Many moons ago, in 1995, my parents bought a PC for my sister's university studies. I managed to break this PC within hours of it's arrival! Crucially I managed to fix it promptly which not only got me out of trouble but also sparked my lifetime interest in computing.
By 1997 I'd filled the loft with computing equipment. I enjoyed building computers for myself and friends. I accepted an invite for a weeks work experience in London for an IT services company. I made a good impression; they offered a role as a support technician.
I worked in & around London's west end supporting PR, marketing & media agencies. I was eventually head-hunted by Consolidated Communications; one of the UK's top-ten PR agencies at the time.
At 19, I was appointed Consolidated's IT manager; a position I held for over 8 years. I managed several in-house servers & supported a user base which grew to 120 people, aided by a small team of technicians.
In 2007 I decided to use the knowledge & experience I'd acquired to become a freelance consultant - Toffolo IT was formed.
I've gained all my clients by personal referral - Toffolo IT has never advertised. Some of my clients are 8th generation referrals - something I'm rather proud of.