Summary

Based in South Ribble, servicing Preston and Lancashire I run AWP Computer Services. I have over 15 years experience in the IT industry and offer an affordable service for new or small businesses who want to plan for future growth without stretching the budget today.

AWP Computer Services offer specialist IT Consultancy for small and start-up businesses throughout the county. We have many years experience in delivering up-to-date advice to small and medium sized business on many aspects of their modern information technology needs. This includes help with Information Technology set-up, unbiased guidance about current best practices, general IT advice and assistance with IT equipment purchasing.

For a FREE IT Consultation, to discover how AWP Computer Services will help your business, contact Ashley today!

t. 01772 698078
m. 07547 337059
e. ashley@awpcomputers.co.uk
w. www.awpcomputers.co.uk

Expertise


• IT Outsourcing
• Ongoing IT Support
• Data recovery
• Data storage and backup
• Disaster recovery planning
• Small Office software
• Microsoft Office 365
• Google Apps for Work
• Technology advice & procurement
• Web site security

Experience

  • AWP Computer Services

    Director
    1 - 5 Employees 2013 - Current
    AWP Computer Services
    AWP Computer Services offer a wide range of IT (Information Technology) Support services for both small businesses and residential users in Preston, South Ribble and the surrounding areas. AWP Computer Services offer both computer hardware and software support across both Windows and Android devices. AWP Computer Services can give up-to-date expert advice on a consultancy basis. This includes general technology advice, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Office Applications and the Cloud. AWP Computer Services has recently joined the Google Apps for Business reseller programme and is looking forward to being an official Google Partner in the near future.
  • Exact Abacus Ltd

    Web Consultant
    21 - 100 Employees 2004 - 2012
    I worked as an integral part of the well established Exact Abacus' digital team, presenting digital solutions to clients, pro-actively managing the strategic direction of clients' digital campaigns and liaising with clients on a day to day basis for ongoing non-project work. Exact Abacus is a 25 year old, privately-owned, family-run business that is based near Preston. They started life providing IT based solutions to the embryonic UK mail order industry and now specialise in Back Office software and eCommerce. The client base covered the whole of the UK, and as an important part of the role I visited clients on a regular basis, as part of the project development and relationship building process. During my time with Exact Abacus, I enjoyed working with and presenting to clients a wide range of customers. The company's work involved developing, implementing, hosting and supporting Mail Order and e-Commerce Business Management systems for a large number of well known UK retailers and many online retail start-up companies. In my role, I was involved in sales meetings, technical meetings and training sessions (as the trainer) with people at many different levels within our customer's organisations. This extended up to Director level in a number of well known UK retail businesses such as Green Baby, Snow + Rock, Stanfords and Suttons Consumer Products. Whilst I have mainly worked very much in a managerial and consultancy role, I have never removed myself from the hands on application of IT solutions and have always worked very closely with software developers, hardware technicians and systems implementers. I therefore feel I have the necessary skills to help my customers to identify both problems and opportunities, which I can then deal with in a practical 'hands-on' fashion.
  • Runshaw College

    Part-time Lecturer
    100+ Employees 2000 - 2005
    Tutored and Lectured primarily in the Adult Education Faculty on subjects within the scope of Computing and Information Technology. Delivered courses for students up to HND level ranging from basic computer operation, office applications (word processing and spreadsheets etc.) and web design. My main area of expertise was within the specialities of the Internet, Web Design and Development. I was also requested to offer support to the school for the 16-19 year old students (BTEC, A-Level, etc.) and covered classes when their normal tutors were unavailable.
  • Progress 7 Limited

    Managing Director (Web Developer)
    1 - 5 Employees 2000 - 2002
    Cofounder and Director of Progress 7 Limited. Managed the business and worked with a small group of fellow directors (web developers) servicing primarily SMEs in the North West of England. Employing the latest web technologies and standards, helped create professional web sites and web based applications. Designed both web page layouts, along with overall web site functionality using HTML and other client technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript. Designed web sites using industry recognised technologies and used server-side scripts to dynamically control data integration.
  • The Netlon Group Limited

    Project Facilitator (Equinox Team)
    100+ Employees 1998 - 2000
    As part of a small team seconded to implement new Enterprise Resource Planning software (Tetra CS/3) and promote a congruent Business Process Re-engineering strategy, provided a vital link between the project team and the key functions of the business. In particular working in close conjunction with the IT department and the senior management/directors of the business. Supported the IT department with PC & hardware deployment, networking and Tetra CS/3 software installation. Began initial exposure to web technologies developing intranet based training modules, using HTML, for the ERP system.
  • The Netlon Group Limited

    Design/Project Engineer
    100+ Employees 1991 - 1998
    Working in a small team, or alone, supported the Engineering Design and Service requirements of both the company’s three sites in the UK and overseas Licencees, manufacturing patented Netlon products. Also, managed the Local Area Network and the Computer Aided Design facilities employed by the team. Designed and Controlled the document management database for the Groups Engineering function.
  • Netlon Limited

    Apprentice Engineering Technician
    21 - 100 Employees 1997 - 1990
    Following an initial one year "off the job" training period, after school, I was introduced into the business and undertook the completion of an intensive 4 year apprenticeship programme. The programme was designed to develop the required technical and communication skills, which would enable me to work effectively within many parts of the business.

Clubs and Associations

I am a member of the NWL (North West Lancashire) of Commerce as AWP Computer Services LTD (http://www.lancschamber.co.uk)

I am also a member of the Central Lancashire Business Club (http://www.businessclub.uk.com/)


Interests and Hobbies

when not working, I'm a keen cyclist and an active member of Ribble Valley Cycling and Racing Club (http://www.ribblevalleycrc.com/) for which I have been the Vice Chairman for the last 2 years

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