IT firm marks 20 years in town

Pictured front right is technical director Darran Hamer with his team

Pictured front right is technical director Darran Hamer with his team

An IT firm which has brought hundreds of jobs to Aylesbury is celebrating 20 years in the town.

Darran Hamer set up Actopia in 1994, building PCs for home users.

But as the market for the computers dried up, the Rickfords Hill-based company was forced to diversify into other IT markets.

Actopia tackled the challenge head on and now provides a range of state-of-the-art IT support packages for businesses.

Mr Hamer said: “I was working for a computer company and I decided that I really wanted to be in business on my own.

“One of the clients that I used to look after at Bucks County Council offered to help with the start-up.”

He added: “The business now bears no resemblance to the business we set up.

“I saw the market for PCs coming to an end in the late 2000s and when that started to evaporate we had a choice - adapt or die.”

And Mr Hamer is particularly proud of employing and training scores of Aylesbury youngsters, with many starting their first ever job with the firm.

He said: “We’ve taken a lot of people who are not particularly great academically, people who wanted something more practical to get their hands on.

Many people have had their first jobs with us I still see them in the town centre.

“They are now fantastic, well paid members of the community.

“That makes me feel really good.”




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