From computer repair shop to leading IT provider

From computer repair shop to leading IT provider

An independent IT company which started as a computer shop on Hagley Road in Birmingham is set to turnover £1m and is expanding into Europe.

Entrepreneur Kaveh Zanjani launched Central IT Support as a computer shop serving small and medium sized businesses in Birmingham.

After moving into new offices at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Blythe Valley Innovation Centre last year it has seen business skyrocket.

The growth has been spearheaded by a lucrative contract with Subway which sees it provide Point of Sale (POS) hardware systems and on-going IT support to more than 1,000 stores in the UK.

The work has been so successful that the company has now agreed to extend its deal with Subway – rolling out its systems to all of the fast food chain’s stores in Europe.

Zanjani said: “The business started out with us selling computers and making repairs to laptop motherboards, and gradually developed to providing IT support to small and medium size businesses.

“After opening our Subway franchise we identified an opportunity to offer our services and we’re now the only provider of HP POS hardware systems to Subway franchisees in the UK.

“As the business has grown it made sense to move to an office location to focus on the IT services to hospitality and retail sector, we’re delighted with the success we’ve achieved since opening at the Innovation Centre.

“We’ve grown the business by around 30% in each of the last two years and we are on course to a turnover over £1m this year.”

Central IT Support gained HP Business Partner status in 2016 and is expecting to add up to four new staff to its team over the next year.

Mark Homer, centre manager at the University of Warwick Science Park Blythe Valley Innovation Centre, added: “Kaveh’s decision to move to the centre and focus solely on IT support for businesses has proved to be extremely successful.

“The company, like many of our tenants, has started off with a small base and has a carefully planned growth strategy for the years to come and we look forward to helping the company achieve its targets.”