New central base for Grimsby IT refurbishment specialist
Simon Jeffrey Techie Monkey, Town Hall Street, Grimsby.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jan 2019
COMPUTER refurbishment specialist Techie Monkey is switched on for growth, securing a central Grimsby base for his environmental and financial friendly business.
IT technician Simon Jeffrey launched the business in his Laceby garage back in August 2016, scaling up to a unit at Cleethorpes Business Centre before taking an office in Town Hall Street.
The former Grimsby Institute employee, who served the education provider’s needs for nine years, sources and refurbishes IT equipment for users on a budget.
“I felt there was a need to find a solution that was personalised, economically friendly and also environmentally responsible,” he said. “The primary focus of the business is to source IT hardware, refurbish it and sell it on to businesses and home users. Some of what we provide is more powerful than the entry models you can buy new off the shelves, and often we are dealing with equipment which may only be a couple of years old.”
Ill health forced him to reconsider his options, and when looking at starting his own business, he realised there was a lot of IT support offered in the town creating “a tight market”, opting to specialise in the refurbishment role, while also offering IT services such as new hardware sourcing, wifi installation and troubleshooting, support contracts and provision of training materials. He has obtained a waste transfer licence from the Environment Agency and ensures operations are fully compliant with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, including wiping personal information to ensure security and no data breaches.
“A lot of people do what I offer, but they don’t do it to the professional level,” he said. Keen to expand further, and considering adopting a community interest company model, he has a student on a placement with him and is working with Centre 4 on a scheme to help get people back to work in deprived areas.
Working with The Business Hive he is also launching a workshop and drop-in service at the Dudley Street base, with a first session on Friday, February 1, between 1pm and 3pm.