cost-effective platform.

On average, we see a saving of 25% on telephone bills.


4. Moving to IP or VoIP improves efficiency.

An internet phone opens-up a world of possibilities and creates greater flexibility to meet the needs of the post-COVID hybrid working environment.

The number of phone lines can be adjusted quickly and easily, whether you are wanting to increase or decrease.

Compatible handsets can used in the office or at home for seamless call handling wherever your team is working.

Online apps and easy menu programming make is easy to direct calls to the right person, providing an improved experience for your customers.


5. There really is no need to panic!

We are seeing many of our competitors use the BT Switch off to initiate a hard sell campaign and create an air of panic.

Our advice is to make sure you are signing up for a telecoms solution that suits the needs of your business. Think about how your business operates today and your vision for the future.


Unsure what to do next?

SolaaS provides a free consultation service to discuss your requirements. We will work with you to design a telecoms solution tailored to your needs. As an independent consultancy, we can provide impartial advice to ensure you get the best fit for your business.

Contact us today to book an initial call.







An introduction to SolaaS and what makes us different

SolaaS delivers bespoke, innovative communication solutions to businesses through the expert design and implementation of IT and telephony systems.

Located within the iconic Transport Museum in the centre of Coventry, SolaaS is in the perfect location to work with businesses across the Midlands and throughout the whole of the UK.

What makes us different?

Our team of consultants has over 50 years of experience within the technology sector and a reputation for providing a no-nonsense, down to earth approach to meet the exact needs of your organisation.

The IT and telephony sector is full of jargon, and it can often be a minefield as a customer to really understand what it is you need. As with anything new to you, you don’t even know the right questions to ask – “you don’t know what you don’t know!”

Our unique approach helps us provide the highest quality of customer service with attention to detail, cost- effectiveness and speed without the jargon. We offer a comprehensive range of products and services and strive to make our customers’ lives easier by simplifying their communication and connectivity needs.

We take time to understand how your business operates today and your vision for the future, doing our best to ensure our recommended solution supports your organisation for the long-term.

SolaaS is not tied to one network and so whether it is finding you the best internet connection or mobile network, we can provide independent advice and source the best provider for the job.

Our goal is to bring optimal communication solutions that help our customers succeed in their respective industries while staying within budget constraints. Our commitment is backed by a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated towards delivering high-quality products and services with the latest technology.

“IT and Telecoms solutions that meet your needs. Services that exceed your expectations.”