I have been self-employed since 1970 and ran my own business, Bedford Audio, selling hi-fi, televisions (including Bang & Olufsen) and amateur radio (which necessitated becoming a registered radio amateur) for over 20 years. I was lucky to have some amazing members of staff over the years who helped me provide a friendly and knowledgeable service. I also helped to form a company manufacturing and distributing SMC high quality loudspeakers throughout the UK and abroad. Having taught myself basic programming I was able to customise a database program as my first application for stock control in my hi-fi business. It proved invaluable. Other business friends asked for advice in computerising their businesses so I started Computer Solutions in parallel to the Audio business. Soon I acquired the Sage Accounts software dealership and was one of the first dealers in the country. I had a number of assistants over the years looking after up to 50 customers, most of which were small businesses in the Kempston and Bedford area. Using a variety of database programs I created applications for many companies - some of them became the main IT solution for automating the entire company.
In later years, using specialist web-design software, I was also able to produce web sites for local businesses.
Nowadays, since retiring I concentrate on creating websites for non-profit making organisations - mainly to keep my brain active and prevent boredom! I also create website for friends who require a modest - but hopefully impressive - website.