I am an entrepreneur and web geek. I am passionate about building my successful web design business in Southampton. I was brought up in London and a small fishing village in Essex, West Mersea. I quit Computer Science at university within 3 months to create my business which has evolved and developed since then. I now live in Chichester with my wife and young family.
Green Graphics was my first foray into business at just 16. I had a passion for photography and I put that passion to work. I would attend the dress rehearsal for every school play, musical or concert and take several rolls of film ensuring that I captured every person and asking for a group shot at the end.
At 6am on the morning after the dress rehearsal I would get on my bicycle and negotiate the surrey hills and morning mist. I dropped the films through the letterbox of the Godalming photo studio where I had arranged an ongoing deal. After class I would then bicycle back down to Godalming to collect the photos; 2 copies of each and a fistful of the group shot. By 6.30pm I had laid out all the 10x8 photos on tables in the lobby of the theatre.
The key with this business was immediacy. Human nature showed me that people would simply not bother to order prints from thumbnails or master copies. However if there was a large print right there with little Johnny centre stage they could never refuse! This little business enabled me to live the lifestyle I wanted at school!
Toolkit Websites Ltd
I setup my business in 1999 whilst at Southampton University studying Computer Science. Within days of getting my first client I quit my course and began working on the business full time. Today the business has over 1800 clients and is growing fast.
The goal of the business is to be the market leader providing websites for Small Businesses. We typically build 5, 10 and 20 page brochure websites for small businesses up and down the country. We custom design and build our websites and then provide a content management system that allows our clients to update their website 24/7 from any computer.
I am lucky to have a superb team with me at Toolkit Websites. They are constantly coming up with new ideas to drive the business forwards and they work hard at pleasing our growing list of clients.
The business is based in Southampton which is an excellent hub for business and our location has easy access to local shops, banks and suppliers. We are also near some of the best restaurants and bars in Southampton, critical for having some fun with the team!
I live my life to the full and when I am not sitting at my laptop you can probably find me near the sea hanging out with friends. I enjoy many types of sports including kitesurfing, sailing, snowboarding, skiing, running, swimming, and yoga.
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