In 2002, with my fellow partners I established SOS Group (Smart Office Systems Limited). We sat around the table discussing how we could use our collective extensive industry knowledge and experiences to create a business to give our potential customers a new experience, when selecting a document solutions provider.
We also wanted to make a difference in the local community with a long term focussed CSR strategy. An approach which is reaching a support value of £250,000.00 since 2002 and has led to SOS being recognised for many awards.
I’ve been involved in the office equipment industry since 1993, after losing the use of one of my lungs whilst working as a bakery manager. I took the opportunity of a role as a Trainee Salesman for a small local office equipment company, then moved on to work for a large international company as a senior account manager, dealing with local, national and blue chip companies, before starting SOS in 2002.
We started SOS with the intention of giving customers a local experience, with a professional approach to their print requirement. This has obviously struck a chord with our customers, as many of them have stayed loyal to SOS over the years and we still supply customers that we started using us at the very beginning.
In my spare time when not working in the business, I am involved as a Trustee at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter. Having been married for 35 years to my wife and best friend Margaret, we have re-homed 11 dogs over that time. We currently have 3 very pampered rescue dogs at home from the shelter, as I am a sucker for a furry face and a wet nose.
Our other passion is motorcycles and we spend time every year touring Europe and the UK on our BMWs.