Valto Top Tips – Microsoft Teams Praise

As Office 365 specialists, we aim to give you all the best hints and tips from the wide range of apps available. In this video, we show you how to praise a colleague in Microsoft Teams.

New Marketing and Business Development Manager joins Valto to help grow the business.

We’re pleased to announce a new member to our team. Dan Felix joins us as our new Marketing and Business Development Manager. Dan spent the last three and a half years’ as the Marketing Manager of a managed IT service provider, where he was responsible for the Marketing function. Prior to that, Dan worked at Iceland Foods and Samsung where he was involved in Marketing & Communications.

With experience in managing and delivering campaigns, as well as exploring new branding boosting and sales opportunities, Dan will be responsible for Valto’s marketing and business development and will help to continue the business growth that we have seen over the last 2 years.

Speaking on his appointment, Dan said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Valto at such an exciting time. The business has seen great growth year-on-year since its founding, and I am excited to help that growth continue. I have a passion for technology and the important role it can play within a company.”

Hugh Valentine, managing director of Valto, commented;

“We are delighted that Dan has joined the business. We’re always looking to see where we can grow the business and believed that it was the right time to bring in someone to help us with our marketing and business development. With Dan now with us, we can look to where we can grow our business and start the next chapter of the Valto story.

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We’re always looking for talented people to join the Valto team. If you feel that you could make the difference then contact us or call on 03335 779 009

Discover more about Office 365, whilst raising money for charity!

For 2019, we’ve teamed up with the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester, to be our nominated charity. The hospice does some truly amazing work in palliative care for residents in Cheshire West, Chester and Deeside,  and throughout the year we’ll be looking to raise as much money as possible.

On both Thursday 16th May and Thursday 13th June, we’ll be hosting Office 365 training workshops. At our workshops, we’ll look to make sure your business is getting the most out of your licence. We’ll be exploring all the other apps that come with Office 365, aside from Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. We’ll be sharing hints and tips on Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive, whilst exploring all the additional apps available.

Our training workshops usually cost a business £850 per day, however this workshop will be a little different. For just £50 per attendee, and with all proceeds going to our nominated charity, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, you can discover the power of Office 365.

Register today to discover more about Office 365, whilst raising money for a very worthy cause!


  • 10.00 – 10.10 Setting the scene
  • 10.10 – 10.30 More to Office 365 than just Word and Outlook.
    • Discover all of the different apps that come with Office 365, what they do and how they fit within the family.
  • 10.30 – 11.00 Microsoft Teams: Communicate and Collaborate Better
    • We’ll show you;
      • How to get the app and how to use it across all your devices
      • How to call, chat and screenshare with your colleagues
      • How to start a group chat, conference calls and video meetings
      • How Teams can reduce internal email communication
      • How to share and work on documents together
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Building a powerful Intranet with SharePoint
    • We’ll show you;
      • How to use SharePoint more effectively
      • How to access and share documentation
      • How to govern safely
      • How to share information across your business
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Sharing a document has never been so easy with OneDrive
    • We’ll show you;
      • How you can access your documents via the web from any device
      • How to ensure you’re syncing all your files and folders properly
      • How to maintain version control on all your documents
      • How you can share externally
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and networking
  • 13.00 – 13.30 Harness the power with PowerBI and PowerApps
    • We’ll show you;
      • How PowerBI works
      • How to link PowerBI to all your reports to make reporting easier
      • What PowerApps are and their power
      • How to start building your own PowerApps
  • 13.15 – 13.45 Best of the Rest! Valto’s other favourite apps
  • 13.45 – 14.00 Q&A

Valto achieves additional Microsoft competencies

We’re always working hard to make sure we keep up to date with the latest technologies and solutions by striving to achieve more Microsoft competencies.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been able to achieve Silver Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity and ISV competencies,  all of which have been achieved by reaching milestones and passing exams.

Valto's Competencies

The Silver Cloud Platform competency demonstrates our continuing experience and growth by helping businesses migrate and utilise the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Silver Cloud Productivity shows our experience with successfully deploying and implementing Office 365 across all businesses regardless of their size. Whilst our Silver ISV competency demonstrates our ability to build and publish packaged applications of Microsoft technologies.

In order to pass each of these competencies, not only do we need to pass exams and achieve critical milestones, but we also need be to provide references from many of our customers that show our ability to complete projects.

But we’re not planning on stopping there! 2019 will see us achieve many new competencies and, in some cases, turn our Silver competencies into Gold.

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Looking to deploy Office 365 or make the most of your Azure infrastructure? How about working with an accredited Microsoft partner! Get in touch with us today or call on 03335 779 009

Valto becomes an award-winning business!

We’ve now become award-winning Valto, after being crowned Micro Business of the Year at the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards, with our award now taking pride of place in our office.

On receiving the award, Managing Director Hugh Valentine, said “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve won such a fantastic award. Our plan has always been to be the best at what we do and the winning of this award has recognised this. It’s a real team effort at Valto and we are all extremely proud.”

Beating off competition, which included a producer of tonic water syrups, a business magazine publisher and an aviation training provider, the Micro Business Award is aimed at recognising start-up and small businesses, with 4 or less employees, with the amazing work that they do.

Formed in 2017 with the aim of providing the best technology and customer service compared to many other managed IT service providers in the market we’ve continued to grow in turnover, customers, partners and projects and 2019 is projected to see this growth continue as we aim to continue to provide the best managed IT services with the best customer service.

Take a look at our video entry.

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Want to know what it’s like working with an awarding winning managed IT service provider? Get in touch with us today or call us on 03335 779 009.