Andrew has worked with technology for all his adult life. He took the decision to start his own business after five years employed as a computer engineer for Isle of Wight technology companies, including four years at Rapanui, the Island’s renowned eco-clothing brand.
Andrew graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a First Class Honours Degree in Internet Technology.
“I had always loved working with computers and I guess I was a bit of a geek,” Andrew says. “Starting my own business changed the way I look at technology. My biggest thrill is helping people to take control of their IT, making things work better.”
“As a business owner, I have many things in common with the companies that I work with. We all want to use technology in a modern way and streamline processes like accounts, payroll, data handling and systems management.”
“One of our customers once said that ‘Wight Computers are humans first, geeks second’, and that’s become a bit of mission statement for us. We’ve all dealt with IT people who use jargon and unnecessarily confusing words, which can make people feel really small. We’re not going to make people look silly or stupid.”
“A lot of IT is self-taught, for better or worse, so when we get a call it’s because someone has a problem or they don’t understand. We have the skills and experience to guide that person and resolve the situation.”
“Helping people to concentrate on running their business, without having to worry about their IT, is the biggest buzz that I get.”
Since starting in 2012, Wight Computers has helped hundreds of Island businesses. With many of our original customers still using us to this day.
Over the years, we have been acknowledged across multiple awards for our efforts in supporting Island businesses.
Wight Computers is a Microsoft Partner and Quality in Business accredited. Our colleagues all hold a technology degree in addition to industry experience.
Our business runs in a planet-conscious way. We successfully completed the Gold Green Impact standard in 2019.
Andrew took on his first staff member back in 2015 and today Ben Sollis and Tom Smith complete the approachable and experienced team.
As well as growing in size, Wight Computers has also garnered a strong reputation, with more than 130 reviews on the independent online review platform Google Business, 100% with a five-star rating. The team have established long-standing relationships with clients on the Island as well as across the water in Portsmouth, Southampton, London and beyond.
In 2019 Wight Computers was named Member of the Year at the prestigious IW Chamber Business Awards; Andrew’s team has also been nominated twice in the Technology and Innovation category, receiving a Highly Commended in 2019. Wight Computers is a Gold winner in the Island’s Green Impact awards.