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Stronger together – Our trade partnerships
At Techbuyer, we are committed to making our IT solutions the best they can be whilst also benefiting the environment around us. As part of this dedication, we spend a lot of time working closely with companies, trade associations, government organisations and academics in order to find solutions for industry wide issues, such as the energy usage of data centres.
Whether it’s finding sustainable solutions for our packaging, carrying out ground-breaking research into server configurations, or promoting the benefits of refurbished equipment, our partnerships have resulted in a number of exciting projects and results.
Advocating for secure data destruction with NAID
Techbuyer is a member of National Association of Information Destruction, a non-profit, international trade association for companies in the secure data destruction industry. It operates as the watchdog for the industry, ensuring best practice in data sanitization worldwide.
Promoting refurbished data centre equipment with Data Centre Alliance
The DCA is a not-for-profit trade association comprising of leaders and experts from across the data centre sector. With over 450 associate and corporate members, The DCA represents the largest independent data centre trade association of its kind. We work closely with the DCA to promote the environmental, cost and performance benefits of refurbished data centre equipment as well as using events to network and strike up other partnerships with like-minded companies.
Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) and the University of East London
Innovate UK is part of a national funding agency investing in research in the UK. Techbuyer and the University of East London are working on an exciting Innovate UK funded project with the aim of transforming the way data centre equipment is refreshed. We are working with a computer science graduate from the University of East London to develop a set of models and a tool that will allow in-depth understanding of hardware refresh cycles, environmental impact of such practices, and business case analysis. The project will embed academic expertise within the company and result in an innovative business application.
Promoting refurbished product with WRAP
WRAP's vision is a world in which resources are used sustainably. Between 2010 and 2015 in England alone, WRAP initiatives reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 million tonnes (Mt), which is equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions of Portugal. We work with WRAP to promote recycling, reuse and refurbished IT hardware and became members of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan 2025 (esap 2025) in December 2017.
Representing Northern businesses with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership
The Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse – a network of 140 partners who all strongly believe in the economic potential of the north and support the need for a combined effort, by the Government and businesses, to realise that potential. As a member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme, Techbuyer has committed to supporting the programme and to help inspire and encourage investment in the north. Techbuyer occupies a distinctive position as an exporter to over 100 countries from its facilities in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and is one of the fastest growing tech companies in the north.
Fighting for a fair and safe industry with the ASCDI
The Association of Service and Computer Dealers is a not for profit association of companies that buy, sell and service computer, telecom and other technical equipment and solutions. The ASCDI is leading the fight on behalf of honest resellers worldwide on the issues surrounding counterfeit, import restrictions, resale restrictions, software transfer and right to repair just to name a few. Membership is only granted to businesses who can acquire references and prove a track record of providing high quality products and services.
Promoting industry best practices with UNEDA
The United Network Equipment Deal Association is an organisation that is renowned for difficulty of becoming a member. UNEDA is an alliance of more than 300 of the top used network equipment dealers worldwide. These secondary market suppliers work together to promote industry best practices, ensure the highest standards of product quality, and eradicate counterfeit and fraud in the secondary market. As a UNEDA member, Techbuyer works with a community of similar businesses to educate the public about today’s secondary market.
Supporting the secondary market with Free ICT Europe
Free ICT Europe Foundation (FIE) is a not-for-profit foundation actively promoting the ICT Secondary Market within Europe. We work with the foundation to further reuse and improve legislation that allows companies to support the aftermarket. An example of this is the EU Eco-Design Legislation that was published late 2018, which mandated firmware be made publicly available to support server performance in second, third and subsequent lives with new users.
Driving sustainability in the education sector with the EAUC
In 2019, we were honoured to become an EAUC partner. We work with the EAUC to drive sustainability to the heart of universities and colleges. We work with a large number of organisations in the education sector and our business is well aligned with generating real social and environmental change in this sector.
Furthering the cause of reuse and product life extension is a topic close to our hearts. In December 2019, we joined cross party government think tank Policy Connect to share research and insights into innovative solutions to the waste stream and new attitudes towards remanufacturing. The organisation brings together academics, policy makers and business to chart a path towards better use of materials and a more sustainable business environment.