The history of GrASP Computing
Alan - The Engineer/Technician & Consultant: founder of GrASP Computing, Leicester
I completed college in 1988 and decided to enter "the exciting new world of computing."
I enrolled in a full time two year course at an information technology centre, year one was to be computing and the second year was for electronics.
After qualifying with distinctions in year one I discovered that I'm colour blind so learning electronics was no longer an option. I quickly upgraded year two's course to "Advanced Computing and Business Studies" and helped to tutor the new students.
Qualifications gained from the courses soon attracted the interest of a local building contractors. They employed me to teach computing and care for (repair/upgrade/purchase) their growing collection of computer equipment.
I developed a logical and down to earth approach to teaching because using technical computer jargon in a room full of brick layers and architects doesn't impress them very much.
Years passed and different computer related positions where filled by yours truly, each position providing valuable experience.The birth of GrASP - January 2002
After recently completing a 3 year contract with England's largest computer help desk I found my spirits to be low. I had never felt very comfortable with charging customers £1 per minute on the phone for hardware and software support.
I took a 6 month holiday in Australia which was brilliant and shortly after returning to England I started "GrASP Computing" as a hobby.
In July 1994 I met my now wife Laura, we married on 31st July 2004 after our massive 10 year engagement.
My business soon attained a healthy reputation and word of mouth referrals kept me busy enough to expand the GrASP computing idea further, I dedicate almost all of my time to my business now as my career and only income.
Having come a long way since the early days, the initial idea of GrASP remains unchanged, "To provide the best value service to the highest of standards". A simple idea yes but an idea which attracts business and keeps our customers very happy.